Dorset Mobile Planetarium
With Thanks To Our Sponsors
Free Mobile Planetarium
Planetariums can inspire children like nothing else. Schools love them, but unfortunately, they are quite expensive to hire – over £500/day. With the help of our sponsors, we’ve been able to purchase our own mobile planetarium that we can take to various events offering free planetarium shows. Our time and resources are very limited, so we really appreciate a donation towards running costs.
Hire The Planetarium
Our insured and DBS checked STEM ambassadors can bring the dome to your school. Being a 4m dome, it can fit around 20 children in at a time, less than some others, but we can fit in much smaller spaces. Others run 6-7m domes which need at least 8x8m free space with a ceiling that is at least 3.6m – not every school can accommodate this, or if they can it means fitting around kitchen arrangements.
Our mobile planetarium is currently volunteer run, often with staff taking time out of their day jobs to run sessions. Where possible, we will try to offer the dome hire for free, but a donation would be greatly appreciated. This helps us ensure the dome is well maintained.
We’re currently expanding our library, but we have licenses to some amazing shows covering topics from space, to biology. Shows include the award-winning ‘We are aliens’ and GoogleX’s “Back to the Moon, for good”. We can also perform a live presenter led show, including what will be visible that night in the sky above your town/village.
Inside the dome
On school visits, it is normal for children to sit cross-legged on the floor under the dome. We do go a step further than most and have a padded blanket under the dome. If requested, we have inflatable chairs available, but that reduces the capacity of the dome. If every viewer is on an inflatable chair, only 10 people can watch the show. This is ideal for older children or adults that would prefer not to sit on the floor.
The Dorset based Insurance Software provider generously donated funds for the Atom Club’s first Inflatable Dome. This 4m custom made dome can hold up to 20 children at a time and is the perfect start for us.
More information on Morning Data and their eNovus product can be found at www.morningdata.co.uk
The Honest Agency
The Dorset web agency has continued to fund our operations. This time donating the projection system, seating and hardware. Another thank you for also donating a large marquee allowing us to be one of the only mobile planetariums in the country that can operate outside.
More information on The Honest Agency and their community activity can be found at thehonest.agency
National Space Centre
The UK’s Space Centre – a great day out by the way. Has kindly supplied us with a license to 2 great full-dome shows.
More information on can be found at spacecentre.co.uk