An Evening with the Moon

Coronavirus reopening

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Essential information

Date and time: 
26 June, 25 July 2020 | 18:30-19:45 | 19:15-20:30
Adult £16 | Child £8 | 10% off for 16-17 year olds
Peter Harrison Planetarium, Great Equatorial Telescope gallery
10% members discount

Join us for an evening of moongazing, including a Moon-themed planetarium show and a chance to look through our 18-tonne Victorian telescope.

Astronomers from the Royal Observatory will be pointing our largest telescope at our constant companion in these special summer moongazing events. The evening begins with a visit to the café where drinks and snacks will be available for purchace before going to the planetarium for a live show with guidance on the Moon and stars from an astronomer. Finally you will be brought over to our 130-year-old Great Equatorial Telescope. Here, weather permitting, you'll have the chance to look through it and see the Moon up close with craters, valleys and mountains, and find out more about the history of the Moon and our relationship with it through exploration.

Please note that in the event of high winds, wet or cloudy weather telescope viewing will not be possible and a talk will be given by a knowledgable astronomer and footage from a clear night will be shown. There are no refunds for bad weather.

The Great Equatorial Telescope is not accessible to those with mobility issues as the only access is via spiral staircase.