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Ever wanted to find out more about space, but didn’t know who to ask? Here’s your answer!

Low latitude storm clouds on Jupiter

Ask an Astronomer
workshops are perfect for STEM fairs, World Space Week, British Science Week, or to fit in with any space topic.

The workshop is very informal… we’ll send in a space specialist, and you can pick their brains! Our astro geeks have a ridiculous amount of knowledge, boundless enthusiasm, and are at their best when in front of an audience keen to find out about the strange and complex themes of astronomy and space. Our space science communicators have years of experience in astro journalism, teaching astronomy at different levels, delivering lectures, and creating workshops. Each session can last up to an hour (tailored to class/group times) and are suitable for all Key Stages.

The sessions work best if classes or groups are well prepared. It’s a good idea to get participants to spend an hour or so thinking about questions they’d like to ask (see our Cosmic Conundrums page for some inspiration). This can be done as a class activity or as homework. Groups can focus on a specific subject (the Moon, space exploration, exoplanets, etc.), or have a free for all… asking the astronomer whatever comes to mind. Think of it as a real life astronomy forum!

We’ll bring along a laptop, gizmos and props to help embed to help explain those difficult-to-explain ideas about space.


The costs for our Ask an Astronomer workshop are:
Half day: £200 (max. 3 workshops)
Full day: £300 (max. 5 workshops)

ADD-ON: reduced costs available if booked with other activities… ask for details
Price includes equipment and props.

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.

Classrooms, clubrooms or halls are all good locations.

To make a booking, please use the Ask an Astronomer Booking Form. 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
• All our planetarium presenters hold an Enhanced DBS Certificate and carry photo ID


“They knew all the answers to our questions”

Chanad, Warden Park Primary, age 10