Wynyard Planetarium and Observatory

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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 will be needing to make physical changes to the planetarium and to how we run activities. As such there may be some delay before we are able to start indoor events. 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:

• When we are ready to welcome visitors into the planetarium we will require masks to be worn.
• 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.

We intend to continue offering Virtual Star Shows and Astronomy Workshops via the Zoom Video Conferencing platform both for members of the public and Scout/Guides/School groups. These Star Shows are presenter led, include some of the same content as our regular planetarium shows and have live Question and Answer sessions. There may 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. Please contact us for further details.

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.