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The LUniverse Planetarium

The LUniverse portable inflatable planetarium at Lancaster University

The Lancaster Physics Department is proud to present the LUniverse mobile planetarium, an exciting educational resource for schools and the general public in Lancashire and Cumbria.

The LUniverse planetarium uses state-of-the-art equipment to present an immersive journey through astrophysics and space. You can take a tour of the night sky, view other planets and galaxies up close, visit astronomical telescopes around the globe, land on the surface of other worlds, or view a solar eclipse. LUniverse can take you anywhere you want to go in the Universe!

The shows are delivered by a mixture of staff and students from our Observational Astrophysics and Planetary Science research groups, who are all excited to share their enthusiasm for physics, and their expert knowledge of astronomy and astrophysics. LUniverse caters to the complete range of audiences and age groups, and is accessible to wheelchair users. It can be used for school visits, community groups, and public events.

Due to COVID-19, we are only running virtual events at the moment. Please see 'The Virtual Planetarium' for more.

The Virtual Planetarium

We are excited to bring you a COVID-safe version of our full dome experience via a live-streamed planetarium show! The LUniverse virtual planetarium experience typically includes a 30-minute planetarium show and a Q&A with our scientists. We can also provide post-show activities for children, such as a challenge to draw your own constellation. As our virtual show uses the same software as our full dome, we can give you a similar experience to our in person shows. We don't charge for most of our shows as we want to spread the excitement of the night sky to as many people as possible. If you’re interested in a virtual show please contact physics-planetarium@lancaster.ac.uk

The LUniverse Full-dome Planetarium

Up to 30 people can experience each LUniverse show. We can host planetarium events at Lancaster University, or we can bring the planetarium to you if you have a suitable space. The footprint of the dome is 5.5m x 7m and it requires a ceiling height of at least 3.7m. If your ceiling is close to 3.7m in height, we will need to switch off any lights above the dome. Visitors will need to take off their shoes, so an area for this is also needed. If we come to you, we will need to park one or two vehicles for the duration of our visit. For more information or to make booking enquiries, please contact physics-planetarium@lancaster.ac.uk

If you’re interested in having LUniverse at your school or event, please contact us!

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Free, virtual planetarium shows, every first Wednesday of the month!

Every first Wednesday at 4pm, LUniverse is running free online planetarium shows.

If you want to join one of our free events, click here to register and get connection details!

Missed a planetarium show? All of our recordings are free to watch! Click here to watch!

What people are saying

"As always with the Planetarium, the provision was first class. The children were both engaged and inspired by the presentation, and it is through experiences like this that we promote STEM careers to young learners. Our host was engaging, and children had the opportunity to share their existing knowledge and gain new knowledge."

-Teacher, Primary School Show

" I just think the Planetarium Online sessions have been fascinating and I think the host is infectious with his enthusiasm. And his great love for astronomy shines through. I will definitely be tuning in for more as long as these sessions run."

-Attendee, Public Show