Mobile planetarium

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This huge, state-of-the-art six-metre digital mobile planetarium can bring the 360° experience into your school, seating up to 40 children at one time.

The planetarium comes with an experienced astronomy specialist who can present live planetarium shows, play 360° fulldome films, and answer children's questions. All presenters are full-time science communicators with university-level astronomy/astrophysics qualifications.

Booking & enquiries: please use our new online booking enquiry form for a speedy response.

Be sure to check your venue is appropriate before booking: the mobile planetarium requires an indoor area of 8m x 8m with 4m ceiling height and access to power. It takes 1hr to set up and 45min to pack down. If using the lunch hall, there would not usually be enough time to pack down before setting up tables and so lunches are usually held elsewhere.

Maximum audience size 40x KS1-2 or 25x KS3 + 2 adults. Capacity is restricted by risk assessment to ensure the ability to rapidly evacuate using the dome-flip method.

Full information can be found the in the following documents. Please be sure to read the Terms & Conditions before confirming your visit (which includes cancellation terms), and the Risk Assessment (which has some responsibilities for the school). Let us know if you have any additional questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Terms & conditions

Risk Assessment

 

To discuss a future booking, please use our new online booking enquiry form.

For further information, contact Anita, tel 01962 891942 (8am - 4pm) or email anitashearing@winchestersciencecentre.org. During school holidays, please email info@winchestersciencecentre.org.

 

Mobile Planetarium Shows

All shows and films use 360o projections and can be followed by astronomy Q&A (as schedule allows). The mobile planetarium seats up to 40x KS1-2 children or 25x KS3 at one time, with wheelchairs easily accommodated.

Early Years (max 40 children):

Live show: NEW! Little Stars (20min)
Film: The Life of Trees (33min)

Key Stage 1 (max 40 children):

Live show: NEW! Look Up! (30min)
Film: The Life of Trees (33min)

Key Stage 2 (max 40 children):

Live show: NEW! The Solar System and Beyond (35min)
Live show: Simply Stars (30min show focusing on constellations)

Film: The Life of Trees (33min, ages up to yr4)
Film: We Are Aliens (24min, the search for life in space)
Film: Back to the Moon: For Good (24min, Moon exploration)

Key Stage 3 (max 25 children):

Live show: NEW! The Solar System and Beyond (45min) - this is a more advanced version of the KS2 show, covering similar topics. 

Film: We Are Aliens (24min, the search for life in space)
Film: Back to the Moon: For Good (24min, Moon exploration) 
Film: We Are Astronomers (24min, modern astronomy, highly recommended)
Film: Cell! Cell! Cell! (24min, cells, DNA, fertilisation, embryogenesis)   

 

Schools Prices and Booking

The dome takes up to 40 KS1-2 or 25 KS3+ children per show*.

FULL DAY £500 + travel (ex VAT)
Up to 6 shows = up to 240 KS1-2 children in total
> Works out approx. £2.08 per child (indicative price only)

HALF DAY £350 + travel (ex VAT)
Up to 3 shows = 120 KS1-2 children in total
> Works out approx. £2.92 per child (indicative price only)

Travel is charged at 70p per mile travelled (ie the distance there and back).

*Accommodation of chairs/wheelchairs may reduce capacity, please ask for advice.

For corporate bookings and rates, see here.