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Peter Harrison Planetarium, London

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The Peter Harrison Planetarium is a 120-seat digital laser planetarium, situated in Greenwich Park, London and is part of the National Maritime Museum. It opened on May 25, 2007.The planetarium uses Digistar 3 software with blue, red and green lasers and grating light valve (GLV) technology to create a 4,000 pixel strip. This strip is swept to produce a 5,000 by 4,000 pixel image, refreshed 60 times per second. The image is projected through a fisheye lens onto the dome of the planetarium.This planetarium is housed inside a 45-ton bronze-clad truncated cone, tilted at 51.5o to the horizontal (the latitude of Greenwich), and stands parallel to (but 50 metres east of) the prime meridian. It was conceived under the then Director, Roy Clare CBE, as the centrepiece of the "Time and Space" project, a £17.7m re-development of the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, and funded with a £3.25m grant from the Peter Harrison Foundation.
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  • We booked in to 3 shows on the same say in the Planetarium. It was well presented, accessible and enjoyable. Staff were welcoming and friendly. The shows were informative and fantastic to see. We had ...  more »
  • We really enjoyed our visit here. We saw a show in the planetarium and Greg was s very funny and informative presenter. Will definitely return to see other shoes when I'm London. It's easy to get to i...  more »
  • On a short trip to Greenwich my wife wanted to visit the planetarium so we booked a joint ticket via the RMG website with a visit to the next door to the observatory. Now what to say, a planetarium is...  more »
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  • Good selection of shows. Good addition to the observsatory, which is well worth a visit, too. Nice views over Greenwich from here toward the city of London.
  • I love watching the shows there is a show for all ages and definitely worth the experience. There is a bit of information and space , I do wish there was a bigger astronomy museum you leave wanting to know more.
  • Perfect day out for the family. The planetarium show was brilliant. Works well to combine with a visit to the maritime museum and park.
  • The show is excellent with easy to understand explanations, but it is not the best idea to sit in the front row. The museum has a very interactive exhibition and workshop for families. We loved it.
  • The planetarium offers interactive programs for all ages, a shop for souvenirs and different astrological tools, a cafe, etc. They often have astrophotography exhibitions or running different shows. The Planetarium is up hill and it offers a panoramic view of London. The walk in the park is great to and there plenty of museums in the area. Perfect for a weekend adventure 😉

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