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March Events at The Royal Observatory

Highlights include: · Experience an evening in the planetarium with a live jazz score. · Join a family special of our popular Astronomy and Islam planetarium show. · Enjoy a screening of Edge of Tomorrow (2014), starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, 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 March 2020

Times: 10.00 – 17.00

Venue: Astronomy Centre, Royal Observatory Greenwich

Admission: Free

Age: Suitable for all ages

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

Space Jams at The Royal Observatory with Ashley Henry

Explore the Royal Observatory after-hours and experience astronomy and jazz in a pioneering new way. Jazz musician Ashley Henry will perform two improvised sets as the live score to awe-inspiring planetarium visuals. Guests can choose to attend one or both of these unique sets.

Dates: 9 March 2020

Times: 19:15 – 20:00 | 20:30 – 21:15

Venue: Peter Harrison Planetarium, Royal Observatory Greenwich

Admission: £18 - £21

Age: 16+

 

Astronomy and Islam: Family Special

Held before the predicted sighting of the next New Crescent Moon, join a Royal Observatory Astronomer to discover Arabic tales about characters and creatures that people imagined by joining together the bright stars in the sky. Find out which stars astronomers still call by their original Arabic names and what some of those stars are famous for today.

Date: 21 March 2020

Times: 10.00 – 10.45

Venue: Peter Harrison Planetarium, Royal Observatory Greenwich

Admission: £13 Adult | £6.50 Child

Age: 7+

 

Lightning Course: Seeing the Invisible

In this lightning course, join a Royal Observatory Astronomer to explore how light can be collected and analysed to make sense of the Universe and understand how astronomers are able to see the things that we normally wouldn’t be able to.

Dates: 14 March 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.

 

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt star in this punchy action story, in which Major William Cage inherits the power to repeat one day of a war between humankind and the terrifying invaders known as Mimics. Seeking help from the ‘Angel of Verdun’, Cage must undertake a dangerous journey to end the invasion in a single day. Will practice make perfect? After the screening, an astronomer will explore the science of time travel and alien life in a short science talk inspired by the film.

Dates: 21 March 2020

Times: 18.30 – 21.00

Venue: Peter Harrison Planetarium, Royal Observatory Greenwich

Admission: Adult £12

Age: Film rating - Cert 12

 

FAMILY EVENTS

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 throughout March 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

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.

 

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 March 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: Throughout March 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

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: Throughout March 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: Throughout March 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 March 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.

 

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, 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 details www.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 and Cutty Sark operate under the banner of Royal Museums Greenwich.

 

The Royal Observatory Greenwich, National Maritime Museum, Queen’s House and Cutty 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 www.rmg.co.uk/cuttysark.

 

General admission to the National Maritime Museum is free. Admissions prices for Cutty Sark, as well as Museum special exhibitions can 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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