Astronomy Monthly

A special, live planetarium show developed by planetarium specialist Alex Boxley each month. The show lasts 1hr including questions and answers.

Topics vary, with an exploration of subjects throughout the year for those wanting to learn more, enjoying the planetarium on a regular basis while always seeing something new. Each show can be seen for one month only, so save the dates!

This special show runs twice each month at Saturday Night at the Planetarium events, and also on occasional weekday afternoons (see dates below).

Saturday Night at the Planetarium also includes showings of fulldome films, and the later Astronomy Monthly show during these nights is aimed at a slightly higher level than the other showings. 

The minimum age for entry is 4yr, although the live shows in particular are not recommended for such young children. They will be required to listen quietly, so please think carefully before bringing any child under 8yr. 

Sat 11, Tues 7 & Sat 25 February LIVE show: The Spring Night Sky (1hr inc Q&A)

Since the dawn of human civilisation we have been fascinated with trying to make sense of the night sky. Over the millennia we have told countless stories about the stars, both as ways to pass on tales and as signposts in the sky. Join us as we seek out some of these stories, and may even spot a planet or two.

Showings at 6pm & 8.00pm on the Saturday dates, and 3pm on the Tuesday.

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Sat 11, Mon 20 & Sat 25 March LIVE show: Big Brothers (1hr inc Q&A, 6pm & 8.00pm)

We tend to think of the Earth as being a big place; we use phrases like “the ends of the Earth” to mean an almost unimaginable distance – yet when compared to some of our neighbours our home world suddenly seems rather small: the next biggest planet after the Earth is over 60x our size! Come and see some of the monsters of our Solar System and take a trip to a few of the behemoths lurking around other stars.

Showings at 6pm & 8.00pm on the Saturday dates, and 3pm on the Monday.

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Sat 8 & Sat 22 LIVE show: Small Stuff (1hr inc Q&A, 6pm & 8.10pm)

Don’t sweat the small stuff, or so the saying goes, but we ignore the little things in space at our peril. For instance 65 million years ago an object just a few miles across changed the course of life on earth forever by wiping out the dinosaurs, and the various small moons, comets, asteroids and dwarf planets we are now exploring are forcing us to re-evaluate our perceptions of the universe. Join us as we tour some of the enigmatic, if modestly sized, wonders of our solar system.

Showings at 6pm & 8.10pm on the Saturday dates.



£10 adult / £8 concessions
or £5.50 in addition to General Entry to the Science Centre (weekdays only)

Please be aware the Science Centre is closed for the evening showings, although The Hub cafe bar is open for drink and snacks, including nachos and paninis. 

Groups of 15 people or more from recognised organisations can save 20% off the ticket prices for this event (also for After Dark and Space Lectures). Please visit the groups page for further information.

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Visual warning: as with all planetarium shows, this show includes large moving images which may affect people with photosensitive epilepsy, balance disorders and/or extreme motion sickness.