Starry Skies

Duration: 35m
Suitable For: FS, KS 1-3
January 2020

There are 9096 visible stars in the night sky, a paltry fraction of the 200 to 400 billion in the Milky Way. Unfortunately, in our light-polluted cities, we can rarely see more than a small fraction of these. Join us in our inflatable planetarium to see the greatest show in the galaxy!

In association with STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, we will be bringing an inflatable planetarium to schools in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire during January, 2020. We will take you on a tour of the night sky, show you how to navigate the celestial realm and demonstrate how the movement of the Earth creates night and day, and how the sky changes through the seasons.

Humanity has been watching this show since time immemorial, and we will hear some of the stories people have painted on the vast canvas of the sky.

We can run up to six shows a day (maximum 30 pupils per show). We will also need a large room (that can preferably be darkened), minimum 6.4m x 6.4m, with a ceiling height of 3.2m (3m is acceptable provided this is to a flat ceiling and not fixtures; if in doubt, please speak to us) with a clean, smooth, well-swept floor (carpeted would be ideal).

The dome will need to stay inflated during the day, so if this is in a hall used for lunches, then alternative arrangements will need to be made. If we need to clear away the dome, we will not have time to offer more than 4 shows.

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The planetarium requires two members of staff to run and manage safely and efficiently.


Our experienced team will put together a full or part-day programme of shows and workshops that fits into your school timetable and that allows sufficient time to set up, reset or clear away. The programme is tailored to each school and can usually include a mixture of activities for different Key Stages. A small number of activities may require two staff members, but we can run two streams of activities simultaneously with an additional member of staff.

For timetables involving one staff member:

£210+VAT for a part day
£290+VAT for a whole day
15% discount for Member Schools

For timetables involving two staff members:

£320+VAT for a part day
£450+VAT for a whole day
15% discount for Member Schools

Contact our schools team with any questions on [email protected] 

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