Phantom of the Universe

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Essential information

Event type: 
Date and time: 
12 noon and 2pm | Weds - Fri from 3rd to 18th Dec
12 noon and 3pm | Weekends from 5th Dec to 3rd Jan
12 noon and 3pm | Weekdays from 21st Dec to 1st Jan
No Shows 24th-26th December
Adult £10 | Child £5 (Phone bookings only, 24 hours in advance)
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.

This 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.

Important information

This show is suitable for 7+. Children under 5 will not be admitted. 

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 show will run for 24 minutes. 

How to book

Bookings for Planetarium shows are via phone only, 24 hours in advance of the screening. 

To book Planetarium tickets, please contact our Bookings team on 0208 312 6608. 
The Bookings office is open Monday–Sunday; 09:00–17:00. 
You will need to book your tickets for our shows at least 24 hours in advance.

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