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Ashford St Mary's quoteBe 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, suitable for KS1 and above, 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 a live presentation looking at our own Moon and just some of the other moons in our Solar System. We’ll even discuss 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 Moon.

For 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.

If time and/or budget is an issue, we can run more sessions to allow extra classes to participate. If running lots of sessions, we combine the last two modules into one.

 

CAPACITY
Visitors to the planetarium will usually be seated on the floor. The dome will comfortably hold up to:
• 35 KS1 to 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.

COSTS
The costs for our Lunar Experience are:

£250 for a half day: up to 2 x modular shows
£400 for a full day: up to 3 x modular shows
£250 for an evening: up to 2 x modular shows

Don’t forget, if you want to include more shows, just let us know on the booking form.

We offer special package prices for Scouting and Guiding groups, STEM events and science fairs; get in touch for a tailor made quotation.

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 £40. 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
To make a booking, please use the Planetarium Booking Form, but make sure you’ve read our Planetarium 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.

HEALTH & SAFETY
• 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