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Peter Harrison Planetarium, London
(4.1/5 based on 200+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Really impressive, good introduction to the show at the beginning and the Asteroid show was really informative. 
  • If you're hoping to see something entertaining and learn about the planets don't bother with this. All we got was a 25 minute slide show of space photography competition entries with a small amount of...  more »
  • what a shame that the planetarium in this most historic of locations in the study of astronomy would reduce itself to showing a national geographic space-action documentary better suited to an imax in...  more »
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  • I had an amazing and slightly sleepy experience here but who could be blamed for dozing off a little in a reclined seat. The other audience members and I got a humorous and informative introduction from the projectionist/astronomer/host and it really put us all in the mood for the ceiling filling film to come. A very enjoyable experience.
  • Amazing experience if you haven't already! Shame about the staff and shop. Was waiting for the planetarium, everyone was wandering around aimlessly as there was no one to direct us. My group went to the entrance where the ticket lady shouted at us for walking past the queue section and that there was supposed to be someone directing us-like it was our fault. Very taken aback and slightly offended. Shop was extremely overpriced-i wanted to buy a postcard or two from the photography competition but the only option was 10 for £8!? Ridiculous. Lovely views outside and would still recommend.
  • I'm sorry to say, but I just didn't get it!! I found the exhibit area outside the Planetarium pretty average, the shop below average & the toilets were disgusting & heavily overcrowded! I loved the London Planetarium at Baker Street as a child, it was very beautiful, much larger than this one rather eerie, in a good way & a very filmic, exciting show! This new one, now the only one in London, appears much smaller and had none of my remembered grandeur. I expected a lot, with new technology, but was disappointed at the quality of the show, the graphics & visuals just didn't wow. It's possible the style of show was not suitable for me, as a scientist / astronomer talked, live, throughout, I didn't like this conversational style. My young nephew however, seemed to enjoy it all & that's more important. Also the grounds of the Royal Observatory are truly wonderful, with amazing views over London. A sad visit for me though, this is not what a Planetarium should be.
  • Inspiring views of the universe from the planetarium, but a little short and expensive too - but in fairness I could listen to our cosmic history for hours. Better suited for children (and some adults too!).
  • Lots of things to see, explore and learn, nice exhibition too, good for toddlers.