ASTRODOME Mobile School Planetarium ASTRODOME Mobile School Planetarium


Geneva House

Contact: Sue Golding
01634 832222

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Opening Times

Office hours 8.30 am - 5.30pm or 24hr Answer phone

About Us: Astrodome was formed in 1992 by Peter J Golding a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and a member of The British Astronomical Association, that was way back in the last century and we are still outstanding in this century. We started producing shows in 1993 that have been enjoyed by so many schools over the years and are frequently booked back year after year! In the last 25 years Astrodome’s unique Space Show has now been delivered to over 5,000 schools in the UK and our shows are updated every year. Astrodome has 3 planetariums to suit your school hall, starting with our 5.5m silver screen Star-Lab Dome, suitable if you have a small hall; 6.5m Stargazer Dome, this is our most frequently used dome with superb projection and our 7m Go-Dome for larger spaces! All our Domes are made from reinforced flame retardant, industrial grade fabric which is inflated by a high-velocity fan to a rigid structure in about five minutes. The floor on all our domes is entirely open to allow for easy emergency exit. Our large domes hold up to 65 students plus teachers (2 classes). Each presentation is approximately 50 minutes to 1 hour. The cost of the first show will depend on where your school is situated from our Rochester base and £80 each for subsequent presentations. Our Presentations: Our presentations are adjusted to key-stages 1,2,3 & 4 and it’s not just sitting back pushing buttons, our presentations are very much hands-on with an informative talk throughout and using illuminated globes & models of the Sun, Moon and the Planets, this allows the children to become dark adapted before going on to see the stars. We have 4 different Star projectors projecting over 40,000 stars to produce the reality and magic of being in space. We have a mythological projector which outlines the constellations, making it easier for children to understand the navigation of the night sky! We then move on to some NASA footage showing the first moon landing and then we travel past each planet giving an explanation of each as we go by. The show is fun and very informative and we gear the presentation to the age of the children. Each child will receive a certificate at the end of the presentation.