Space Lates – World Space Week

05 October 2019

A curated evening packed with guest speakers, planetarium shows, stargazing and live demos.


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An evening created for those who want to know more about astronomy, space missions, and the exciting research happening here in the UK, around the world and out in space.

On this Space Lates evening we’ll be celebrating World Space Week by exploring our Solar System and beyond. Join us on a journey to the Sun, the outer gas giants and mysterious exoplanets.

  • Space Lates Evening Ticket: £6
  • Space Lates Evening Ticket + The Planets 360 in the Planetarium: £8


We’ve curated a special evening packed with guest speakers, planetarium shows, stargazing and live demos.


Explore our galleries after-hours* and close your evening with an immersive planetarium show featuring Gustav Holst’s The Planets suite


Our café will be serving hot and cold drinks, snacks and sandwiches throughout the evening and our shop will be open from 18:00 – 21:00.

Guest Talks

SMILE! Taking a picture of space weather


– Dr Jennifer Carter
X-ray astronomer,
University of Leicester

Join solar scientist Dr Jennifer carter to find out how the Sun blasts Earth with ‘space weather’. This Live Space talk will also cover the upcoming space mission SMILE, designed to study the interaction between solar wind and its effects on Earth.

Time: 18:30
Location: Live Space

Uranus and Neptune: The least explored worlds of our Solar System

Naomi Rowe-Gurney

– Naomi Rowe-Gurney
PhD researcher of Planetary Science, University of Leicester

Ever wondered about future space exploration? Take a journey with PhD researcher Naomi Rowe-Gurney to the outer Solar System and discover why the ice giants are the most exciting destination for future missions.

Time: 19:15
Location: Live Space

The Seven Exoplanets of TRAPPIST-1


– Dr Matthew Kenworthy
Exoplanet astronomer, Leiden Observatory, Netherlands

In 2017 we discovered not one, but seven planets orbiting a small red star called TRAPPIST-1. All seven planets are Earth-sized, three of which could even have liquid water on their surface. But there is still so much to learn about this tantalising system, join Matthew Kenworthy to find out what astronomers are planning next.

Time: 20:00
Location: Live Space


Tour of the Night Sky

A presenter-led tour of what you can see in the sky above Leicester in the past, present and future. Discover planets, moons and go beyond to see exoplanets, galaxies, stars, nebulae and the wonders all around us. Learn about the constellations and the stories behind them from cultures around the world.

Time: 18:30 or 20:15
Pre-book your time when you purchase your ticket

Bepicolombo: X-Rays Eyes on Mercury

The University of Leicester is world-renowned for their role in the exploration of space. Their spacecraft, Bepicolombo, is heading towards Mercury right now. Join the researchers themselves and discover what the future of Mercury exploration looks like.

Time: 18:00 – 21:00

Building a Solar System

Our Solar System is made from four rocky planets and four gas giants. Join us to discover just how big our Solar System is and how it came to be.

Time: 18:00 – 21:00

Take A Step on an Exoplanet (Virtual Reality)

We have discovered thousands of exoplanets in our galaxy, but have you ever wondered what the surface of an exoplanet might look like? Take a step onto an exoplanet in virtual reality.

Time: 18:00-19:00 and 20:00-21:00

Meteorite Display

Ever touched a rock from space? Explore a collection of meteorites and find out how we use these rocks to explore the Solar System.

Time: 18:00 – 21:00

Stargazing (weather permitting)

Join Leicester Astronomical Society for a session star gazing.

Time: 18:00 – 21:00
Weather permitting


The Planets 360

Additional ticket required

The Planets 360 is a re-imagining of British composer Gustav Holst’s The Planets orchestral suite. It uses the awe-inspiring Fulldome format to create a sonically driven and immersive experience. Each movement is self-contained so that the perfect playlist for each audience can be created by choosing classic or contemporary interpretations of each planet. The show aims to bring new audiences to the dome by fusing art, music and science into a 360° spectacle.

21:00 – 21:45


– Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

No. This event is aimed at adults and 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.

– 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.

*Please note that the Rocket Tower and Tranquillity Base will not be open.