Space Lates - Deep Space at National Space Centre

12th January 2019


Space Lates is an evening created for people who want to know more – those who have an interest in astronomy, space missions, and the exciting research happening here in the UK.

For this Space Lates, we’re celebrating deep space and exploring some of the big mysteries of the universe, from how the universe began to gravitational waves to the search for alien life.

We’ve curated a special evening packed with guest speakers, planetarium shows, stargazing, live demos.

Explore our galleries after-hours and finish your evening with a screening of the film Interstellar.

Guest Talks

Cosmology After The First 5 Minutes

Dr Sarah Bosman

Have you ever wondered when the first stars and planets formed?

How did galaxies acquire the spiral shapes we see today? The early history of our universe is driven by the familiar concepts of temperature and gravity. But it is far from uneventful! Movies obtained from the latest cosmological simulations will illustrate a tour of our cosmic history.

Sarah Bosman is a cosmologist at the University College London.

18:30 - LIVE Space

Aliens! . . . Where Are You?

Dr Francisco Diego

Explore the fascinating theme of life in our ever changing and growing universe. What is life and how did it develop to the high level of diversity and complexity that we see today? Did it all happen just by chance? With millions of other solar systems in our galaxy, should we expect to find alien intelligence everywhere? In our search for answers, we also discover the fragility of complex life, the recent origin of humanity, and our cosmic responsibility to preserve the precious environment that we call home. Because we could well be the aliens we are looking for.

Francisco Diego is an astrophysicist at the University College London.

(45 min talk & Q&A located in our Planetarium)

19:15 - Planetarium

Black Hole Beasts

Dr Tamela Maciel

Find out about one of the largest, most extreme objects in the universe – the majestic radio galaxy. Powered by supermassive black holes buried deep in the cores of galaxies, radio galaxies send out blasts of plasmas travelling nearly the speed of light and extending for millions of light years!

Tamela Maciel is a radio astronomer and the Space Communications Manager at the National Space Centre.

19:30 - LIVE Space

The Dawn of Gravitational Wave Astronomy

Dr Chris North

Gravitational Waves were first detected in 2015, 100 years after their prediction by Albert Einstein. Join Chris North as he explores what this new window on the Universe is telling us, and what we can expect in the future.

Dr Chris North is a gravitational wave astronomer at Cardiff University and STFC Public Engagement Fellow.

20:30 – LIVE Space




Tour of the Night Sky

Take a whirlwind 20-minute tour of the winter night sky in the Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium. Learn the constellations, the stories, and the planets that feature in summer. Select your show time during the booking process.

18:15, 20:15

Meteorite Display

Ever touched a rock from space? Explore a collection of meteorites and find out how we use these rocks to explore the Solar System.

18:00 - 21:00 Drop-in

How to Catch a Gravitational Wave

Gravitational waves much harder to catch than light waves from space. Find out how with this drop-in demo of a gravitational wave interferometer.

18:00 - 21:00 Drop-in


Leicester Astronomical Society

Gaze through a telescope at the winter night sky with the Leicester Astronomical Society as they celebrate the international 100 Hours of Astronomy event!

18:00 – 21:00 (Weather Dependent)


In Earth’s future, a global crop blight and second Dust Bowl are slowly rendering the planet uninhabitable. Professor Brand (Michael Caine), a brilliant NASA physicist, is working on plans to save mankind by transporting Earth’s population to a new home via a wormhole. But first, Brand must send former NASA pilot Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) and a team of researchers through the wormhole and across the galaxy to find out which of three planets could be mankind’s new home. (169 mins)

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18:00 Doors open
18:15 Tour of the Night Sky in the Planetarium, pre-booked
18:30 Cosmology After The First 5 Minutes talk in Live Space
19:15 Search


Space Lates Evening Ticket: £6
Space Lates Evening Ticket + Film: £12


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