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May Events at The Royal Observatory

This May watch space and jazz collide in this special planetarium show with live sets by musician Thomas Truaxe. Join an introductory special edition of our popular Astronomy and Islam planetarium show. Star Trek will also be screened in London's only planetarium.

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 May 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 Thomas Truax

Explore the Royal Observatory after-hours and experience astronomy and jazz in a pioneering new way. Jazz musician Thomas Truax 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: 7 May 2020

Times: 18.45 – 20.00 | 20.15 – 21.15

Venue: Peter Harrison Planetarium, Royal Observatory Greenwich

Admission: £18 - £21

Age: 18+

 

Science in the Dome

Join a Royal Observatory astronomer for an indepth guide to the night sky this season.

This is an extended Sky Tonight Live show, intended for astronomy enthusiasts or anyone who would like to explore space in more detail. The show will not only discuss the plethora of objects in the night sky over the upcoming weeks, but will take a more detailed look at what we cannot necessarily see with the naked eye - the topic of this show is comets and asteroids in our solar system.

Dates: 16 May 2020

Times: 10.10 – 10:45

Venue: Peter Harrison Planetarium, Royal Observatory Greenwich

Admission: £10

Age: 16+

 

Lightning Course: Exoplanets

The search for exoplanets is one of the youngest fields of research in astronomy, and

yet is one of the biggest and fastest growing. Robotic telescopes and probes producing

vast quantities of data are throwing out new candidate exoplanets at an alarming rate, and future missions will improve on this even further. In this course, a Royal Observatory astronomer will take you through the problems and solutions in the search for exoplanets.

Dates: 9 May 2020

Times: 11.30 – 15.30

Venue: Astronomy Centre, Royal Observatory Greenwich

Admission: £32

Age: 16+

 

Annie Maunder Astrographic Telescope Tours

Explore the newest telescope facility at the Royal Observatory and see some of the spectacular images taken. This tour combines an insight into the astronomy of the 19th century with what it's like to be an astronomer in the 21st century. The tour begins in the lower gallery floor of the Altazimuth Pavilion before moving upstairs to see the telescopes and some of the amazing images captured. The astronomer leading the tour will explain how we can use modern digital technology to go beyond what the human eye can see by using a computer-controlled telescope with sensitive, cooled digital cameras.

Dates: 26 May 2020

Times: 12.00, 12.45, 13.30, 14.15

Venue: Altazimuth Pavilion, Royal Observatory Greenwich

Admission: Adult £12 | Child £6

Age: 11+

 

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.

 

Star Trek (2009)

See the exciting beginning to the voyages of the Starship Enterprise in this reboot of the franchise, starring Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto. Can the nascent crew of the Enterprise put themselves back on track, or will their voyage to discover new worlds and new civilisations end before it even begins? After the film, a Royal Observatory astronomer will discuss the science behind the fiction.

Dates: 9 May 2020

Times: 18.45 – 21.20

Venue: Peter Harrison Planetarium, Royal Observatory Greenwich

Admission: Adult £12 | Child £6

Age: Film rating - Cert 12

 

FAMILY EVENTS

 

Holiday to Space

Travel across the Solar System and help our companion Space Ted plan for a holiday on another planet. Enjoy a special 20-minute Space Safari planetarium show filled with spectacular views of the planets up close and a chance to sing along to help Ted find the great big bear, followed by a 30 minute workshop to find out a little more about Ted’s adventure to the planets. Visitors can choose the planet that would make a good holiday destination for Ted and then help prepare our brave teddy bear for his stay.

Date: 27 and 28 May 2020

Times: 10.10 - 11.30

Venue: Astronomy Centre, Royal Observatory Greenwich

Admission: Adult £6 | Child £6

Age: 4 -7yrs

 

Out of this World: Moon Mission

Take a family trip to the Moon with a planetarium show, interactive quiz and immersive virtual reality activity. Start your orientation in our state-of-the-art digital planetarium, continue your mission with a brain bending quiz and finally, feel what it’s like to be a moonwalker and take a virtual step onto the lunar surface with our virtual reality activity. This session includes rock handling for a tactile experience of how the surface of the Moon looks and feels up close and a chance to discuss your findings with Astronomers.

Dates: 26 May 2020

Times: 10.10-11.45

Venue: Astronomy Centre, Royal Observatory Greenwich

Admission: Adult £6 | Child £6

Age: 7+

 

Young Astronomers Workshop

Get hands-on in these short drop-in family workshops themed around space science and exploration, from the most recent discoveries about the Solar System to our latest understanding of the wider universe. Our team of Observatory Explainers can answer your burning space questions such as: how big is the Universe and why is Pluto not a planet anymore? Also if you've always wondered what it takes to become an astronomer - they are the people to ask!

Dates: Weekends in May 2020

Times: 11.00 – 14.30

Venue: Astronomy Centre

Admission: Free

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 throughout May 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 May 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 May 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 May 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 May 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 May 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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