peter harrison planetarium

greenwich, london


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120 seat digital laser planetarium

The planetarium cone is one of the single largest uses of bronze in the world. It is made from nearly 250 individual plates welded together and patinated to look like a single piece.

The shape of the cone is related to the stars and is unique to its location in Greenwich:

  • The north side of the cone is aligned with the point in the sky perpendicular to the Greenwich local horizon (zenith)
  • The sloping southern side points towards the north celestial pole (Pole star). The angle of the slope is 51º28’44”, equal to the latitude of the Royal Observatory
  • The top of the cone is sliced at an angle parallel to the celestial equator
  • The planetarium is aligned with the local meridian (north-south line)

The sliced plane is covered in layers of reflecting glass which offer a glimpse of the changing sky and space.

The cone is made from 250mm-thick concrete to keep out sound, clad in an 8mm phosphor bronze shell. The bronze panels were prefabricated in Gateshead and brought to Greenwich in segments, where the panels were lifted into place and site-welded to achieve the precise geometry of an astronomical instrument. The bronze finish has been achieved using layers of patination which will get richer over time. The swirling patterns echo the images of nebulae shown within the planetarium.

[world buildings directory article]

[royal museums greenwich article]

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Sherlock getting shot (BTS)

but why did the plant move

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Disneyworld needs to make a rollercoaster based off of the ride Yzma and Kronk take to the lair. When the ride starts, Yzma’s voice yells “pull the lever, Kronk!” and the ride starts to move backwards so she yells “wrong lever!” and it shoots you forward.


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