May Events at the Royal Observatory Greenwich

Join in our special Out of this World activity mornings this May half-term, or watch cult films at London's only planetarium in our Silver Screen Sci-Fi Season.

Admission charges apply to planetarium shows, Flamsteed House and Meridian Courtyard, courses and some events – see below for details. Entry into the Astronomy Centre is free.

Exhibitions: Astronomy Photographer of the Year

The annual Astronomy Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Royal Observatory Greenwich displays the spectacular winning images from the competition of 2014.

From distant galaxies to our very own Milky Way and neighbouring planets, the photographs reflect our enduring fascination with the night sky. Images on display include the winners from the four main categories: Earth and Space, Our Solar System, Deep Space and Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year, as well as three special prize winners.

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014 was organised by the Royal Observatory Greenwich in association with BBC Sky at Night Magazine. Entry to the Astronomy Centre and to the exhibition is free of charge.

Out of this World Activity Mornings

This May half-term our Out of this World activity morning will be exploring comets by looking at the mission of the Rosetta space craft, currently orbiting a comet known as ‘The Rubber Duck’ (Comet 67P/C-G), and its lander, Philae.

Sunday Space Explorers

Come along to our drop-in family workshops where one of our astronomers will show you how to make a star finder to identify stars and constellations in the night sky all year round.

Meet the Time Travellers: Nevil Maskelyne

Meet time-travelling Astronomer Royal, Nevil Maskelyne, and his human computer, Mary Edwards, in the Meridian Courtyard to find out about their life and work at Greenwich in the 18th century.

Meet the Time Travellers: Albert Einstein

Come and meet time-travelling genius Albert Einstein and his modern day companion, Anna Bastable, and find out about the amazing scientific theories he developed that changed the way we look at the Universe.

Special Events

Silver Screen Sci-Fi Showing

This May, as part of a season dedicated to classic cult sci-fi movies, the Royal Observatory Greenwich will be screening, The Time Machine (1960).

Hoping to alter the events of the past, a 19th-century inventor instead travels 800,000 years into the future, where he finds humankind divided into two warring races.

Following the movie there will be a talk from one of our astronomers on the science behind the film. Popcorn, confectionery, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase in the Planetarium foyer before the event.


This unique planetarium show, delivered in collaboration with the Australia & New Zealand Festival in London, explores four different theories of how the universe began through theatrical performance and striking visuals. Produced by a collaboration of poets, musicians, scientists, film-makers and world-renowned science writer, John Gribbin, the show will be introduced by Prof. Chris Lintott, presenter of the BBC’s The Sky at Night.

Observing Sessions

Daytime Sky Watch

Come and gaze at the planet Venus through the 18-tonne Great Equatorial Telescope. Discover the connection between the planet and Einstein’s general theory of relativity and what the plans are for its future exploration.

Note: In the event of adverse weather conditions observing may not be possible. A presentation by one of our astronomers will replace the observing session. No refunds can be provided.

Adult Courses

Travelling the Universe

This course is ideal for those interested in space travel. During this four week course, you will learn about and discuss a range of topics including the earliest ideas on how space travel could be achieved, recent developments in crewed and un-crewed space travel, and the potential future of interstellar travel. No prior scientific knowledge is required.

Planetarium Shows

Peter Harrison Planetarium

The Peter Harrison Planetarium, featuring state-of-the-art technology is the only public planetarium in London and is the centrepiece of the Royal Observatory’s Astronomy Centre.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.

An ‘Astro Ticket’ combining access to the historic Royal Observatory buildings and Meridian Courtyard with a planetarium show is available subject to availability. This offers savings for both individuals and families – contact the bookings team or see the website for further information.

Please note that the Planetarium is closed on the first Tuesday of every month for essential maintenance (except August and during Easter).

Dark Universe

Astrophysicist Neil de Grasse Tyson narrates this exciting planetarium show that goes beyond the night sky and into deep space. Find out how discoveries over the past 100 years have led us to two great cosmic mysteries: dark matter and dark energy.

The Sky Tonight

This live show, presented by a Royal Observatory Astronomer, takes visitors on a tour of what can be seen in the night sky on the day of their visit and the months ahead. The journey takes in stars, constellations, planets and moons, and includes a fly-out to the edge of the visible Universe.

Space Safari

Follow the adventures of Ted as he searches the Solar System for the great, big bear in the sky, visiting the Sun, the Moon and the Planets. In collaboration with local schools, music and songs have been developed by Trinity College of Music.

Meet the Neighbours

The Earth travels around the Sun with seven other planets, hundreds of moons and millions of asteroids. Meet our neighbours in space in this entertaining, interactive show where you can decide which planets to visit. Presented live by a Royal Observatory Greenwich astronomer.

Exhibitions and Galleries

Time and Space at the Royal Observatory

Astronomy Galleries: Situated in the Astronomy Centre, these three visually striking galleries provide opportunities to explore astronomy and our place in the universe. With amazing hands-on exhibits helping to provide answers to big questions, the galleries discover how astronomers study space and explain recent developments in modern astronomy.

Admission: Free

The Gagarin Terrace at the Royal Observatory Greenwich is home to the statue of the celebrated Russian cosmonaut and first man in space, Yuri Gagarin. The statue was originally sited at the Mall in London.

Time Galleries: Explore the importance of time in all our lives through the interactive exhibits in galleries on ‘Time and Longitude’, ‘Time and Greenwich, and ‘Time and Society’. Admission charges apply. Admission price includes entry to Flamsteed House, the Meridian Courtyard and the Meridian Building in addition to the Time Galleries.

General Information

The Royal Observatory Greenwich, National Maritime Museum,, Queen’s House and Cutty Sark operate under the banner of Royal Museums Greenwich.

The Royal Observatory Greenwich, National Maritime Museum Queen’s House andCutty Sark are open daily 10.00–17.00 (last admission 16.30). Cutty Sark’s opening times may be subject to change - please see website for details.

Admission to the Astronomy Centre at the Royal Observatory Greenwich is free. Admission to the Royal Observatory’s historic Flamsteed House, Time Galleries, Meridian Line Courtyard and Meridian Building is charged, please see website for details.

An ‘Astro Ticket’ combining access to the historic Royal Observatory buildings and Meridian Courtyard with a Planetarium show is available offering savings for both individuals and families, please see website for details.

General admission to the National Maritime Museum and Queen’s House is free. Admissions prices for Cutty Sark, as well as Museum special exhibitions can be found online. For advance bookings and further pricing information please call 020 8312 6608 or email

For updated information prior to visit please visit our web site or phone 020 8858 4422.


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