Silver Screen Science Fiction: Hidden Figures

Planetarium closures

Visitor notice: Between 21 - 23 of April the scheduled 'Phantom of the Universe' planetarium show will be replaced by the 'Final Frontier' show in all the advertised slots.  See what's on and choose your next space adventure

Essential information

Date and time: 
10 March | 6pm - 8.45pm
Adult: £10 | Concession: £8.50 | Child: £7.00
Royal Observatory, Peter Harrison Planetarium
Evenings and Lates
10% members discount

The story of three female African American mathematicians fighting segregation at the dawn of the space race.

Enjoy screenings of vintage, cult and blockbuster sci-fi movies in our planetarium, followed by a short talk on the science behind the fiction by a Royal Observatory astronomer. Before computers were digital, they were human. There are hidden stories of these human computers scattered throughout the centuries. This film starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae highlights the story of a trio of African American computers who overcame adversity to gain the recognition and respect they deserved in making NASAs first forays into space a success during the late '50s and early '60s. After the screening a curator from the Royal Observatory will highlight our own hidden figures in the history of astronomy whose stories show a struggle against prejudice particularly with regards to gender, and the impact they had in their time.

This Silver Screen Science Fiction film is part of Women's History Month 2018. Cinema style snacks and beverages will be on sale in the foyer before the show.

Film runtime: 127mins. Certificate PG.