1 June 2017

Scientists from the University of Hertfordshire will be bringing their new inflatable planetarium to the Letchworth Festival on 16-18 June 2017.

The planetarium, which is normally on show at the University’s Bayfordbury Observatory, is the biggest of its kind in the UK. The six-metre high dome is used to educate people about the wonders of the universe, offering a guided tour of the solar system, the Milky Way and beyond.

Inside the planetarium is a top of the range High Definition (HD) projector that beams galaxies and stars across its dome as well as a 360 sound system. The system also includes short films to enhance the face-to-face learning experience.

It is primarily used as a cosmic teaching tool for schools, but is fully portable and can be used anywhere including parks and festivals.

Its next appearance will be at the Letchworth Festival on Friday 16 June-Sunday 18 June 2017. It will be based at Broadway Gardens and public shows with Hertfordshire astronomers will run on the hour from 12:00-19:00. Tickets are available in advance on the door subject to availability. Tickets cost £5.00 and children under 14 enter for free.

Dr Mark Gallaway from the School of Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics at the University said: “The planetarium is an excellent and exciting way to explore the Solar System and beyond. We are looking forward to attending the Letchworth Festival to make science more accessible to the wider public. Rather than people having to visit the observatory, we can now bring the solar system and galaxy to them.”

Find out more about the inflatable planetarium at the Letchworth Festival