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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 based at Fort Victoria Country Park.

Stargazing Weekends

Next:- September 11th

Shows & Opening Times

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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

Every Wednesday from 22nd July untill 26th August 2015

NEXT 22nd July at 8.30pm

£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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When Jupiter and Venus collide!

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Date 29-06-2015 14:06:38

The planets Jupiter and Venus will 'collide' this month and there will be something amazing to see in the night sky every evening this month Of course, the planets won’t actually collide, it’s an apparent alignment. On Tuesday, June 30 there will be a a rare alignment of two bright planets which only happens every few years. Over to the west-northwest at dusk during June, a gathering is taking place between the two brightest ‘stars’ in the Northern Hemisphere sky, one that even casual stargazers cannot fail to notice. The ‘stars’ in question are, of course,

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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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