23 - 31 May 2020

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Since the discovery of the first exoplanet, a little more than two decades ago, thousands of planets have been found orbiting stars beyond our Solar System.

This is a very exciting time for exoplanet research, with a steady rise in the number and type of exoplanets we discover year on year, some of which may provide potential habitats for life.

We have already discovered extreme examples of exoplanets, such as the potential diamond planets and lava worlds, but we can look forward to an exciting period ahead with many upcoming space missions to discover if we are alone in the Universe.

 

Activities

Exoplanet Expeditions

Planning a holiday to a planet far away? Don’t make your booking until you’ve checked out our Exoplanet Travel Agency featuring our expert space tour guides. Join us to decide which exoplanet you should visit on your next holiday and what you need to pack in your suitcase.

Location: LIVE Space

12:00, 13:30, 15:00

Walk on an Exoplanet VR Experience

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a tourist on another planet? Thanks to The University of Exeter Astrophysics Research Group, you can enjoy a scientifically accurate, VR tour of 6 exoplanets.

Location: How It All Started Theatre (Universe Gallery)

30-minute booked slots (11:00, 11:30, 12:00, 12:30 and 13:00) – please book at the Theatre upon arrival.

Design an Exoplanet

Create your own exoplanet badge. After you have taken a journey to many of the Exoplanets we know about, design your very own to take home and keep as a memento of your day.

Location: Orbiting Earth Gallery

11:00-13:00

Planetarium

Planetarium Show

When you buy a ticket to the National Space Centre you will also be able to see one of our award-winning planetarium shows at no extra cost.

If you are visiting with an Annual Pass, you can buy a show for £3 per person (subject to availability) upon arrival at the Centre.

CAPCOMGO!

An immersive fulldome show celebrating the Apollo Space programme. Take a seat in the UKs largest Planetarium to see our latest award-winning show.

CAPCOM GO! showcases the achievements of the Apollo program and what it took to put the first human on the Moon.

10:30, 11:10, 12:30, 13:10, 13:50, 15:10 and 15:50

Tour of the Night Sky

Sit back and relax as we journey through the wonders of the Universe. The presenter will guide you around our night time sky and together you will look at the stars, visit planets and explore the mysteries of Space, featuring exoplanets and the James Webb Space Telescope.

11:50 and 14:30

Cafe and Picnics

Boosters café will be serving a selection of freshly made seasonal sandwiches, as well as soups, hot dogs, nachos, snacks, cakes, fruit, crisps and Leicester roasted real bean coffees and teas.

If you want to bring your own food, there will be a picnic space available in the John Eggleston Suite, which you can find next to the Rocket Tower.

*terms and conditions apply. See Annual Pass for full details.