Cosmos Planetarium is a pop-up mobile dome that gives you an amazing 360° window on the universe. This immersive, cinematic theatre experience is awe-inspiring, educational and fun.
The Planetarium presents a day of public screenings for all the family on Wednesday 16 February, from a special screening for pre-schoolers to a one-hour immersive musical journey for older audiences.
COVID-19 – all Cosmos Planetarium shows are in line with the latest government advice regarding Covid-19; there is also a constant flow of fresh air through the planetarium at all times, further reducing the risk of infection.
10am, 12.45pm and 1.45pm (EXTRA SCREENING DUE TO DEMAND)
Ted’s Space Adventure – 30 mins (under 5’s)
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. This film is designed for a younger audience (under 5’s) but great fun for older brothers and sisters too. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
10.30am and 1.15pm
We Are Aliens – 30 minutes (all ages)
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.
CAPCOM GO! Apollo – in their own words – 30 mins (all ages)
Immerse yourself in one of the greatest human achievements of all time, the story of Apollo, told by the astronauts themselves. A fantastic mix of stunning new visuals overlaid with the sounds captured live as the missions happened. This version includes the Scots language poem by Rab Wilson, Space Walk, about Neil Armstrong and his Scottish connections.
11.30am and 2.15pm
Big Telescopes – 30 mins (all ages)
Telescopes have been around for over 400 years but the newest ones – including the just launched Webb Space Telescope – will help change our understanding of the cosmos forever. This presenter led show also includes UK based mission engineers and scientists talking about their work on some of these pioneering projects. We travel from the Atacama Desert in Chile where the largest telescopes in the world are housed to the centre of the Milky Way and beyond.
The Planets 360 – 60 mins (best for older audiences)
We go on a grand tour around the solar system in a re-imagining of Holst’s famous The Planetssuite. The show uses the awe-inspiring ‘fulldome’ format to create a sonically driven, immersive extravaganza as we journey to all of the planets. This one is for the music lovers as we concentrate on the music and stunning visuals. Music by the London Philharmonia Orchestra The stunning immersive visuals and music was funded by the Royal Astronomical Society’s outreach grant RAS200 ‘Sky & Earth’.
The Hebridean Dark Skies Festival is supported by Caledonian MacBrayne, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Culture and Business Fund Scotland. We would also like to thank our event partners, Calanais Visitor Centre, Stornoway Astronomical Society, Gallan Head Community Trust, and Lews Castle College UHI , as well as Cala Hotels, Outer Hebrides Tourism, and VisitScotland.