A popular feature at the Hebridean Dark Skies Festival since 2019, Cosmos Planetarium is a mobile planetarium offering a 360° immersive multi-media experience. The planetarium returns to An Lanntair for our festival opening weekend with a mix of old favourites and new films, headlined by an exclusive planetarium adaptation of our 2020 Dark Skies Festival exhibition, Creativity and Curiosity.
All shows are limited to just 25 places so book early!
Ted’s Space Adventure (for under 5’s)
1pm only (30 minutes)
Ted and best friend Plant go on an amazing fun journey around our solar system. We learn why some planets are good to live on and others not so much, we also have a cosmic sing-a-long on the way.
We Are Aliens
1.30pm and 3.45pm (30 minutes)
Learn about extreme life forms on Earth and the possibility of life elsewhere in the universe. Travel to Mars with a robotic explorer, dive into a vast alien ocean and search planets orbiting other stars for signs of life.
Forward! to the Moon
2pm and 4.15pm (30 minutes)
Forward! to the Moon takes you on a journey with the Artemis missions, the next step in our exploration of the cosmos, as NASA plans to land the first woman, and first person of colour on the Moon in the next decade.
Phantom of the Universe (pictured)
30 minute version – 2.30pm
One hour evening version – 7pm
From the journey of protons racing through the world’s largest particle collider in Europe to up-close views of the Big Bang and emergent cosmos, Phantom of the Universe is designed to immerse audiences in the search for dark matter. It is narrated by Oscar-winning actress, Tilda Swinton.
Creativity and Curiosity
4.45pm and 8pm (40 minutes)
A collaboration between astronomers and visual artists, Creativity and Curiosity was a popular main gallery exhibition at the 2020 Hebridean Dark Skies Festival. This is the first screening of a new planetarium version of the show.
If you like this…. Dynamic Earth is also doing planetarium screenings on Saturday 18 March, and both Cosmos Planetarium and Dynamic Earth are available for schools events between 13 and 17 March.
The Hebridean Dark Skies Festival runs from 9-21 March 2023 with arts and astronomy events for all the family at An Lanntair and across Lewis and Harris. Browse the full festival programme here.
The festival is supported by Caledonian MacBrayne and Outer Hebrides Tourism, in partnership with, Calanais Visitor Centre, Stornoway Astronomical Society, Gallan Head Community Trust, Lews Castle College UHI, Cala Hotels, and VisitScotland.