A Royal Observatory Exhibition
Followed by a Planetarium Film
Are we alone in this Universe? If aliens exist, would they be friendly or hostile? Have they in fact already visited Earth?
This March, the Royal Observatory Greenwich explores a subject that has been obsessing us for hundreds of years in Alien Revolution, an intimate look at the history of our relationship with extra-terrestrial life through science and culture.
From the writings of 16th-century astronomer Copernicus to modern day scientists still searching for life amongst the stars, the exhibition takes a whistle-stop tour of our on-going fascination with alien life, including children’s favourite outer-space creature, E.T.; the intrepid Mars Curiosity rover on its solitary mission, and American couple Betty and Barney Hill who claimed to have been abducted by aliens in 1961.
With scientific and fantastical images which capture the imagination, Alien Revolution explores our obsession with other worlds, from luminous paintings of whimsical bat-men and ethereal Moon maidens in the 19th century to the violent depiction of invading Martians in stories of hostile aliens by H.G. Wells, to the first appearances of mysterious and complex crop-circles in 1970s England.
Explore how our understanding of life on Earth guides the hunt for alien life elsewhere in the Universe, in this exciting new planetarium show narrated by Rupert Grint. The show offers an immersive experience that perfectly balances scientific understanding with family entertainment.
PLEASE NOTE!! IMPORTANT NOTE!!
The Royal Observatory is at the top of the hill in Greenwich Park - it is NOT the National Maritime Museum at the bottom on the hill in the park. From Cutty Sark station, you should give yourself 20 minutes to get to the Royal Observatory, through the park and up this slope in the picture.
Please note - Jobeda is sick today so this event will be self-organising, see comments below.
2.30pm - Exhibition - Meet at Royal Observatory cafe (FREE)
4.15pm - Planetarium Film (COST: £6.50)
5.15pm-ish - Pub: The Trafalgar
Park Row, Greenwich, London, SE10 9NW
This is a beautiful pub overlooking the River! And near Cutty Sark station so good for getting back home afterwards.
The £6.50 cost is just for the film, otherwise this event is free to attend. You can buy the ticket directly from the Planetarium, but please do so when you arrive at 2.30ish rather than waiting until the film start time, as they are very likely to sell out.
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