Wynyard Planetarium and Observatory

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This incredible photo was taken by one of our volunteers showing the International Space Station transitting the face of the sun. The photo is a mosiac of numerous photos as the ISS passed in front of the sun, an event which lasted less than a second. Image credit Keith Johnson.

ISS transit

The James Webb telescope has now completed the fine phasing alignment and the Near-Infrared Camera is now fully aligned to the mirrors.

James Webb Telescope


Check out what will happen next here. Make sure you click on the Webb in 3D Solar System link to show a stunning visualisation of the telescope and it's place in the solar system

James Webb Telescope

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.

Following recent changes in regulations we are now actively working out how to restart public events at the planetarium.

For the safety of our visitors and volunteers we will for the foreseeable future require for both outdoor and eventually indoor events :

• Pre-booking for all events including former drop in events such as those previously run on Tuesday evenings and Sundays
• Evidence of vaccination or of a negative COVID test within the last 48 hours

We are currently making physical changes to the planetarium to allow us to run activities. Even then due to the nature of the planetarium space our visitors and staff are unavoidably in close proximity and it is impractical to properly sanitise telescopes and 'hands on' science exhibits between each user. As such:

• Visitors into the planetarium will be required to wear a mask.
• Our science exhibits will be demonstrated to visitors by our volunteers.

Unfortunately due to the very confined nature of the observatory we will be unable to welcome visitors inside to use the telescope in person. We are 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.

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