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Longitude Punk'd Exhibition at Royal Observatory

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Astronomical Steampunk
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Steampunk is when the past and future collide; it's the fusion of old looking technology doing the stuff of science fiction. You could have flying sea ships, like in Phillip Pullman's Northern Lights, or pirates searching for treasure on other planets, like with Disney's Treasure Planet.

Usually a genre saved for novels and films, the Royal Observatory in Greenwich has decided to put on a fantastical exhibition, in which science fiction and eighteenth century innovation collide. Longitude Punk'd runs until the 4th January 2015, and brings commissioned artists to tell the story of the pursuit for longitude through quirky characters, narratives, and theatrical displays.

Entry to the observatory is 7 for adults, 5.50 concessions, and 2.50 for children. On weekends and school holidays, there will be hourly visits from the time-travelling astronomer, Nevil Maskelyne or his human computer, Mary Edwards. There will also be several screenings of sci-fi films such as First Men in the Moon, The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, and City of the Lost Children.
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When: Until 4th Jan 2015
Phone: 44 (0)20 8312 6608
Where: Royal Observatory
Cost: 7 adult, 5.50 concessions, 2.50 child
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