Be a lunatic for a day and learn all about our natural satellite: the Moon!
With many schools following the National Curriculum and leaning about the Moon, we’re here to help with those difficult to explain topics like Moon phases and how the Moon was made.
Our Lunar Experience is delivered in three modules. The first half-hour module includes a fully immersive film called Back To The Moon For Good (preview here) which tells the story of early lunar exploration from the first landers to the Apollo mission. The film unfolds in a documentary-style format, describing some of the current ideas for getting us back to the Moon.
The second module, lasting between half an hour to an hour, is an Interactive Sky Tour looking at our own Moon and just some of the many other moons in our Solar System, and even discussing the possibility of life evolving on these distant worlds. This part of the show uses digital planetarium software, running in real time, but capable of moving forward and backward in time to show the phases of our own Moon.
And in the final half-hour module, we hand over to the audience, letting them guide the presenter through Q&As. We have a selection of simulations and fulldome film clips to help answer some of these questions. Our presenters have a huge knowledge base, so it’s a good idea for children to prepare questions beforehand, maybe as part of a classroom activity.
A typical show will last 1.5 – 2 hours. And as the show can be split into modules, multiple shows can be interspersed with morning break and lunch.
Typical costs for the Lunar Experience Day are:
£250 for a half day (up to 35 pupils)
£400 for a full day (up to 70 pupils)
This is a flexible show, so if you have a tight budget, it might be possible to run two short sessions for up to 70 pupils for the cost of a half day. And with some creative time management, we might be able to squeeze in three classes (up to 105 students) over a full day.
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.
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.