welcome to the island planetarium

The Planetarium is closed until spring 2015 (date will be published early in 2015)  for a major refit over the autumn/winter.

Thank you to everyone that visited us during 2014.

We are still able to take school bookings as we can visit your school with our Mobile Planetarium, for more details visit our website for details.

We are still running the Stargazing Weekend on the 21st November and still have spaces if you would like to book please call us.

If you would like up to date details on what’s going on at the Planetarium and with the refit; like our Facebook page as we will post updates as and when they happen.

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.

We would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, see you in 2015!


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.

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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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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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