welcome to the island planetarium

About the Island Planetarium

The Island Planetarium offers a fascinating journey through time & space; stimulating your imagination & mind, in our astrodome theatre & exhibition.

This man-made Universe will take you places you have never been before, from the surface of the Moon to the depth of outer space in our immersive ASTRODOME 360 STAR-THEATRE.

Make sure you leave time to explore the various space-science displays and exhibition dedicated the great scientist/inventor Robert Hooke, born in Freshwater in 1635.

The Planetarium based at Fort Victoria Country Park.

Stargazing Weekends

Next:- September 11th

Shows & Opening Times

Opening times between 5th and 22nd May, we will be open every day apart from Thursday 7th when we will closed all day.

For full details and show times check out our shows page.

Online booking will be enabled very soon.


Adults - £4.00

Children - £2.50

Family (2A+2C) - £12.00

Discounts if you pre-book atleast 45 minutes prior to a show.

Stargazing Evenings

22nd July at 8.00pm

£8.00 per person. Family (2A+2C) £30.00

See our stargazing evening page for full details.

If you would like to call us please do so on 01983 761555 and leave a message and someone will call you back as soon as possible.

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How far is a light year?

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Date 27-03-2015 16:03:20

A light-second is the distance light travels in one second, or 7.5 times the distance around Earth’s equator. A light-year is the distance light travels in one year. How far is that? Multiply the number of seconds in one year by the number of kilometers (or miles) that light travels in one second, and there you have it: one light-year. It’s about 9.5 trillion kilometers (5.88 trillion miles). If we scale the astronomical unit – the Earth-sun distance – at one inch, then the light-year on this scale represents one mile. The closest star to Earth, other than the sun, is Alpha

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ISS August 2014

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Date 06-08-2014 13:08:28

ISS bright UK pass details for August 2014 The International Space Station (ISS) is back over UK skies with some great passes during August 2014 and this month we have a special bonus with passes occurring during the Perseid Meteor Shower. The ISS is the largest Space Station/ laboratory ever built orbiting the Earth, it can be spotted with the naked eye at certain times as it orbits the planet at 17500mph at an altitude of roughly 200 miles. Spotting the station is very easy and you don't need any special equipment, only your eyes. Date ISS Rises ISS Rise Direction ISS Highest Point ISS Set

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