Getting closer to the universe with Herstmonceux Observatory Science Centre

The Observatory Science Centre's mobile planetarium

The Observatory Science Centre's mobile planetarium

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The Observatory Science Centre in Herstmonceux has invested in a new mobile planetarium to enhance its outreach programme.

The new inflatable dome - a five metre cosmic classroom for up to 40 people - runs state-of-the-art professional planetarium software, developed by Nightshade and supplied by Digitalis Education, to reach people who may not ordinarily have access to the educational facility.

The observatory’s own planetarium presenters offer bespoke sky tours for all ages at the mobile unit, together with a selection of short films about light pollution, the formation of the universe, and galaxy collision.


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