Planetarium shows

Astronomy and Islam Morning: Family Special

Held before the predicted sighting of the next New Crescent Moon, a Royal Observatory Greenwich astronomer will guide young and old alike through the night sky, highlighting Arabic tales about characters and creatures that people imagined seeing by joining together the bright stars in the sky. Find out which stars astronomers still call by their original Arabic names and what some of those stars are famous for today. The astronomer presenting will also talk about the Moon and why it seems to change shape over the course of a month.

Phantom of the Universe

The planetarium show reveals the first hints of its existence through the eyes of Fritz Zwicky, the scientist who coined the term "dark matter." It describes the astral choreography witnessed by Vera Rubin in the Andromeda galaxy and then plummets deep underground to see the most sensitive dark matter detector on Earth, housed in a former gold mine.

Morning Stars on Mars

Join our Royal Observatory Astronomers for a friendly and calm moring of exploring Mars and space in a planetarium show followed by a slot for a workshop.

There will be no obligation to stay for the full duartion and exit and re-entry to both the planetarium show and workshop is okay. In our workshop take a virtual walk on Mars with our virtual reality activity to feel what it’s like to step onto the planet and identify features on the Martian surface. This will be combined with meteorite handling and a chance to ask astronomers about the possibility of life on Mars.

Solar System, Galaxy, Universe

Some of our school shows are open to the public. Visitors should be aware that school shows are designed for and attended by large numbers of excited school children and may be noisy.

This live curriculum linked show is specifically designed for pupils aged 11+, but is also suitable for anyone aged 11+ with a little pre-existing knowledge of astronomy. It explores key topics in understanding the Solar System, galaxy and wider universe.

This show is specifically designed for schools and is only shown in term time.

Age: 11+

Holiday to Space activity morning

Start the morning with a sing along to help Ted find the great big bear in our 20-minute Space Safari planetarium show, filled with spectacular views of the planets up close!

Afterwards, take part in a 30-minute workshop in one of our learning spaces, to find out a little more about Ted’s adventure to the planets. Can you choose one that would make a good holiday destination? Help prepare our brave teddy bear for the trip and his stay.

The Sky Tonight

Find out what the night sky has to offer in the month ahead, in this traditional planetarium show presented live by a Royal Observatory astronomer.

Age: 5+

Arriving at the Planetarium

The Planetarium is part of the Royal Observatory, located on a hill with spectacular views across London. Please allow enough time to get to us and aim to arrive at least 10 mins before a show’s start time, as latecomers cannot be admitted.

The Planetarium is open daily, except for the first Tuesday of every month when it is closed for essential maintenance.


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