Night Sky Live!
In association with the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation, University of Portsmouth
An inspirational 2-day 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 talks from 6pm (indoor or outdoor depending on visibility)
- Full access to the Science Centre’s 100+ 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 Jen Gupta, astrophysicist and science communicator at the University of Portsmouth.
Live shows by Dr Jen Gupta at 11:30, 13:30, 15:30, 17:00 and 19:30.. 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 25 and Sunday 26 November, the experts from the University of Portsmouth, Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation (ICG) will be joining us at the Science Centre and hosting some excellent hands-on activities, including a chance to check out their inspiring Tactile Universe - a brand new project at the ICG to engage the blind and visually impaired (BVI) community with their astrophysics research by 3D printed tactile images of galaxies -which can be used in schools and at public events. There will be an opportunity to pose your space questions to the experts.
Sunday 26 November only – around the Science Centre
Have you ever wondered how we were able to navigate around the world before satellite navigation? Learn how to find the North Star and how we use it to travel the world.
Andover Astronomical Society will be available to anyone who would like to know more about getting involved in local astronomical societies and sharing their wealth of knowledge in the subject.
Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 November – Planetarium Schedule
10.30am - Astronaut (fulldome film, 21 min)
11.20am - The Planet Show min. 4yr (live show, 30 min)
12.10pm - Polaris, the space submarine (fulldome film, 29 min)
1.00pm - Secret of the Cardboard Rocket (fulldome film, 30 min)
1.50pm - Simply Stars min. 4yr (live show, 30 min)
2.50pm - Polaris, the space submarine (fulldome film, 29 min)
3.40pm - The Planet Show min. 4yr (live show, 30 min)
4.30pm - We are Stars (fulldome film, 24 min)
5.20pm - Flight Through the Universe min. 4yr (live show, 40 min)
6.30pm - Flight Through the Universe min. 4yr (live show, 40 min)
7.40pm - Flight Through the Universe min. 4yr (live show, 40 min)
Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 November – 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 Jen Gupta (£1 per person, 10% discount for Annual Pass holders) and planetarium shows (from £2.80 per person, 10% discount for Annual Pass holders).
General entry can be booked now using the link below, show tickets will be on sale mid-late September.
Event ends 20:45 on Saturday 25 November and 19:45 on Sunday 26 November.