Peter Harrison Planetarium, London

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#7 of 18 in Childrens Museums in London
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 25 May 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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  • It's a bit of a trek up the hill but the experience in the planetarium is exceptional. Thoroughly recommend the experience.  more »
  • Following the closure of the Planetarium next to Madame Tussaud’s such that it had itself become a waxwork, the only planetarium in London is the Peter Harrison Planetarium adjacent to Greenwich’s Roy...  more »
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  • Its a great experience, especially as I wasn't really into this as a kid and its been my first experience of a planetarium. The live speaking from the astronomers is really great because the kids get to ask questions and there's an element of interaction between the presentation and the audience, I'm really glad its not just a movie screening. The sound system is really good and the visuals on the screen above are fascinating. The seats are really comfortable. An all round great experience for all the family!!
  • Incredible experience at this historic venue. Fantastic production and brilliantly engaging tour guide. Highly recommended for a family day out!
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