Wynyard Planetarium and Observatory

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Please note 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 looked at ways to continue our mission and until it is possible for us to again welcome visitors in person to the planetarium and observatory we are running regular online Virtual Star Shows and Astronomy Workshops via the Zoom Video Conferencing platform both for members of the public and Scout/Guides/School groups. The Star Shows are 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. Please see our Events and Shows page for further details.

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.

Thank you.

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