Things To Do In Glasgow : Glasgow Science Centre Planetarium
Did you know, that if you could calculate every drop of rain that fell in Glasgow during a year and multiply the number by ten, it would still be far less than the amount of stars in the known universe.
Is it possible to even comprehend such an enormous number? GlasgowLiving was invited along to the reopening of the Glasgow Science Centre and we were spellbound.
After being introduced to the wonders of the universe, through a short introduction by Glasgow Science Centre’s award winning Astronomer Steve Owens, we travelled to the furthest reaches of the galaxy. Reaching as far as astronomers have ever gazed upon.
All thanks to the £450,000 pounds upgrade which helped modernise GSC’s spectacular planetarium.
Re-opened to the public on the 5th of September, the planetarium is far more than just a huge semi sphere shaped dome. It’s a digital passport providing you with the tools to gaze upon the majesty and splendour at the heart of our cosmos.
With space and the known universe the current zeitgeist, thanks in no part, to extensive media coverage regarding, future manned missions to Mars, the Mars Rover, images of Pluto and also the Rosetta mission which let’s not forget, successfully landed a probe on a comet 4 billion miles away from our Sun. The planetarium has the ability to transport you to any one of these events, and so, so, much more.
GSC Astronomer, Steve Owens said “The upgrade has truly transformed our planetarium, allowing us to take our audience to the edge of the known universe, to planets around alien stars, and to anywhere in our own solar system.
With a variety of shows, welcoming all school ages, from P1 to S1, as well as public orientated shows demonstrating the beauty of our very own moon, it’s impossible to deny how impressive the GSC planetarium truly is.
The first film to to be shown in the Planetarium is “Back to the Moon for Good” narrated by “Buzz Lightyear” himself Tim Allen, displayed across the 15 metre hemispherical planetarium, it completely immerses the viewer in a spectacle unlike anything they’ve ever witnessed before.
Google’s “Back to the Moon for Good” is a documentary revealing an ongoing $30 million dollars prize competition, for the first team who manages to successfully build a robotic spacecraft, land it on the moon and then navigate it across 500 metres of the moon’s terrain.
That’s just one of many shows available in the forthcoming months in the planetarium, (there’s even talk of hosting a science of Star Wars themed event, prior to the premier screening of “The Force Awakens”).
“This will be the first time that our planetarium audience will be able to see pluto up close,” said Steve with jubilance, “we can land on Mars, fly through the rings of Saturn,” he continued. “Plus with every new bit of data, the star show content can be immediately updated.”
We were transported into the immediate centre of the rings of Saturn and discovered that the majority of the enormous rings are made up of ice, water and dirt.
Were you aware, that orbiting Saturn at this very minute there are 62 moons? Neither were we!
Looking for things to do in Glasgow? Visiting the Glasgow Science Centre Planetarium is a must. You will not be disappointed.