National Astronomy Week

27th Februaury 2014
All eyes will be on the skies from the 1st until the 8th of March as the UK celebrates all things celestial for National Astronomy Week. Glasgow Science Centre will be marking this stellar occasion with a series of out of this world activities including planetarium star shows and the chance to meet space scientists.

Glasgow Science Centre is home to one of the world’s best planetariums and offers people the chance to see the sky as it should be, free from light pollution with thousands of twinkling lights above them. During the astronomy celebrations, the planetarium will be run three different star shows. Little star searchers will join Space Ratty on his journey in Sky Safari and older audiences can explore the universe in The Sky Tonight. From the 5th-9th of March, touring astronomy show Let’s Talk About Space will be at the GSC planetarium. This unique show will introduce people to space concepts through the mediums of music, animation and film.

Space scientists and astronomers will be visiting the Centre as part of the awareness week. Heriot Watt University will show us how the universe can be measured with a comb, there will be an Ask an Astronomer session with the Institute of Astronomy and meteorite hunting, gravitational wave detecting and solar flare watching with the University of Glasgow.

Dr Stephen Breslin, Chief Executive of Glasgow Science Centre, said:


“The activities held as part of National Astronomy Week are an opportunity to engage our visitors about astronomy and space science and Scotland’s involvement in these areas. Space exploration and the wonders of the universe captures everyone’s imaginations. From those who grew up with the moon landings in the 70s through to the modern day explorations of Mars.

"It is well known that space and astronomy provide major inspirations for young people as they consider their future studies and career options, and it's critical for us that we continue to attract young people into science and engineering to underpin our future competitiveness in the global economy”.

The Cineworld IMAX at Glasgow Science Centre will also be celebrating the week, showing two spaced themed 3D films. Narrated by Leonardo Di Caprio,  Hubble 3D enables movie-goers to journey through distant galaxies to explore the grandeur and mysteries of our celestial surroundings, and accompany space-walking astronauts as they attempt the most difficult and important tasks in NASA’s history.

Space Station 3D is the story of the unique partnership of 16 nations building a laboratory in outer space - a permanent facility for the study of the effects of long-duration exposure to zero gravity and the necessary first step towards the global co-operative effort needed if man is to someday set foot on Mars.

What's next?


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Just come down and rock up to
the front door, or call 0141 420 5000.

See you soon.


Glasgow Science Centre