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The Peter Harrison Planetarium at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich is London’s only planetarium, and features Europe’s first digital laser planetarium projector.

The Royal Observatory at Greenwich has been at the forefront of the astronomical world since it was commissioned in the 17th century by King Charles II. The high-tech 120-seat Peter Harrison Planetarium brings the science of the heavens to the people. Its state-of-the-art digital laser projector beams fantastic images of stars and galaxies onto the dome while visitors sit in reclining chairs viewing the show and listening to audio commentary in suitably dramatic surround sound.

As well as the impressive interior the dome is housed in an equally interesting bronze-clad conical structure titled to 51.5 degrees (the latitude of Greenwich) with a gully running across the roof representing the prime meridian (longitude 0 degrees) and a gully on the south elevation pointing directly to the Pole Star.

 

Blackheath Avenue, Greenwich, London, SE10 8XJ
Tel: +44 (0)20 8858 4422
Times: Daily, 10.00 – 17.00 (last admission 16.30)