Creative Space and COVID-19

With all that’s been going on lately, we’ve had to re-evaluate how we run the business and find a new way of working. So we’ve come up with a new business model that aims to keep everyone safe. We’ve been successfully using Zoom for face-to-face meetings and webinars. We’ve been able to offer all ofContinue reading “Creative Space and COVID-19”

Bouncing boulders on Comet 67P

A 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko update by Melanie Davies FRAS In September 2019, at a major planetary sciences conference (EPSC-DPS), scientists lead by Jean-Baptiste Vincent presented evidence of curious bouncing boulders on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. EPSC-DPS is the joint meeting of the European Planetary Science Congress and the Division of Planetary Sciences, and last year was held in Geneva,Continue reading “Bouncing boulders on Comet 67P”

Looking East: The rise of the Chinese Space Programme

Melanie Davies looks back at ancient Chinese rocketry and delves into the impressive emergence of the space industry in China Some might argue that the birth of the space age can be traced back to 3rd century China when the word ‘rocket’ first appeared during the Three Kingdoms period (220 – 280). In 228 theContinue reading “Looking East: The rise of the Chinese Space Programme”

Practical astronomy made simple

Many astronomy enthusiasts are thoroughly put-off when attempting to set up their first telescope. I’ve developed this course to bust any ideas that astronomy is hard work, and to make it easy and accessible for all. Students on this one-day course will be learning how to set up and use a simple telescope; how toContinue reading “Practical astronomy made simple”

An all new astronomy show for GCSE students

The power of family engagement at it’s best: how my daughter became the inspiration for a new planetarium show. With my youngest daughter having just started her GCSEs, she spent a good part of last year deciding on her options. It was predetermined that she would study Triple Science, giving her a deeper understanding of physics.Continue reading “An all new astronomy show for GCSE students”

A new Saturnian hexagon high above the clouds

Using data captured by the Cassini spacecraft, scientists working at the University of Leicester have recently detected a high-altitude hexagonal feature, towering high above the clouds. As part of a long-term study, they discovered a North Polar Stratospheric Vortex (NPSV). This newly discovered detail, abundant in hydrocarbons, could be influenced by a much larger featureContinue reading “A new Saturnian hexagon high above the clouds”

New content for summer school shows

This year we took our pop-up planetarium to several organised summer schools. We were able to run bespoke drop-in shows, enabling families, often with babies and very young children, the flexibility to spend as little or as much time inside the dome as they liked. For these shows we ran our Sensory Astronomy Show. ButContinue reading “New content for summer school shows”

Announcing an all new workshop: Digital Cosmos

A new workshop for the new academic year; Digital Cosmos combines science, technology and art (the S, T and A in STEAM!). Using computers, iPads and mobile phones, participants in this educational workshop will learn about astronomy whilst improving their IT, literacy and numeracy skills. The workshop integrates different activities using varied digital media. It’sContinue reading “Announcing an all new workshop: Digital Cosmos”