13 January 2018

As the cold and dark nights get colder and darker, lets make the most of amazing astronomy and indoor science evenings!


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mascot Telescope Right
Image Credit: NASA

Space Lates January

18:00 – 21:00

Join us for an evening dedicated to astronauts, space sounds, astronomy and real rocket science.

We will help you explore the universe, put you through your paces in astronaut training and finish your evening with some live stargazing (weather dependent).

Space Lates Evening Ticket £6

Guest Talks

Travelling to Space

Tori Tasker

Join our Space Communications team for an exciting and explosive show as we launch a few rockets and explore why astronauts venture into space. Take a look at the powerful forces and fiery vehicles that launch humans into space and see for yourself if you have what it takes to get to space and return safely to Earth.

18:30 – LIVE Space

Space Sound Effects Short Films

Dr Martin Archer, Queen Mary University of London

Alien may have told you “In space no one can hear you scream” but it was wrong!

The SSFX (Space Sound Effects) project has challenged independent filmmakers from around the world to create short films incorporating a series of strange sounds from space recorded by satellites. The results are a collection of films, spanning a wide array of topics and genres, connected only by these sounds. Watch some of the highly creative works and hear from the scientists and filmmakers involved.

Dr Martin Archer is a space plasma physicist and outreach officer at Queen Mary University of London.

19:00 – Shuttle Suites

Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes?

Dr Suzie Imber, University of Leicester

Back due to popular demand, Dr Suzie Imber returns to Space Lates to talk about her experiences on BBC 2’s Astronauts show last September. Spoilers! This Leicester-based space physicist only went and won the show! Go behind-the-scenes with Suzie and learn more about the physical and psychological tests that select astronauts.

Dr Suzie Imber is an Associate Professor in Space Physics at the University of Leicester, an experienced mountaineer, and winner of BBC 2’s Astronauts show.

20:00 – LIVE Space

Beginner’s Guide to the Winter Night Sky

Ann Bonell, Leicester Astronomical Society

Dark winter evenings provide a perfect opportunity to get to know the bright constellations on view. Come and hear about how you can recognise these stars. Tips will also be given on objects that can be seen through binoculars and telescopes. Prepare to be amazed!

The Leicester Astronomical Society is a friendly group of amateur astronomers and astronomy enthusiasts. Meetings are at 7pm every other Tuesday at the National Space Centre.

20:30 – LIVE Space


Astronaut Training Stations

Find out if you have what it takes to be an astronaut with challenges inspired from BBC’s Astronauts show. Drop-in throughout the evening:

Mars Rover driving, Orbiting Earth gallery
Coordination with prism glasses, Columbus module
Russian language training, Orbiting Earth gallery
Number memory, Orbiting Earth gallery
Reflex test, Orbiting Earth gallery

18:00-21:00 – Main Galleries
Image Credit: NASA

Astronomy Live

Join the Leicester Astronomical Society for an evening of stargazing.

They’ll have all the telescopes and expertise needed to get you see the night sky in a whole new way.

Weather permitting.

Car Park - 18:00 – 21:00


While our Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium is getting an upgrade, we’ve got just the thing to orient you to the night sky.

Enter our pop-up StarDome and take a 20-minute tour of the stars and constellations visible in January.

Max capacity 25, please sign up in advance. Note that seating is on the floor, but some chairs will be available for those who need it

John Eggleston Suite – 19:00, 19:45, 20:30

Make A Constellation

Get crafty and create your very own night sky constellation to take home.

John Eggleston Suite – 18:00-21:00

You are free to explore the National Space Centre’s galleries throughout the night.

Please note that Tranquillity Base will not be open.

Our Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium is currently being upgraded, but sadly this means the Planetarium won’t be open. Come back for the 16 March Space Lates to see the new planetarium in action!

The Rocket Tower will be open 18:00 – 20:00 only. Our café will be serving hot and cold drinks, snacks and sandwiches throughout the evening and our Cargo Bay shop will be open from 18:00 – 21:00.

 A Note on Age Range:

All talks and activities are aimed at a family audience with no science background, but children aged 7 and up and adults will get the most from the evening.

With younger children, parents will need to decide if children are happy to sit through 30 minute talks, but the content should be accessible and engaging.

Crafts have been designed to be fun for all ages.


Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
This event is suitable for all the family.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
There are 400 free car parking spaces available on site. We are happy to call taxis for people and there is a bus stop to the 54 route within a few minutes walk of the Centre.

What can/can’t I bring to the event?
Food and drink will not be allowed to be brought onto the premises.

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
The National Space Centre – 0116 261 0261.

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
No, tickets are non transferable or refundable.

Can I update my registration information?
No, once a ticket is purchased no changes can be made.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Either a printed ticket, or a ticket on your phone or tablet (we like the non-printing option, it is better for the planet).

What is the refund policy?
All tickets are non-refundable.