Space Lates – June

30 June 2018

Space Lates are a late night journey into science, space, and discovery.


Buy tickets for this fantastic event!

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Space Lates is an evening created for people who want to know more – those who have an interest in astronomy, space missions, and the exciting research happening here in the UK, around the world, and out in space.

For this Space Lates, we’re celebrating Asteroid Day! We’ve curated a special evening packed with guest speakers, planetarium shows, a VR experience, and drop-in demos.

Explore our galleries (Rocket Tower and Tranquillity Base closed on Space Lates evenings) after-hours or chose to add a screening of the film Deep Impact in the Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium, to finish your evening.

Space Lates Evening Ticket £6

Space Lates and Screening Ticket £12

Guest Talks

Exoplanet Weather

Dr Nathan Mayne, University of Exeter

What’s the weather like on an alien planet? Using cutting-edge observations, we are now able to glimpse into the atmospheres of some of these planets, and are beginning to explore the diversity of environments they might possibly provide.

Thanks to a bit of help from Met Office weather models, Nathan is now in the unique position of being able to predict the climates on distant exoplanets – it’s exoclimatology! See the stunning alien worlds that result.

Live Space


How to Leave the Planet with Dallas Campbell

Dallas Campbell

Calling all space travellers!

Join science broadcaster Dallas Campbell as he chats about the right stuff needed to get into space, based on his latest book Ad Astra: An Illustrated Guide to Leaving the Planet. As well as being a deeply impractical guide to getting off the planet, this is an eclectic and beautifully illustrated mix-tape of space travel stories – both real and imagined.

Dallas Campbell has presented some of the most ambitious landmark series across the BBC, such as City in the Sky with Dr Hannah Fry and Stargazing Live with Dara O’Brian and Brian Cox, which included broadcasting Astronaut Tim Peake’s historic live launch to the International Space Station and was nominated for a BAFTA.


18:45 & 19:30

Comets - Harbingers of Doom or Agents of Life?

Sophie Allan, National Space Academy

A comet may have caused the impact that wiped dinosaurs off the face of the Earth, but comets may have also been the source of water needed to start life on Earth.

Join Sophie to find out more about these cosmic wanderers, and see a comet built before your very eyes.

Live Space


Our Air From Space

Dr Neil Humpage, University of Leicester

Without our atmosphere, there would be no life on Earth as we know it. We rely on this air to keep us at the right temperature to survive, protect us from the Sun’s harmful radiation, and provide us with the oxygen we need to breathe. Find out how a cutting-edge team of Leicester scientists use measurements from space to track how our atmosphere is changing over time, and how best to protect it. This talk is part of NERC’s Operation Earth programme.

Live Space



Drop-in Demos

Get hands-on with the science of asteroids, comets, and collisions, guided by our space experts. After all, it’s Asteroid Day!

Front of house

18:00 – 21:00

Tour of the Night Sky

Take a whirlwind 20-minute tour of the spring night sky in our newly upgraded Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium. Learn the constellations, the stories, and the planets that feature in summer. Select your show time during the booking process.


18:15 & 20:15

VR Experience

Break away from the bounds of space and time and explore an alien world! Based on the latest telescope data and the University of Exeter’s ground-breaking exoplanet modelling, you can stand, swim, or fly in an alien climate. Our space experts will be on hand to guide you through it all in this drop-in experience. Age recommendation 13+

Drop-in, The Universe theatre

18:00 - 21:00

Meteorite Display

Ever touched a rock from space? Explore the meteorite collection of the British and Irish Meteorite Society (BIMS) and find out how we use these rocks to explore the Solar System.

Drop-in, main galleries


Solar Observing

Peer through a filtered telescope at our closest star, the Sun! The Leicester Astronomical Society will guide you through safe observing, and be on hand to answer all your questions about stargazing.

Courtyard/car park (weather dependent)

18:00 - 21:00

Film Screening - Deep Impact

Unless a comet can be destroyed before colliding with Earth, only those allowed into shelters will survive. Which people will survive?

Deep Impact was released by Paramount Pictures in the United States and by DreamWorks Pictures internationally on May 8, 1998. The film depicts the attempts to prepare for and destroy a 7-mile (11 km) wide comet set to collide with Earth and cause a mass extinction.

Deep Impact is Certificate 12



Book Online

You are free to explore the National Space Centre’s galleries throughout the night. Please note that the Rocket Tower and Tranquillity Base will not be open.

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 to 21:00.

All talks and activities are aimed at adults and engaged families, with an interest in science.
Children are welcome; however, parents will need to decide if children are happy to sit through accessible and engaging 30-minute talks.


Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
This event is suitable for all the family. The film is certificate 12 – Films classified 12 contain material that is not generally suitable for children aged under 12. No one younger than 12 may see the film in a cinema.

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.

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