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Royal Observatory Forthcoming Events

Highlights include: Explore the Royal Observatory after dark in An Evening With the Stars. Brush up on your space knowledge with an advanced guide to the night sky from an astronomer inSky and Scope, a live planetarium show for experienced stargazers. Enjoy screenings ofWALL-E(2008) and Blade Runner 2049(2017) in London’s only planetarium.

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 AND EVENTS

Marvellous Moons

Discover more about the moons of the Solar System in this amazing photographic exhibition. From our familiar Moon to the lava world of Io or toxic lakes on Titan, this exhibition showcases the fantastic variety of planetary moons in our Solar System.

 

Dates:            Throughout December 2019 and January 2020

Times:            10:00 – 17:00

Venue:           Astronomy Centre, Royal Observatory Greenwich

Admission:    Free

Age:                Suitable for all ages

 

An Evening with the Stars

The popular after dark experience at the Royal Observatory Greenwich includes a show in London’s only public planetarium and the chance to look through the gigantic Great Equatorial Telescope at what the night sky has to offer. Plus, spend some time on the Greenwich Meridian with a hot drink, an amazing view and astronomers on hand to answer all your space-related questions.

Date:               6, 7, 20 and 21 December 2019

                        10, 11, 24 and 25 January 2020

Times:          17.25–19.30 | 17.30–19.30 | 18.45–20.50 | 18.50–20.50

Venue:           Peter Harrison Planetarium, Royal Observatory Greenwich

Admission:     £24Adult | £12 Child

Age:               7+

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.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Royal Observatory Greenwich Christmas Lecture

Lunar expert Professor Ian Crawford (Birkbeck, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences) will talk about the scientific legacy of the Apollo programme that continues to resonate in research today just as much as it did five decades ago. From moon rock samples recovered, the multitude of photographs captured, through to the results from various Apollo Lunar Surface Experiments Packages, the Apollo missions lay the foundation to help unravel not just the secrets of our closest neighbour, but also provide clues to the origin of the planet we call home as well as the history of impacts experienced by the other planets and moons in our solar system.

Dates:              13 December 2019

Time:               18.45-19.45

Venue:            Peter Harrison Planetarium, Royal Observatory Greenwich

Admission:       £12 Adult | £6 Child

 

Sky and Scope

Join a Royal Observatory Astronomer for an advanced guide to the night sky this season. This extended ‘Sky Tonight Live’ show is intended for experienced stargazers looking to forego the basics for an in-depth exploration of what to find and capture over the coming months. Featuring high-level concepts, as well as up-to-the-minute observing news, the show is ideally suited to those familiar with astronomy jargon.

Date:             14 December 2019

Times:           10:00-10:45

Venue:           Astronomy Centre, Royal Observatory Greenwich

Admission:    £13 Adult

Age:               16+

 

Astronomy and Islam: Introduction

Held before the predicted sighting of the next New Crescent Moon, join a Royal Observatory Astronomer for a special introduction show featuring the New Crescent Moon and historic Islamic astronomy.

Date:               25 January 2020

Times:          10:00 – 10:45

Venue:           Peter Harrison Planetarium, Royal Observatory Greenwich

Admission:     £13Adult | £6.50 Child

Age:               11+ 

 

Lightning Course: How to build a spacecraft

In this lightning course, a Royal Observatory Astronomer will guide participants inthe theory of how to build a spacecraft and the challenges involved.

Dates:            18 January 2020

Times:             10:30 – 14:30

Venue:           Astronomy Centre, Royal Observatory Greenwich

Admission:     £32

Age:                16+ 

 

SILVER-SCREEN SCI-FI

Enjoy screenings of cult and blockbuster sci-fi movies in London’s only planetarium, followed by a short talk by a Royal Observatory astronomer. Cinema style snacks and beverages will be on sale in the foyer before the show.

WALL-E(2008)

In this family-friendly animated film set on future Earth, the lonely waste disposal robot WALL-E meets a visiting robot EVE and starts a friendship that leads to a huge adventure and a quest to bring humans back to the planet after the environment has been destroyed.

Date:             14 December 2019

Time:             18.30-20.30

Venue:           Peter Harrison Planetarium, Royal Observatory Greenwich

Admission:    Adult £12 | Child £6

Age:               U Certificate 

Blade Runner 2049(2017)

Director Denis Villeneuve presents the sequel to the iconic science fiction thriller BladeRunner to stunning effect bringing new and old characters together in a visual masterpiece just as thought-provoking as its predecessor.

Date:             18 January 2020

Time:             18.45-22.00

Venue:           Peter Harrison Planetarium, Royal Observatory Greenwich

Admission:    Adult £12

Age:               15 Certificate 

 

FAMILY EVENTS

Astronomy and Islam: Family Special

Held before the predicted sighting of the next New Crescent Moon, this special family version of the Astronomy and Islam planetarium show will be presented by a Royal Observatory Astronomer. Explore Arabic tales woven into the starry night sky and why the Moon seems to change shape over the month.

