Solar Superstorms

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Weekdays 2.45pm | Weekends 12.30pm, 2.45pm
Adult £8 | Child £5.50 | Concession £7
Royal Observatory, Planetarium & Astronomy Centre, Peter Harrison Planetarium

Discover the secrets of our star the Sun in this fascinating show narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch.

A fury is building on the surface of the Sun – high-velocity jets, a fiery tsunami wave that reaches 100,000 kilometres high, rising loops of electrified gas. What's driving these strange phenomena? How will they affect planet Earth?

Find the answers as we venture into the seething interior of our star. Solar Superstorms is a major new production that takes viewers into the tangle of magnetic fields and superhot plasma that vent the Sun's rage in dramatic flares, violent solar tornadoes, and the largest eruptions in the solar system: Coronal Mass Ejections.

The show features one of the most intensive efforts ever made to visualize the inner workings of the Sun, including a series of ground-breaking scientific visualizations computed on the giant new supercomputing initiative, Blue Waters, based at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA.

Age: 7+

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