The second half of February will see cutting-edge astrophysics and tours of the night sky come to the courtyard of Burlington House
, in central London. Part of the bicentennial celebrations of the Royal Astronomical Society, a pop-up planetarium will run free shows every half an hour, every day from 15 – 28 February.
, who run portable planetaria across the UK, will partner with the Society to deliver the programme. Each show will have astronomers Neil Carrington and Giuseppe Nicolosi take visitors on a journey across the night sky, and end with a NASA film on black holes.
Philip Diamond, RAS Executive Director said: “Our partnership with Science Dome will bring a public planetarium to our home for the first time ever. We’ll be offering the public the chance to find out more about the night sky and the science of astronomy – and all free of charge.”
The planetarium is part of a programme running across the UK marking the 200 years since the foundation of the Royal Astronomical Society. Celebrations include a monthly podcast, free public lectures, a major astronomy meeting
in Bath in July, an exhibition at the Herschel House Museum
, a special set of Royal Mail stamps
, and a poem
by Poet Laureate Simon Armitage.
- The planetarium will be opening from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day from 15-28 February to cover schools’ half term holiday, with a later closing of 8.30 p.m. on the first day.
- Shows will run every half an hour and last 20 minutes.
- Entry is on a first come, first served basis.
More information on the planetarium and the 200th anniversary of the Royal Astronomical Society