There are variety of planetarium shows on throughout the weekend. Planetarium shows are £1.50 per person in addition to the Thinktank admission price. Tickets should be purchased at the ticket desk on arrival.

Cosmic Safari (Subtitled)


Look deep into space through the eyes of the Hubble Space Telescope and travel back billions of years to see the birth of the Universe.

Witness the formation of galaxies, explore some of the most astounding nebulae and astronomical objects yet discovered, and return home via a spectacular tour of our Solar System
Show duration 25min

Space Gazers

12.40pm (Not Saturday 10 Feb)

A chance to view the stunning views from telescopes and spacecraft of the solar system and beyond with music by Johan Monell. This show has no narration and aimed at under 8s so could be noisy.
Show duration 10min
Image of ALMA radio telescopes courtesy of ESO/T.Matsopoulos

Polaris, the space submarine and the mystery of the polar night

12noon, 2.25pm,

Join Vladimir the polar bear and James the travelling penguin at the North Pole, as they try to understand why their respective homes have such long winters.  Using Vladimir's excellent do-it-yourself skills and James' scientific knowledge they take a journey into space to observe the Earth, Mars and Saturn.  Their journey is not all plain sailing and we share some of their adventures on Polaris the space submarine. Look out for numerous movie and sci-fi references!
Show duration 29min

Seasonal Stars - Winter

2pm, 3.05pm, 3.35pm

Planetarium Show about easy-to-see objects in this season's sky; includes how to find the North Star, how to identify a satellite and find some of the seasonal constellations.
Show duration 20 min*
*20 min show includes Journey to Infinity, a tour of the Solar System and the Universe, narrated by Sue Beardsmore

Stars of the Pharaohs


An exploration of how the Ancient Egyptians understood the sky, with spectacular visuals of reconstructed monuments.
Show duration 36 min, (ages 3+)

Programme subject to change owing to group bookings