Wynyard Planetarium and Observatory

Welcome to Wynyard Planetarium and Observatory

Latest News

NASA has just released the latest image from the James Webb telescope showing the "Pillars of Creation" where new stars are forming within dense clouds of gas and dust. The three-dimensional pillars look like majestic rock formations, but are made up of cool interstellar gas and dust that appear, at times, semi-transparent in near-infrared light.
The "Pillars of Creation" were first made famous when imaged by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope in 1995. The photo below compares the hubble image (on the left) with the image from the James Webb telescope.

Pillars of Creation

Planetarium Events

Thank you for bearing with us whilst we have been closed during the pandemic and thank you to those who have supported our virtual events and made donations. Also many thanks to our volunteers for sticking with us during this time and especially to those new volunteers who have joined us during the lockdowns despite not being able to meet us in person or physically volunteer at our facilities.

We are now running a full programme of events on every other Friday evening and we are open every Tuesday from 7.30pm until 9pm as a drop in event where you can learn a bit more about us, see the facilities and if the skies are clear you can bring your own telescope to use and be given advice on how to get the best out of it, or use one of our telescopes.
Please note pre-booking is essential for all Friday evening events, and you can now book direct from the website, just click Here for details.

We have made some physical changes to the planetarium whilst we have been closed including the installation of some plush new seating and lighting.

Unfortunately due to the very confined nature of the observatory only a small number of visitors will be allowed inside to use the telescope in person. We are also looking at ways to automate the observatory and allow members of the public to observe through the observatory telescope via video link.

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.

Thank you.