A cosmic evening of family fun at the Astronomy Centre and Peter Harrison Planetarium at the Royal Observatory, featuring activities, workshops and special planetarium shows to celebrate Museums at Night 2011.
Astronomy Centre and Peter Harrison Planetarium: open until 20.30 | Astronomy Centre café and shop: open until 20.00
Impacts and asteroids workshop
Explore asteroid impacts and what they can tell us about the birth of the solar system. Find out how life on earth has been shaped by asteroids and how they will continue to do so. Includes opportunities to handle meteorites and simulate the effect of asteroid impacts.
Location: Activity Space, Astronomy centre | Times: 17.00, 17.45, 18.30, 19.15
Mercury globe-making workshop
Investigate the planet Mercury, which is currently being explored by NASA’s Messenger spacecraft, and make a globe of this tiny, mysterious planet to discover a few of its strange features.
Location: Discovery Space, Astronomy centre | Times: 17.00, 17.45, 18.30, 19.15
Ask an Astronomer
An opportunity to speak to an astronomer and ask questions. Begining with a short presentation on astronomy, the session includes a Q & A session supported by the web and astronomy software.
Location: Digital Space, Astronomy centre | Times: 17.00, 17.45, 18.30, 19.15
Our daily programme of planetarium shows will be extended, with alternating screenings of the Origins of Life and The Sky Tonight.
The former show explores the origin and development of life on earth, from the formation of its building blocks in stars to the present day. The latter show explores the sky as it will appear at night-time on the day of your visit, and the months beyond.
Location: Peter Harrison Planetarium
Times: Origins of Life: 17.00, 18.45 | The Sky Tonight: 18.00, 19.30
Tickets: Adults £6.50; Children and concessions; £4.50