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With six interactive galleries, the UK’s largest planetarium, and the iconic 42m high Rocket Tower, the award-winning National Space Centre is an out of this world experience.

Please note: Due to essential maintenance the 3D SIM is currently unavailable.

Open Today 10:00 - 16:00

Please note:

Due to essential maintenance the 3D SIM is currently unavailable.

New for 2017

Journey to the surface of Venus!

A brand new immersive experience. Take a journey to the surface of the hostile planet, Venus.

Travel through sulphuric acid clouds, encounter atmospheric pressure 92 times higher than on Earth and try to survive temperatures of up to 460°C.

Also introducing…

New Mercury gallery
New Live Space gallery

Sci-Fi Shorts a short story competition for all ages

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Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium

Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium
Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium

Included in your ticket (or £3 per person if returning on an Annual Pass) is a fulldome show in the Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium.

Monday to Friday in Leicestershire school term time the show is the award winning We Are Stars, but at weekends you can choose to either see We Are Stars, or a presenter led Tour of the Night Sky.

If there is capacity, you can also buy a second show, so allowing you to have both experiences.

We Are Stars – narrated by Andy Serkis

We Are Stars allows you to explore the secrets of our cosmic chemistry, and our explosive origins.

This show is an immersive 360 degree fulldome experience suitable for all the family. It includes educational content that will help children aged 7-14, as well as those with an interest in science and space.

Tour of the Night Sky

Take a tour of what you can see in the sky above our city in the past, present and future. Go beyond to see other galaxies, stars, nebula and the wonders all around us. Learn about constellations and the stories behind them from cultures around the world.

This show is a traditional presenter led planetarium show and is suitable for those with an interest in science and astronomy. The show is suitable for children aged 5+.

Film Club – MIB 20th Anniversary

30 Jun 17

Protecting the Earth from the scum of the Universe.

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Space Lates July

14 Jul 17

An evening of space exploration and engineering, with special guests, talks, demonstrations and live stargazing.

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Maker Space

15 Jul 17 - 03 Sep 17

A summer of hands on science and amazing challenges.

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Sci-Fi Shorts – Short Story Competition

01 Sep 17

A sci-fi short story competition hosted by the National Space Centre in collaboration with Literary Leicester Festival.

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A Taste of Science

11 Nov 17

The Good Food Leicester Show with a science twist.

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Steampunks in Space Launch Night

24 Nov 17

Join us as we launch our Steampunk weekend with a not one, but three Splendid chaps!

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Steampunks in Space Saturday Night

25 Nov 17

A full evening of entertainment to suit all has been created for your delectation and delight.

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Small Space Day with the Clangers

11 Sep 17

Small and Tiny Clanger will be joining our Mission Commanders for a day dedicated to our youngest astronauts.

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See more events happening at the Space Centre!

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Recent Blog Post:

LISA’s gravitational wave adventure set for 2030s

28/06/2017Written by Josh Barker

After outstanding results from the LISA Pathfinder mission, ESA issue the go ahead for LISA to be built to further explore gravitational waves.

Image Credit: ESA