Phantom of the Universe

Planetarium Closed

Visitor Notice: The Planetarium will be closed April 1 - April 7 for essential maintanance. Tickets may be available for the weekend April 6 - 7 in person on the day. The rest of the Royal Observatory is open as usual. Book tickets your tickets today.

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Weekdays: 2.45pm | Weekends and holidays: 12.30pm, 2.45pm
Adult £8 | Child £5.35 | Concession £5.35
Royal Observatory, Peter Harrison Planetarium

An exciting planetarium show exploring dark matter, from the Big Bang to its anticipated discovery at the Large Hadron Collider.

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.

From there, it journeys across space and time to the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, speeding alongside particles before they collide in visually stunning explosions of light and sound, while learning how scientists around the world are collaborating to track down the constituents of dark matter.