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Life’s planetarium has had a major upgrade and promises you an experience that’s bigger and better than ever.

Life Science Centre is home to the North’s biggest and best planetarium. Here, the skies are darker, the stars are brighter, the planets are so clearly defined, it looks like you could reach out and touch them.

Thanks to the most sophisticated digital technology available, you can:

All from the comfiest seats in the region!

We offer a mix of traditional planetarium shows and creative animated films, including films especially for under 7s. We also have a range of special curriculum-linked planetarium workshops for schools and other groups.

Please note that during term time before 2pm the planetarium can be busy with school visits. To avoid disappointment, please call us on the day of your visit.

The planetarium is equipped with an analogue induction loop and has spaces for wheelchairs.

If you're interested in learning about space and astronomy, check out the Planetarium and Space section of our blog!

"I loved the Planetarium. Very pretty and inspiring for 3 and 8 years old but very amusing for adults too."

- Marzena Jackiewicz

During very busy times, we request that you visit the planetarium, Science Theatre and Motion Ride once - this is to allow other visitors to enjoy the experience too. Thanks for your consideration.
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Little Bear
daily 21 March 2015 - 3 January 2016
Included in Science Centre admission

Our little bear explores animal patterns in the night sky.

We are Astronomers
daily 23 March 2015 - 23 October 2015
Included in Science Centre admission

Do you know what an astronomer does? This spectacular show will lead you into their exciting world.

Hubble at 25
daily 24 October 2015 - 2 February 2016
Included in Science Centre admission

Over the last 25 years, the Hubble Space Telescope has changed the way we see our universe. From near-disaster, see some of its triumphs of science that are also amazing art.

Naughty Monsters in the Sky
daily 30 January 2016 - 8 April 2016
Included in Science Centre admission

We all have questions about the things we see in the sky. Maybe monsters are the answer?

Destination Space

Backed by the UK Space Agency, Destination Space is an opportunity for children across the UK to follow Tim Peake, the European Space Agency’s first British astronaut, on his journey to space.

World Space Week 2015

An exciting programme of events and activities to mark World Space Week from Sunday 4 - Saturday 10 October 2015.

Live Skies
Included in Science Centre admission

Live planetarium shows led by Life's Science Explainers.

TTeens AAdults* FFamilies GGroups CChildren (7-12) YYoung Explorers* UUniforms* SSchools PPre-school
*Under 7s
*Rainbows, Beavers, Brownies, Cubs, Guides and Scouts