Space Lates – March

16 March 2018

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

Book online now for the fantastic event!

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Space Lates

Space Lates

18:00 – 21:00 (Salyut 7 screening ends at 22:30)

Space Lates have been 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 each Space Lates, we curate a special evening packed with guest speakers, planetarium shows, artefact handling, crafts, and stargazing. You’ll also have the chance to gaze through a telescope with the Leicester Astronomical Society (weather permitting).

This Space Lates, we’re also screening the UK premier of Salyut-7, a 2017 Russian film about a Soviet space station that required a dramatic rescue mission in the 1980s. Be the first in the UK to witness this action-packed space film based on real-life events. Afterwards, explore the Soviet artefacts in our galleries that feature in the film.

Space Lates Evening Ticket £6
Space Lates Evening Ticket + Film £12

Salyut 7 Film Premier

Add to your Space Lates experience, with a seat in the Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium to see the UK premier of Salyut-7.

USSR, June 1985. Based on actual events. After contact with the Salyut 7 space station is lost, cosmonauts Vladimir Dzhanibekov and Viktor Savinykh dock with the empty, frozen craft, and bring her back to life.

20:30 – 22:00

Guest Talks

Project Adrift

Nick Ryan and Cath Le Couteur, London-based artists

Explore the secret world of space junk with artists Cath Le Couteur and Nick Ryan as they make the debris orbiting above our heads personal, visible, and audible.

The session includes a screening of ‘Adrift’, a short documentary that explores the troubling, beautiful, dangerous and fascinating world of space junk.

Shuttle Suites


Creativity and Curiosity

Ione Parkin, RWA, and Prof Martin Barstow, University of Leicester

A collaboration between artists and astronomers.

Ione Parkin RWA and Prof Martin Barstow, University of Leicester.

Join astrophysicist Martin Barstow and artists Ione Parkin and Gillian McFarland to learn more about the current exhibition that celebrates the rich imagery of space and the dynamic forces of the universe.

Explore the art collection yourself, on temporary display in the Space Oddities gallery.

The project has been supported by Arts Council England and the Royal Astronomical Society.

Live Space


The Biggest Explosions in the Universe

Dr Kim Page and Dr Phil Evans, University of Leicester

2017 was a huge year for those that study the biggest explosions in the universe: black hole collisions, neutron star mergers, and the mysterious gamma-ray bursts. For the first time ever, we have detected light and gravitational waves from the very same collision, and Leicester was at the heart of this story.

Find out what gamma-ray bursts are, why we care about gravitational waves, and what’s next for cosmic collisions, from the local scientists that are at the cutting edge of this new frontier.

Live Space


Astronomy Through Gifs

Dr Becky Smethurst, University of Nottingham

Astronomy is famous for its stunning photographs of planets, nebulae, galaxies, but we can discover even more about the universe by letting it move. Join Becky Smethurst as she tells the tale of astronomy through gifs.

Live Space



Science Demos

Space is not just about astronomy and astronauts. Space also helps us discover and protect planet Earth. Join us for some interactive Earth science demos, guided by our peerless Science Interpreters.

Peer into the microscopic world under our feet, see what Leicester looks like from space, and create your very own atmosphere, all thanks to NERC’s Operation Earth project.

18:00 – 19:00

Astronomy Live

Join the Leicester Astronomical Society for an evening of stargazing. Weather permitting.

(Weather permitting)

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 March. Select your show time during the booking process.

18:15, 19:00 or 19:45

VR Experience

Break away from the bounds of space and time and enter our virtual space museum!

Stand under the Saturn V rocket, marvel at the complexity of the International Space Station, and jump into the Apollo lunar rover.

Our Science Interpreters will be on hand to guide you through it all in this drop-in experience.

Age recommendation 13+


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 – 21:00.

A note on age range: All talks and activities are aimed at adults and older children who are engaged with science and interested in the subject matter.
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.


Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
This event is suitable for all the family, but is most suited to those who would like to know more about science, space exploration and subjects relating to these areas of research.

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.