A subject-specific planetarium show focusing on the chemistry of space

Suitable for Upper Key Stage 2 and above, this special show delves into the origins of natural chemistry. The Cosmic Chemistry Show is a favourite for school Open Days and STEM events.

Using a mix of film and planetarium software, we guide the audience through the creation and recycling of elements in the cosmos. From the lightest to the heaviest elements, we explain how atoms are slowly forged in the hearts of stars, through pulsing of planetary nebulae, and rapidly created in explosive events at the and of a giant star’s life. The show features the Periodic Table and helps to explain how new varieties of atoms are formed through the fusion process in hot, dense stellar cores.

Also explored are the birthplaces of stars – molecular clouds containing enough molecular gas and dust to create thousands of new stars and planets. Beautiful examples are displayed including the Orion Molecular Cloud Complex and the Eagle Nebula.

Shows can be of any length, from 15 minutes to an hour. 

Costs
The costs for the Cosmic Chemistry Show are:
£250 for a half day (unlimited shows)
£400 for a full day (unlimited shows)

Travel & overnight stay
Travel is free within a 20 mile radius of Hastings, and charged at 45p per mile if you need us to travel further. And if the journey will take us over 2 hours, we may have to charge for an overnight stay which costs an extra £35. If our journey includes tolls and ferry charges, these will be added too.

Location & space
The travelling planetarium is for indoor use only and needs a floor space measuring 6 x 6 metres plus a height of 3.2 metres. The floor space needs to be clean and dry. Access to electricity is essential.

Booking
Once you’ve read and agreed to our Planetarium Guidelines, please use the Planetarium Booking Form to make your booking. If you need to talk through any aspects of your booking before filling out the form, call us on 01424 420968 or send us an email.

Vela supernova remnant

The Helix Nebula

Accretion disc around a newly forming star