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The Life Science Centre is home to the most popular planetarium in Britain, and with its reclining seats, it's probably the comfiest too!

Life’s planetarium offers a mix of traditional planetarium shows and creative animated films to explore the wonders of our world. We have films especially for under 7s, and for the amateur astronomers among you, our Live Skies presenter-led planetarium shows offer the chance to learn about what's happening locally in the night sky.

We also have a range of special curriculum-linked planetarium workshops for schools and other groups.

A great place to learn about space ans astronomy: from stars, planets and the solar system, to distant galaxies and comets.

Please note that during term time before 2pm the planetarium can be busy with school visits and some of the scheduled shows may not be available. 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.

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 7 May 2014 - 29 March 2015
Included in Science Centre admission

Our little bear explores animal patterns in the night sky.

Space: A Beginner's Guide
daily 29 November 2014 - 30 September 2015
Included in Science Centre admission

Space – perhaps you’ve always wanted to know more, but were afraid to ask?

Hubble at 25
1 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.

Celestial Cycles
3 February 2016 - 30 June 2016
Included in Science Centre admission

From the phases of the Moon to the birth and death of stars, we explore celestial cycles.

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