The Secret World of Gases

14 July 2018 - 02 September 2018

Science beyond the bang!

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This summer the National Space Centre will be taking you on a journey through the Secret World of Gases.

Thanks to our friends at the Association of Science and Discovery Centres, we have created a LIVE Science Zone, where you can drop in and get hands on with all manner of amazing experiments.

There will be daily talks, workshops, handling sessions and we guarantee that everything really will go with a BANG!

Don’t forget, buy in advance to beat the queues and upgrade to a FREE Annual Pass!

What's on

Science Zone

Drop in and meet our team. Here you can take part in lots of hands on science, as well as help you discover the Secret World of Gases:

  • Absorbing Heat – see how the greenhouse effect works
  • Sublimating Carbon Dioxide – discover an invisible gas
  • Ocean Acidification – take part in your very own acid experiments
  • Hydrostik – store and transport hydrogen to power your life
  • Hydrogen Fuel Cells – burn hydrogen without a flame
  • Hydrogen Bus – drive a bus powered only with hydrogen
  • Hydrogen House – test your new home, powered with the fuel of the future
11:00 - 16:00 every day

The Science Show

Our team will take you on a journey of discovery with some of our more “explosive” experiments, so roll up, roll up and see the Secret World of Gases in action:

  • Shrinking Balloons – create liquid air
  • Liquid Air – make invisible air visible
  • Liquid Nitrogen Fountain – a truly spectacular experiment
  • Boiling Nitrogen – see nitrogen change from a liquid to a gas
  • Blazing Oxygen – rapid oxidation in action
Various times throughout the day

Space Rocks

Drop into the National Space Academy Science Lab to have a close up look at some amazing and very special space rocks (free to all ticket holders).

25/26 July

Gas Trails

Whilst exploring our galleries keep an eye open for even more secret gases. Find them all to win a special Royal Society of Chemistry prize.

Throughout the day – collect your trail from the ticketing desk

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.

Each show combines the latest edge-blended video technologies, sound and computer animation to immerse you in a full 360º fulldome cinema experience.

Now Showing: ‘We Are Stars!’, narrated by Andy Serkis
We Are Stars allows you to explore the secrets of our cosmic chemistry, and our explosive origins. Connect life on Earth to the evolution of the Universe by following the formation of Hydrogen atoms to the synthesis of Carbon, and the molecules for life.

This show is an immersive 360 degree fulldome experience suitable for all the family. It includes educational content that will help children aged 7-14, as well as those with an interest in science and space.

Showings throughout the day.

Tour of the Night Sky, presenter-led
This is a presenter-led tour of what you can see in the sky above our city in the past, present and future. Take a tour that you can help create, through our solar system, to discover planets and moons. Go beyond to see other galaxies, stars, nebula and the wonders all around us.

Learn about the constellations and the stories behind them from cultures around the world.

This show is a traditional presenter-led planetarium show and is suitable for those with an interest in science and astronomy. The show is suitable for children aged 5+.

Monday – Friday: 14:30
Saturday – Sunday: 11:50 and 14:30

Please note, there will be no Tour of The Night Sky shows on the following dates: 28th July, 29th July, 4th August, 26th August

To see both shows an additional charge of £3 will be required.


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Café 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.

In addition, cold drinks can be purchased in the Shop.

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.

Park and Ride

The National Space Centre, Abbey Pumping Station and Dock all now have their very own Park and Ride bus stop. (Available Monday to Saturday)

Just head to the Birstall Park and Ride site and hop on a bus to us. The stop is on Abbey Lane, opposite ASDA supermarket and just a short walk to the Centre (just look for the Rocket Tower). The Park and Ride option is a great option for special events, wet school holiday days and when the 400 spaces in our car park are full.

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

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