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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 located at Fort Victoria Country Park.

Opening Times

The planetarium will closed for daily shows from the 2nd November, please contact us for group bookings and opening times during the winter.

Stargazing Weekends

Next:- 12th February 2016

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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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How Big is Our Universe?

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Date 08-04-2014 15:04:15

The universe is a big, big place. But how big? And how do we know? As technology has evolved, astronomers are able to look back in time to the moments just after the Big Bang. This might seem to imply that the entire universe lies within our view. But the size of the universe depends on a number of things, including its shape and expansion. Just how big is the universe? The truth is, scientists can't put a number on it. The observable universe Astronomers have measured the age of the universe to be approximately 13.8 billion years old. Because of the connection between distance and the speed

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