Join this live planetarium show to explore topics in ancient and modern Chinese astronomy, including the Sun, Moon, stars and space exploration, guided through by an astronomer of the Royal Observatory Greenwich.
In this show, the astronomer will explore the links between astronomy and the Chinese calendar such as the phases of the Moon and how they relate to traditional festivals still celebrated by Chinese people today. They will also look at a few modern constellations that are prominent in the sky during the current season and compare them to their ancient Chinese counterparts. And no show on Chinese astronomy would be complete without a discussion of the latest achievements of the nation’s space programme, from the soft landing on the far side of the Moon to the mission to Mars.
Recommended ages 7+. Under-5s will not be admitted.
While this show will be delivered in English, make sure to take a look at our Bilingual Families planetarium shows that are delivered in a variety of languages.
How to book
Planetarium shows are now available to book online and by phone. Our shows are very popular, to prevent any disappointment, we recommend booking your tickets in advance.
To book your tickets, please click here or contact the Bookings team on 0208 312 6608. The office is open Monday-Sunday, 9am-5pm.
Plan your visit
Yes! This show is suitable for ages 7+. Children under 5 will not be admitted. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Planetarium shows last up to 30 minutes.
The planetarium is part of the Royal Observatory, at the top of a hill with spectacular views across London. Please allow enough time to get to us and aim to arrive at least 15 minutes before the show’s start time, as latecomers cannot be admitted.
Pushchairs are not allowed into the planetarium itself but there is a designated buggy park in the foyer.
You do not need a Royal Observatory ticket to visit the Planetarium. However, if you would also like to visit the historic observatory then you can book a separate ticket here.