Planetarium shows

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+

Holiday to Space

The morning starts in our planetarium with our 20 minute Space Safari show filled with spectacular views of the planets up close and a chance to sing along to help Ted find the great big bear.                    

Afterwards a 30 minute workshop takes place in one of our learning spaces to find out a little more about Ted’s adventure to the planets, to choose one that would make a good holiday destination and to help prepare our brave teddy bear for the trip and stay.

Silver Screen Science Fiction: Sunshine (2007)

The year is 2057. The Sun is dying and a brave crew are on a 150 million km journey to deliver a bomb to reignite it. It’s a long voyage fraught with danger and not all of it  comes from outside the spacecraft.

After the film, Royal Observatory astronomer Tom Kerss will take a look at the fact behind the fiction answering questions such as: can  the Sun really die, how close could we get to the Sun and how do we know so much  about the inside of our star having never sent anything inside it?

Certificate 15

Holiday to Space with Q Pootle 5

Bring your little ones along to a special Q Pootle 5 themed morning where you will get the chance to watch an episode of the hit CBeebies series on the big screen surrounded by stars in our morning planetarium screening!

This is followed by an interactive presentation from Nick and a chance to meet him at a book signing after the show.

Ted's Space Adventure

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 3-7, but is also suitable for families or groups with children aged 0-7. Follow Ted the bear as he travels the Solar System looking for the Great Big Bear in the Sky.


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