Discovering the Universe (live)

Discovering the Universe (live)

Live, presenter-led show, 40min + Q&A, KS3-4. Available for bookings from July 2017 in the giant, onsite planetarium, and from September 2017 in the mobile planetarium.

An inspiring look at our Universe, understanding it through considering how light and gravity behave.

As with all live shows, the presenter is able to dynamically vary the level in response to the ability/knowledge of the audience on the day. In the giant, on-site planetarium, this show is presented from the stage, allowing the presenter to interact more with the children than in shows like The Planet Show and Flight Through the Universe.

This show is still in production and content may change during formative evaluation, but is expected to include:

  • The electromagnetic spectrum (view of sky at different wavelengths).
  • How light from a source spreads out (but does not 'run out of energy') as it travels.
  • Seasons (including changes in light intensity due to angle).
  • Spacecraft (eg Hubble Space Telescope, Gaia, James Webb Space Telescope) that are used to find out about the Universe.
  • Gravity, including how orbits work.
  • Considering how light travels and using light travel time as a unit of distance to understand scale changes.
  • The structure of the solar system and galaxy.
  • Exoplanets.
  • Namecheck dark matter briefly (can be further discussed during Q&A).
  • Supermassive black hole at centre of Milky Way.
  • Other galaxies / scale of the Universe.

The general content and show outline is the same in both planetariums, but there are significant visual differences. Large-scale, the visuals are more spectacular in the on-site planetarium, where it is possible to fly/zoom through large scale changes. The mobile planetarium is a more interactive environment due to the small group size, making it possible to respond to occasional questions during the show.