Essential Information

Type Exhibitions
Royal Observatory
Date and Times Open daily | 10am-5pm
Prices Free for all Planetarium show ticketholders and Royal Observatory visitors

Each day, over 1,000 satellites constantly image and analyse Earth.

The data collected, encompassing observations of everything from volcanic eruptions to traffic jams, is shaping our modern world.

From space, Earth’s fragile beauty is most obvious. Its changing climate is unmistakable, as habitats retreat and oceans warm. But the data gathered is also helping to turn things around.

Satellite photograph of Great Britain and Ireland during the summer 2022 heatwave. Large swathes of brown in the south and east of England show how the heat has affected the country
(Image courtesy of the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space Center/Expedition 67 Crew)

Earth from Space takes a closer look at our world through the satellite’s lens, opening up a perspective that only a handful of humans have experienced themselves.

Through astrophotography, video and interactive elements, the exhibition at the Royal Observatory Greenwich explores satellites’ vital role in tackling climate change, and reveals a truly unique, living planet: our home in space.

Earth From Space is free for all Planetarium show ticketholders and Royal Observatory visitors.

Look inside the exhibition

Tap the arrows to see just a handful of the remarkable images featured in Earth From Space.

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The Blue Marble

Taken by the crew of Apollo 17 on 7 December 1972, this full-disc image of Earth became famous as the original ‘Blue Marble’ - one of the first images of the entire planet from space. In it we see the South Pole, Africa and a cyclone over India. During Apollo both remote and handheld photography was used, with astronaut images providing a uniquely human perspective of the Earth and Moon. The image remains one of the most culturally significant in history, with countless reproductions by other space missions, for its stark demonstration of Earth as a living island in an otherwise dark cosmos.

Apollo 17/Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech

An image for 'The Blue Marble'

Baltic Bloom

The ocean’s smallest plants, phytoplankton, can bloom in their billions when cool ocean currents deliver sufficient nutrients, as they have done here in the Gulf of Finland. Phytoplankton alone convert about as much carbon from our atmosphere into living mater as all land plants combined, making them a potentially vital tool in combatting climate change. However, blooms can also be harmful to other wildlife and humans. Imaging blooms from space greatly aids the study of these important plants as our ocean warms.

NASA Earth Observatory images by Joshua Stevens and Lauren Dauphin, using Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey and MODIS data from LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response

An image for 'Baltic Bloom'


In the summer of 2022, temperatures in the UK exceeded 40°C, turning large areas of the country yellow. It is predicted that Europe will likely see longer, more frequent, and more intense heatwaves due to climate change, and the extent of heat stress on flora is striking from space. In 2023, temperatures in parts of Europe approached 48°C, intensifying wildfires and making them more dangerous and more difficult to control. Satellite data can help protect ecosystems in both the UK and the rest of the world during intense heat.

Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space Center/Expedition 67 Crew

An image for 'Heatwave'


In false colour, the blue ice shelves of the Antarctic can be seen breaking up. In 2017 ESA Sentinel satellites witnessed a major disintegration of the Larsen Ice Shelf in the Weddell Sea. While the melting of ice shelves does not raise sea levels, their break-up dramatically quickens glacial melt on land, which does contribute to higher sea levels. Ice shelves are also unique marine ecosystems and their loss is now closely monitored.

ESA/Sentinel-3/Copernicus/CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

An image for 'Breakaway'

Fjord Tracks

Human activity does not have to be on a grand scale to be visible. In Greenland in March 2023, Landsat 9 observed straight tracks carved on the frozen Tunulliarfik fjord, indicating that the 150 or so residents of nearby towns are likely using vehicles to traverse the ice for hunting, fishing or as a quicker route to the airstrip seen at the top of the image. Even life in the most remote locations on Earth is visible to satellites.

NASA Earth Observatory images by Lauren Dauphin, using Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey

An image for 'Fjord Tracks'


In early 2021 global shipping all but ground to a stop when the huge container ship Ever Given blocked the Suez Canal. After a week, a traffic jam of 367 vessels had developed, stretching over 100 km into the Red Sea. Countless satellites monitored events and coordinated the rescue attempt from space, providing useful data during efforts to refloat the stranded ship.

NASA Earth Observatory images by Lauren Dauphin and Joshua Stevens, using Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey and VIIRS day-night band data from the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership

An image for 'Blockage'

Suspended in a Sunbeam

Taken by the Voyager 1 probe on Valentine’s Day 1990, this is the most distant image of Earth ever made. Earth is but a fraction of a single pixel, but visible nonetheless. Astronomer and scientist Carl Sagan encouraged NASA to allow this image to be taken just minutes before Voyager’s cameras shut down forever. His accompanying lecture, ‘Pale Blue Dot’, remains one of the most evocative pieces written on Earth’s fragility and our responsibility to protect it.


An image for 'Suspended in a Sunbeam'

Plan your visit

Tickets and Opening

Free for Planetarium ticketholders
Included in Observatory entry


Open daily from 21 October 2023


  • Greenwich Station
  • Cutty Sark DLR
  • Maze Hill Station
  • Greenwich Pier

What’s On

Find all events coming up at the Royal Observatory.

A photograph of the historic Royal Observatory Greenwich. The view is looking up at the brick building from Greenwich Park, with autumnal leaves in the foreground and a clear blue sky above

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Visit the home of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), the Prime Meridian of the world and London’s only Planetarium

Main image courtesy of the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space Center

Choose your tickets

Earth From Space is free for all Planetarium show ticketholders and Royal Observatory visitors. If you'd like to visit the historic Royal Observatory, you'll need a timed entry ticket. Planetarium shows are not included in general admissions to the Royal Observatory and must be booked separately.

A couple walks along the Prime Meridian Line in front of the historic Royal Observatory Greenwich building

Royal Observatory

  • Walk the Prime Meridian line
  • See the best view in London
  • Guaranteed entry time
  • Audio guide included
  • Planetarium shows not included
Adult £18
Child £9
Images of constellations, the Moon, Mars, a comet and the Andromeda galaxy

Planetarium show

The Sky Tonight

  • Daily shows
  • Suitable for ages 7+
  • Not available for under 5s
Adult £12.00
Child £6.00
Student & Under 25 £8.00

Planetarium show

Ted's Space Adventure

  • Suitable for under 7s
  • Shows run Saturdays and Sundays
  • Daily during school holidays
Adult £12.00
Child £6.00
Student & Under 25  £8.00
Images of each planet in the solar system and the Sun

Planetarium show

Meet the Neighbours

  • Dates vary
  • Suitable for ages 7+
  • Not available for under 5s
Adult £12.00
Child £6.00
Student & Under 25 £8.00