October Events at the Royal Observatory Greenwich

Highlights this month include a cult film at London's only planetarium in our Silver Screen Sci-Fi season; and space exploration and NASA’s New Horizons mission in our half-term activities.

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.


Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2015

The Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2015 exhibition at the Royal Observatory Greenwich displays the spectacular winning images from this year’s competition in the Observatory’s Astronomy Centre.

From distant galaxies to our very own Milky Way and neighbouring planets, the entries to this year’s competition reflect our enduring fascination with the night sky.

Images on display include the winners from the nine main categories, as well as two special prize winners. Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2015 is organised by the Royal Observatory Greenwich in association with Insight Investment and BBC Sky at Night Magazine. Entry to the Astronomy Centre and to the exhibition is free of charge.

Special Events

Judging the Universe

Join Public Astronomer, Dr Marek Kukula, and fellow judges of this year’s Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2015 competition; Chris Bramley, Dr Melanie Vandenbrouck and Ed Robinson, as they explore the challenges they faced in identifying the winners.

Do the scientists, photographers, art curators and journalists on the panel always agree?

I am because you are

I am because you are is an anthology of short stories and essays inspired by Einstein’s theory of General Relativity.

Join Public Astronomer, Dr Marek Kukula, and astronomer and anthology editor Pippa Goldschmidt, with contributing authors to learn about Einstein’s strangest idea and the kind of literature it incites. Books will be available for signing after the event.

Think Space Lecture

Find out about the latest research and developments in astrophysics with ourThink Space Lectures. No prior knowledge is required, just a healthy dose of curiosity.

Family Events: October Half-Term

Out of this World

Our Out of this World activity mornings celebrate the success of the NASA spacecraft New Horizons in its high-speed flyby of the double dwarf planet Pluto and Charon. Using the images from space missions to the outer Solar System, explore dwarf planets and giant moons.

Weekend Space Cadets

Come along to our new programme of weekend family workshops and participate in a varied range of activities related to space science and exploration: from life on the International Space Station to the latest robotic missions exploring the Solar System and beyond.

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.

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).

We Are Aliens

Rupert Grint of Harry Potter fame narrates this exciting planetarium show, exploring how our understanding of life on Earth guides our hunt for alien life elsewhere in the Universe. Visit Mars, Europa and distant exoplanets to try and answer the ultimate question… are we alone?

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.

Captured Starlight

Soak up the spectacle of the winning images from this year’s Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2015 competition in this Planetarium show.

Narrated live by a Royal Observatory astronomer, discover when, where and how these phenomenal photographs were captured and also see a selection of their personal favourites from the shortlist.

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.

Solar System, Galaxy, Universe

This show explores the scale of the Solar System, Galaxy and Universe and how we measure it, investigating the structure of the universe from the smallest planets to the largest galactic superclusters.

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.

In preparation for the 400th anniversary in 2016 of its commissioning and design, the Queen’s House will be closed until 4 July 2016.

The Royal Observatory Greenwich, National Maritime Museum 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 bookings@rmg.co.uk

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


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