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Book now for - September 26th 2014

Opening Times

19th July - 31st August

Open from 10am until 4pm.

Shows run between the above times, click here for show times.

Booking recommended, subject to change without warning.

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.

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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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How far is a light year?

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Date 06-11-2013 13:11:03

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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2014 Entry Prices

Adults - £4.00

Children - £2.50 (5-15)

Concessions - £3.25

1 Adult + 1 Child - £5.00

Prices above are for Planetarium shows and exhibition ONLY; all other events and shows are different. Prices are subject to change during the year.

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