Essential Information

Type Member events
National Maritime Museum
Date and Times Monday 28 February - Sunday 6 March
Prices Free | Members only

While the Royal Observatory is closed for refurbishments, we invite our Members to explore our space collection across the Museum. With lectures, events for families and behind the scenes looks at our collections, there's something for everyone.

Odyssey to the North - Chasing the Aurora Borealis

Wednesday 2 March, 6.30pm

A thin blurred line of green and purple aurorae cuts diagonally across a dark sky

Join aurora-chaser and former Royal Observatory astronomer Tom Kerss and learn about the history and science of the Northern Lights, how to forecast them and how to spot them. 

This event is recommended for all Members.

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Explore our Library

Friday 4 March, 2pm and 3pm

Your opportunity to view some of the gems in our astronomy collection at the Caird Library. 

This event is recommended for Members 12+.

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Ask an Astronomer

Friday 4 March, 6pm

Crescent Moon rising above sand dunes

Got a burning space question? Here's your chance to find the answer in this session with expert astronomers from the Royal Observatory. 

This event is recommended for Members 5-15 years old. 

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Blast off to Space!

Saturday 5 March, 2pm and 3pm

A Smiley in Space by Nicolas Rolland and Martin Pugh

Explore the solar system with Captain Starlight in this interactive crafting session. 

This event is recommended for Members 2-8 years old. 

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Apollo 11 (2019)

Saturday 5 March, 6pm

A large group of people, watching a planetarium show. The screen is showing a swirl of a galaxy

Join us in the Peter Harrison Planetarium for an exclusive screening of Todd Douglas Miller's documentary, Apollo 11.

This event is recommended for Members 7+.

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Not already a Member?

Join today for a host of exclusive benefits and events, including unlimited free entry to Cutty Sark, the Royal Observatory, shows at the Peter Harrison Planetarium, and special exhibitions at the National Maritime Museum.

With Membership starting from as little as £50 what are you waiting for? Membership is your time to explore!

Image Banner: The Milky Ring by Zhong Wu , Winner in the Galaxies category in the 2021 Astronomy Photographer of the Year award.