NSC Creative RAS200 project – The Planets 360 planetarium show

Stephen Serjeant applauds the creativity of the show at the premiere of The Planets 360, one of the RAS 200 anniversary outreach projects.

The full article can be found here.

Read the PDF here: The Planets 360 review

If you have a planetarium, mobile or otherwise, you can download and use the show for free!

The show has two parts, one focused on Holst’s seven-part orchestral suite The Planets, which premiered in 1918, the other featuring a modern reinterpretation. Both make full use of modern astronomical imagery and spectacular graphics. The show is modular, so venues can pick out segments to suit different audiences. Contact NSC Creative at the National Space Centre.

Check here for more details on how you can access this brilliant resource: http://nsccreative.com/projects/the-planets-360/

Read the article here.


Inspiring youth with Tim Peake


Prince’s Trust ambassador Tim Peake and representatives from RAS200 were in Cardiff last week, speaking with a number of young people from Prince’s Trust Programmes currently participating in STEM Projects across Wales.

The first of the ‘Trust Talks’ series for young people, the theme of the inaugural event was “The Importance of STEM in Welsh Education”.

“It’s great to see so many young people being inspired by science and technology,” commented Robert Massey, Deputy Executive Director of the RAS, who was at the event with Tim. “These subjects are vital for the future, and it’s so important that initiatives like this are supported by government.”

Urdd Eisteddfod begins in Wales


The Urdd National Eisteddfod opens today in Wales! Running until 2 June, it features lots of contributions from the RAS 200 project Astronomy and Geophysics through the Traditional Culture of Wales, including:

  • 11 schools taking part in the main Monday night pavilion competition, performing songs inspired by the theme of Gofod / Space
  • A drop-in art workshop led by Gwenllian Beynon inspired by the planets
  • An exhibition of the Brecon Beacons Dark Sky Reserve art installation, painted by 106 children from 3 local schools.


The official search has also been launched for the Artistic Team to lead the 2020 Urdd and National Eisteddfod opening concert, with Astronomy and Geophysics as the main theme inspired by RAS200. Contact the RAS for more information or to get involved.


Stay tuned to social media for updates, and check out the event page and drop by if you’re in the area!

Cornwall: Sea to Stars project gets underway

The  Cornwall: Sea to Stars project is now officially on the road, after a successful launch event in Truro at the end of March.

Take a look at the project website for the latest updates and more photos, and to find out where to catch the roadtrip – coming soon to a Cornish town near you!