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Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium


As part of your ticket price to the National Space Centre you will be allocated a time slot in our fantastic full-dome 360° planetarium. Learn what it is like to go into Space in our exciting Astronaut animated film, or you can upgrade to one of our presenter led shows, all of which are based around curriculum topics.

Our current planetarium programmes are listed below:

It IS Rocket Science

It IS Rocket ScienceIn this live, exciting and explosive show, explore the history of rockets - from the colourful fireworks of ancient times, to the mighty space exploring rockets of today. Join us as we investigate the fiery power of rocket fuel, the explosive nature of forces and much more.

Recommended: Years (3)/4 - 11 (please ask for the suitability of year 3)
Note: This is a live interactive science show and has a £2.00 + VAT per student surcharge (subject to availability)


The exploration of space is the greatest endeavour that humankind has ever undertaken. What does it take to be part of this incredible journey? What does it take to become an astronaut?

Experience a rocket launch from inside the body of an astronaut. Explore the amazing worlds of inner and outer space, from floating around the International Space Station to manoeuvring through microscopic regions of the human body.
Discover the perils that lurk in space as we subject ‘Chad’, our test astronaut, to everything that space has to throw at him.

Content themes:
Micro-gravity • Human Biology • Space Hazards • Living in Space • Astronaut Training

Tour of the Night Sky


Using our immersive Planetarium, sit back and relax as we journey together through the wonders of the Universe. Your presenter will guide you around our night time sky and together you will look at the stars, visit planets and explore the mysteries of Space, in your own unique adventure.
Vote for some of your favourite stops along the way, in this exciting and audience driven journey.

Curriculum links: Earth and Space, Myths and Legends.

NOTE: This is a presenter led show and has a £0.50+VAT per student surcharge (Subject to availability)


The Life of Stars

The Life of Stars

The night sky may look peaceful and unchanging, but the stars that you see are the powerhouses of the Universe - blazing, gargantuan fireballs with fascinating life-and-death stories full of creativity and destruction.

Learn how stars are born and how their lives, can even more dramtically, end. 

Immediately following is the full-dome film BIG, which takes you on a journey from the Earth to the most distant objects in our Universe.

Recommended: Years 9-11 

Curriculum links: Stellar Evolution, the Universe.

NOTE:  Subject to availability

Night and Day

Night and Day

What are the stars? What is the Sun? Why do they look so different? Why does the Sun appear to move across the sky during the day and where does it go at night? Find out the answers to these questions and more in an animated, presenter-led, interactive show.

This show includes a Tour of the Night Sky looking at some of the easy to find star patterns for the time of year and some of the mythological stories associated with them.

Recommended: Years 1-4

NOTE: This is a presenter led show and has a £0.50+VAT per student surcharge (Subject to availability)

From our Blog:

Shuttle launch in the Challenger Learning Centre.As we wave goodbye to the summer we are ready to welcome all of our school visitors back to the National Space Centre. We are especially excited as we have a multitude of new goodies ready to offer for the new school year!


Scouting and Guiding:

Fantastic packages for Scouting and Guiding Groups.

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Space Missions:

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