Astronomy and Islam Mornings

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Date and time: 
21 & 22 Dec | 10:00am - 10:45am
25 Jan | 10:00am - 10:45am
22 Feb | 10:00am - 10:45am
Adult: £13.00 | Concession (16-17 yrs): £11.70 | Child (4-15 yrs): £6.50
Planetarium & Astronomy Centre
Community astronomy
10% members discount

Join an astronomer for a special show featuring the New Crescent Moon and the history of studying it, where visitors will have access to the historical part of the Royal Observatory after the show.  

Our Astronomy and Islam Mornings are held before the predicted sighting of the next New Crescent Moon. A Royal Observatory Greenwich astronomer will guide you through the stars in our special planetarium show to help you do everything from observe the New Crescent Moon, learn how Arabic astronomers helped lay the foundation of modern astronomy, go over different tales of Arabic constellations and discover instruments built for navigation and prayer. 

After the Planetarium show, visitors are welcome to come along to a practical demonstration to learn how to sight the New Crescent Moon. Visitors can chose between two types of tickets: a planetarium show with access to the historical part of the Royal Observatory or the planetarium show only. Planetarium show only tickets are standard planetarium prices (£10 Adult, £9 Concession, £5 Child). The ticket with both the planetarium show and entry to the historic Observatory will save visitors 50% on the normal combined ticket prices (£13 Adult, £11.70 Concession, £6.50 Child). 

There are three different Astronomy and Islam Mornings: an Introduction, Astronavigation and the Family Special. These shows run every quarter of the year. Below is information about each of the three Astronomy and Islam Mornings and the date of the next event.

PLEASE NOTE: The gates to the Royal Observatory Greenwich’s Astronomy Centre open at 10am. On arrival please proceed to the planetarium. Late entry and re-entry into the planetarium is not permitted once the show is in progress. 

For Group Bookings (10+ people): Please send an email directly to or phone +44 (0)20 8312 6608 to book tickets for groups over 10 people. At the time of booking, a list of names will need to be provided, which will help with organisation on the day of the show. If you book online directly through the website, then we will be contacting you directly for a list of names in the group before the event.


Saturday 25th Jan | 10:00am - 10:45am

The Introduction show of our Astronomy and Islam Mornings gives a general overview of the sky that month and ties in historical Arabic astronomers who helped form our understanding of modern astronomy. This show also focuses on the Moon, including the difficulties in defining and understanding the New Crescent phase. 

Our Introduction show is recommended for ages 11+.



Saturday 22nd Feb | 10:00am - 10:45am

This special 'Astronavigation' version of the Astronomy and Islam planetarium show will be presented by a Royal Observatory astronomer. The astronomer will use the planetarium to travel though time and around the globe to explain historic methods of navigating by the stars on long sea voyages. They will also explain the instruments that were built for navigation and prayer, including the kamal and astrolabe. 

Our Astronavigation show is pitched at a higher level than the other Astronomy and Islam shows and is recommended for ages 11+.



Saturday Dec 21st and Sunday Dec 22nd | 10:00am - 10:45am

The Astronomy and Islam Family Special show highlights Arabic tales about characters and creatures that people imagined 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 Royal Observatory astronomer will also talk about the Moon and why it seems to change shape over the course of the month.

Our Family Special show will be pitched at a family audience and is suitable for children at a younger age range. Recommended for ages 7+.