Night Sky Live!
In association with the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation, University of Portsmouth
An inspirational weekend festival celebrating the night sky. Experts will lead exciting activities, including real-time exploration of the night sky, encouraging children and families to look up and discover the amazing world around us - the Moon, stars, planets and other celestial bodies.
- Hands-on space and night sky activities
- Put your space questions to astronomers from the University of Portsmouth
- Live stargazing demonstrations from 6pm (indoor or outdoor, depending on visibility and weather)
- Full access to the Science Centre’s two floors of hands on exhibits and creative space - The Invention Studio.
Recommended optional extras:
- Live fun and interactive family shows on the science of the night sky, presented by Dr Chris Frohmaier, astrophysicist at the University of Portsmouth.
Live shows by Dr Frohmaier at 11:30, 13:30, 15:30, 17:00 and 18:30. Tickets £1 per person.
- Live planetarium shows presented by Winchester Science Centre’s experienced in-house team.
Hands-on space and night sky activities
University of Portsmouth, Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation
On both Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 February and Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 March, the experts from the University of Portsmouth, Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation (ICG) will be joining us at the Science Centre to host a variety of excellent hands-on activities and there will be an opportunity to pose your space questions to the experts.
Planetarium Schedule (February)
10:40 Secret of the Cardboard Rocket (fulldome film, 30 min) SATURDAY ONLY
11:30 The Planet Show min. 4yr (live show, 30 min)
12:20 Astronaut (fulldome film, 21 min)
13:10 Simply Stars min. 4yr (live show, 30 min)
14:00 Secret of the Cardboard Rocket (fulldome film, 30 min)
14:50 The Planet Show min. 4yr (live show, 30 min)
15:40 Astronaut (fulldome film, 21 min)
16:20 We are Aliens (fulldome film, 24 min)
17:30 The Planet Show min. 4yr (live show, 30 min)
19:10 The Planet Show min. 4yr (live show, 30 min)
In the Invention Studio
Create your own planisphere
Make a planisphere and find out what stars and constellations will be in the sky at any time of the year, for example, find out what stars will be visible on your birthday.
Create a constellation
There are many constellations using the stars, but if you could make your own constellations, what would you make? Now's your chance! Maybe even name it and make a story to go with it.
Hunt for Planet 9
We currently have eight planets in our solar system but astronomers believe there is even more out there, but they need your help to find them. There will be an opportunity to carry out a live search at the Science Centre and you can continue your search at home.
Entry to the drop-in activities, hands-on exhibition area and live stargazing talks is included in General Entry, and free for Annual Pass holders.
Additional tickets are required for the live shows by Dr Chris Frohmaier (£1 per person, 10% discount for Annual Pass holders) and planetarium shows (from £2.80 per person, 10% discount for Annual Pass holders).
The event will end at 20:30 on Saturday, and at 19:30 on Sunday.