Alien Season @ Royal Observatory

Alien Season @ Royal Observatory


Posted 2013-08-10 by Bastion Harrisonfollow

Fri 08 Mar 2013 - Sun 08 Sep 2013

The truth is out there, but it is not always easy to find. One thing that helps is a giant telescope, which the Royal Observatory in Greenwich just so happens to have. With it they search the skies for extraterrestrial life, and now they are inviting you to take part in the search.

[ADVERT] Alien Revolution will take you on an in depth exploration of the universe as it asks all the big questions that we're all just itching to know - is there life on other planets? If there is, is it intelligent life? Are they friend or foe? Have we already been visited by little green men?

Many people seem to think so; there have been hundreds of documented cases of close encounters, crop circles, and stories of alien abduction. One of the most famous that will be looked at is the account of Betty and Barney Hill in 1961. They didn't live next door to the Flintstones, but got pretty neighbourly with some otherworldly creatures while driving home one night.

Stories of alien visitation has also fuelled the imaginations of writers and filmmakers, such as H.G. Wells, who wrote War of the Worlds (1898), and Steven Spielberg, who directed E.T: The Extra-Terrestrial(1982).

Starting with early fifteenth century speculations, you will get to look at the writings of astronomers such as Copernicus, and study the findings of modern day scientists.

Until the 2nd September, there will also be a daily show narrated by Rupert Grint. It will explore how our understanding of life on earth spurs our interest to find life elsewhere. We Are Aliens is on several times a day and costs £6.50 for adults, £5.50 concessions, and for £4.50 for children. This is on top of the admission fee to the observatory.

For more sci-fi viewing, why not come to a film night of This Island Earth (1955) on the 15th August? The screening is from 6.45pm-8.45pm and costs £7. A group of Earth's best minds are abducted by aliens and forced to help fight an interplanetary war. After the film, there will be a discussion about about people in the 1950s imagined the future would be, and how it differs from the twenty-first century.

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