Planetarium shows

Silver Screen Science Fiction: Fantastic Voyage

Starring Raquel Welch, Stephen Boyd and Donald Pleasance. This 1960's science fiction fantasy film explores inner space instead of outer space as the mixed bag of shrunken crew members the anatomy of the human body magnified to bizarre and terrifying powers. After the screening Royal Observatory Astronomer, Affelia Wibisono will explore how far our shrinking technology has come in real life, touching on nanotechnology and the medical physics available today to give us the latest insights into the human body.

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

This early morning show is for children with an Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) and their families and carers. Explore the night sky and find out live from a Royal Observatory Astronomer what is visible on the night of your visit and the month ahead, with opportunities to ask questions afterwards.

Age: 5+

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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