This workshop kicks off with a talk about these often-elusive icy visitors, discusses the Rosetta Mission, and concludes with an icy astro bake-off!

The introduction answers questions like “What is a comet?”, “Where do they come from?” and “When were they formed?”. This dialog-led talk also introduces some famous cometary names and reveals some history behind them.

comet 67p

Comet 67P/Churyomov-Geresamenko features heavily in the talk, which includes up-to-date science returned by the Rosetta Mission. Following the talk is a demonstration of ice cooking in a mobile cosmic kitchen. Using ingredients found in real comets, the demonstrator will make an icy scale model in front of the audience, who will then get the chance to make their own comet in a chilling hands-on workshop. Brrrrrrr!

nasa lunar samplesWe supply all the ingredients (including dry ice), but need at least seven days notice to order in the supplies. We can also bring along all the necessary protection (goggles and protective gloves) if you don’t already have these things to hand. 

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“The venue became a maelstrom of ingredients being mixed amongst the magical curtains of falling dry ice. The results varied from nice hissing solid comets, to the broken remnants akin to the famous Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9. Everyone had a ball it has to be said. It was very entertaining, but above all we learned a lot about comets. We won’t forget this night in a hurry!”

Jason Hall, General Secretary, Ashford Astronomical Society

Cost
Costs for the Comet Workshop are:
£275 for a half day (up to three workshops/90 participants)

£495 for a full Day (up to five workshops/150 participants)
Price includes all materials and specialist equipment.

Location
This workshops can take place anywhere that can accommodate a projector and screen, plus enough tables and chairs for the audience (a classroom, library, or village hall will do just fine). Running water with a sink and drainer, either in the room or nearby, is also needed for this messy, hands-on workshop.

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 is over 90 miles, 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.

Booking
Once you’ve read and agreed to our Workshop Terms & Conditions, please use the Workshop 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.

Comets at Birling Gap

Making comets at one of our Comet Workshops

Comets at Castledown Primary School, Hastings, East Sussex