 

Date:               14 and 15 December 2019

Times:          10:00 – 10:45

Venue:           Peter Harrison Planetarium, Royal Observatory Greenwich

Admission:     £13Adult | £6.50 Child

Age:               7+ 

 

Observatory Unlocked

Enjoy a range of public talks and activities delivered by our Observatory Explainers in the Meridian Courtyard, ranging from uncovering the hidden stories of the Royal Observatory Greenwich to solar observing and hands-on science demonstrations. Our Observatory Explainers will be happy to answer any questions you might have between presentations.

NOTE: In the event of rain this activity will take place in the Great Equatorial Telescope or the Octagon Room. Please check with a member of staff.

Dates:            Weekends and holidays throughoutDecember2019 and January 2020

Times:            11:00-14:30

Venue:           Meridian Courtyard, Royal Observatory Greenwich

Admission:      Included in Royal Observatory, Flamsteed House and Meridian Courtyard admission price

Age:               7+ 

 

PLANETARIUM SHOWS

Peter Harrison Planetarium

ThePeter 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.

Please note that the Planetarium is closed on the first Tuesday of every month for essential maintenance (except February and during Easter). For up to date information visit our website: www.rmg.co.uk 

Moons Beyond Counting

Discover our own Moon and some of the more exotic moons of the Solar System in this brand new show narrated by an astronomer.

Dates:             Throughout December2019 and January 2020

Times:             Weekends/holidays: 12.30 | 14.45 | 17.00 Term-time weekdays: 14.45

Venue:           Peter Harrison Planetarium

Admission:    £10.00 Adult | £5 Child | £6.65 Concession (Under 25/Student)

Age:               7+ 

 

Phantom of the Universe

Explore our ongoing hunt for Dark Matter, the mysterious invisible stuff that makes up 85% of the universe, in this incredible new show.

Dates:            ThroughoutDecember2019 and January 2020

Times:           12.30 | 14.45 | 17.00 (holiday weekdays and weekends)

Venue:           Peter Harrison Planetarium

Admission:    £10.00 Adult | £5 Child | £6.65 Concession (Under 25/Student)

Age:               7+ 

 

The Sky Tonight: Christmas Stars

Come and find out what the night sky has to offer in December as we head toward Christmas in this festive-themed show. Presented live by a Royal Observatory Astronomer, the show will look at the Moon, constellations and planets.

Dates:            Throughout December 2018

Times:           16.15 (weekdays during term time)

11.45 | 14.00 | 16.15 (weekends and holiday weekdays)

Venue:           Peter Harrison Planetarium

Admission:    £10 Adult | £5 Child | £6.65 Concession (Under 25/Student)

Age:               5+

 

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.

Dates:            ThroughoutDecember2019 and January 2020

Times:           11.45 | 14.00 | 16.15 | 17.00 (holiday weekdays and weekends)

Venue:           Peter Harrison Planetarium

Admission:    £10.00 Adult | £5 Child | £6.65 Concession (Under 25/Student)

Age:               5+

 

Ted's Space Adventure: special under-7s show

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 Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

Dates:            ThroughoutDecember2019 and January 2020

Times:           11.00 | 17.00 (holiday weekdays and weekends)

Venue:           Peter Harrison Planetarium

Admission:    £10.00 Adult | £5 Child | £6.65 Concession (Under 25/Student)

Age:               7 and under

 

Meet the Neighbours 

Meet our next-door neighbours in space in this entertaining, interactive show where you can decide which planets to visit. Vote with the audience on which planets to explore in depth, before moving beyond to explore neighbouring stars and galaxies far away in the depths of space.

Dates:            Throughout December2019 and January 2020

Times:           13.15 | 15.30 | 17.00 (holiday weekdays and weekends)

Venue:           Peter Harrison Planetarium

Admission:    £10.00 Adult | £5 Child | £6.65 Concession (Under 25/Student)

Age:               5+ 

 

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

Observatory Life:Situated in Flamsteed House, the Apartments of previous Astronomers Royal have been refreshed to convey the domestic stories of two Observatory families across two different time periods: the Maskelynes (1765-1811) and the Airys (1835-1881). Through a rich mixture of objects, graphics, audio-visual material, discover how the families welcomed guests, played games, dressed fashionably, sketched their surroundings and devised homemade remedies to combat illness. 

TheGagarin Terraceat 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, please see website for details www.rmg.co.uk/astronomy-and-time-galleries/gagarin-statue

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 applies, please see website for detailswww.rmg.co.uk/visit. 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 andCutty Sark operate under the banner of Royal Museums Greenwich. 

The Royal Observatory Greenwich, National Maritime Museum, Queen’s House andCutty Sarkare open daily 10.00 - 17.00 (last admission 16.30). Cutty Sark’s opening times may be subject to change - please see website for detailswww.rmg.co.uk/cuttysark.

General admission to the National Maritime Museum is free. Admissions prices forCutty Sark, as well as Museum special exhibitionscan be found online at www.rmg.co.uk/visit. For advance bookings and further pricing information please call 020 8312 6608 or email bookings@rmg.co.uk

For information on ticket prices and combination tickets, visit www.rmg.co.uk

For updated information prior to visit please visit our web site:http://www.rmg.co.uk or phone 020 8858 4422. 

 

 
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