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Marden Lodge quoteA subject-specific planetarium show focusing on the chemistry of Space.


Suitable for Upper KS2 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, still images 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 the 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.


Visitors to the planetarium will usually be seated on the floor. The dome will comfortably hold up to:
• 35 KS2 students plus supporting adults
• 30 KS3 to KS4 students plus supporting adults
• 30 mixed ages including adults

If any children or adults are not able to sit on the floor, we can include one or two chairs within the above numbers (supplied by the venue). For public shows we can bring floor mats and cushions; all you need to do is ask.

The dome is fully accessible for wheelchair users, but this might reduced capacity. For individual requirements, just drop us an email.

The costs for our Cosmic Chemistry Show are:

£275 for a half day: up to 3 hours, unlimited shows
£275 for an evening: up to 3 hours, unlimited shows
£450 for a full day:
up to 5 hours, unlimited shows
£675 for an extended full day: up to 8 hours, unlimited shows

We offer discounts on afternoon sessions and special package prices for bookings over multiple days; get in touch for a tailor made quotation. 

Travel is charged at 45p per mile from our base in Hastings to your venue and back again. If the journey will take us over 2 hours we may have to charge for an overnight stay which costs an extra £45. If our journey includes tolls and ferry charges, these will be added too.

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.

To make a booking, please use the Planetarium Booking Form, but make sure you’ve read our Planetarium Booking Guidelines first (click on the big buttons at the top of the page). 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.

• We hold £10,000,000 Public Liability Insurance
• All of our electrical equipment is PAT tested, certificates are available on request
• You can download our Planetarium Risk Assessment (above) or you can request a copy by email
• All our planetarium presenters hold an Enhanced DBS Certificate and carry photo ID