Astrocampus: Cosmodome

University of York Department of Physics Sign up for our free newsletter

Be inspired with the wonders of space in the comfort of your school with our Cosmodome: an inflatable planetarium that seats up to 30 primary school children, 25 KS3 students, or 20 KS4/5 students.  Shows can be tailored to your requirements and can be varied in length. However, suggested timings and possible content for the different age ranges is detailed below.

The Cosmodome requires a power socket and a large, high-ceilinged room such as a gym or school hall. It is 5m in diameter and 3m in height. Please note that it cannot be used outside. The dome takes approximately 45 minutes to put up, and 30 minutes to dismantle, so please build in time for this when planning your day.

To book the Cosmodome, please complete the booking form at the bottom of the page. We ask for a donation of £150 for a full day or £85 for a half day to cover transporting the dome.

KS1: 20-30 minutes:
  • Fly through the Solar System looking at the planets
  • Watch the Sun move across the sky and discover what happens to the stars during the day time
  • Hear the stories behind some of the constellations
  • Watch a short animation about space exploration
KS2: 30-45 minutes
  • Fly through the Solar System, finding out some of the properties of the planets
  • Hear the stories behind some of the constellations and learn about different types of star
  • Watch a short animation about space exploration
  • Watch the National Space Centre Show ‘We are Aliens’ (narrated by Rupert Grint)
KS3: 45 minutes
  • Fly through the Solar System, finding out some of the properties of the planets
  • Identify what to look for in the night sky and learn about different types of star
  • Watch the National Space Centre Show ‘We are Aliens’ (narrated by Rupert Grint)
KS4: 45 minutes - 1 hour
  • Fly through the Solar System, finding out some of the properties of the planets
  • Identify what to look for in the night sky and identify stars at different points in stellar evolution
  • Watch the National Space Centre Show ‘We are Aliens’ (narrated by Rupert Grint)
  • Watch the National Space Centre show ‘We are Astronomers’ (narrated by David Tennant) detailing how Astronomers use different parts of the electromagnetic spectrum to look into space
KS5: 45 minutes - 1 hour
  • Tour the night skies, focusing on stellar evolution and cosmology
  • Watch the National Space Centre show ‘We are Astronomers’ (narrated by David Tennant) detailing how Astronomers use different parts of the electromagnetic spectrum to look into space
Type of School:










* Required fields.