Wynyard Planetarium and Observatory
Whilst public events and visits to Wynyard Planetarium and Observatory are currently suspended for the safety of our guests and volunteer staff as a result of the current public health situation.
Even when regulations permit us to open, we have determined that the required protocols make it unviable for us to do so.
Our visitors and staff are unavoidably in close proximity within our facilities and it is impractical to properly sanitise telescopes and 'hands on' science exhibits between each user.
We have been looking at ways to continue our mission online we are pleased to annouce that we have now successfully run pilot Virtual Star Shows via the Zoom Video Conferencing platform both for some members of the public and a Scout group.
Until it is possible for us to again welcome visitor in person to the planetarium and observatory we will soon be running regular online Virtual Star Shows and Astronomy Workshops.
The Star Shows will be presenter led, include some of the same content as our regular planetarium shows and have live Question and Answer sessions.
There will also be the opportunity for a virtual visit to the planetarium and observatory and, if the sky is clear, we may even link a telescope up to the Zoom session.
The Workshops will be more interactive sessions on a specific practical topic with one or more of our experienced volunteers.
To make sure that those attending our online events get the best experience we will be limiting the numbers for each event. We will do this via our regular booking platform. There will be a small nominal charge per connection for these online shows and workshops to help cover our costs.
In addition when booking an event we are asking for you help and support to allow future visitors to have an "out of this world experience" by making an additional voluntary donation.
By making a donation you will be helping support a facility unique to the Tees Valley for everybody interested in astronomy, physics and technology, as well as those who will become our future STEM professionals.