Peter Harrison Planetarium, London
Categories: Observatories, Museums
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.To visit Peter Harrison Planetarium and other attractions in London, use our London vacation generator.
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My sister and I had a day out in Greenwich and decided we'd like to see a show at the planetarium. We chose 'The Sky Tonight' show primarily because it fitted in with our plans but also because it loo... read more »
The planetarium, show that we attended was the best thing that we did on our London visit. The sound and vision was excellent, and the subject matter was both interesting and informative to two people... read more »
Bought one of the combined observatory and planetarium tickets with a pre-booked show ("Meet the Neighbours"). Observatory was ok, not for young children in as much as it would probably be a bit borin... read more »
Very good exhibition and planetarium show. The presenter is really good in his job, I think he must have actor training. The Navy museum has a bunch of clocks in display and is quite boring, unless you have a clock fetish.
The planetarium shows are always enjoyable to watch, and the venue itself is fantastic to experience. However, at only 30 minutes, I come away feeling the films shown are a little too basic.
The only planetarium in London, so it's not like if there was much choice. But it's a very good planetarium, the shows are usually good (I've seen at least 3 or 4) and most of the speakers are really good.
Visited for one of their film evenings, the staff were friendly, welcoming and engaging. Because there was a mix up over the times we got a bonus planetarium show, the movie (The Thing) is always great, and the talk afterwards was good fun. They even laid on a mini bus to get us down the hill in the dark and rain afterwards. Looking forward to the next show!
When we visited there was an excellent and especially awe-inspiring astronomy photographer of the year exhibition, and plenty of exhibits to browse through while we waited for the show to start.
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