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.Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your London trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.
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.
Peter Harrison Planetarium Reviews
We took our 2 teenagers here over half term, and although none of us are overly fussed about 'space' and astronomy, it was a great visit, and we would highly recommend it. The guide was knowledgable.... more »
Wow what a great experience. We had an amazing time, comfortable seats, a wonderful presenter, fantastic and informative. It was so good it made me a little emotional. Wish it was longer - will... more »
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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