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Astronomy Day
Join us for a day of space-themed talks and activities at East Fortune this November with the Astronomical Society of Edinburgh (ASE) and Strathclyde Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (strathSEDS).


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Daytime activities

Cosmos 6m Digital Planetarium

When: 30 minute sessions throughout the day
Booking: Spaces are limited so booking on arrival is essential on a first come first served basis.

Go on an amazing journey out through the solar system and beyond with Cosmos Planetarium. Highlights include landing on the surface of the moon with the Apollo astronauts, flying through the rings of Saturn and searching for life in vast alien oceans. Shows also include, to Pluto, real close-up images of Pluto from NASA’s ‘New Horizons’ mission and a fantastic full-dome short film about the mission.

Outdoor Water Rockets

Bring your own empty 1 litre lemonade bottle and we’ll turn it into a rocket for you which you can launch.

Outdoor solar (sun) observing sessions with ASE

Observe the daytime sun through a specially dark filtered solar telescope. (Never directly look at the sun through a telescope or binoculars or even the naked eye as this can cause serious eye damage or blindness!)

Indoor telescope demonstrations and Astrophotography displays

Explore the skies with the Astronomical Society of Edinburgh.

Mars Lander Egg Drop

Build your own Mars Lander with StrathSEDS. This activity is designed to simulate a re-entry vehicle entering the Mars atmosphere and carrying out a successful landing. Using a variety of household items such as; straws, paper plates, string, sellotape, construct a device capable of protecting a real egg when dropped from a height. 

Meteorites and Mars rock

Get up close to some visitors from space with our real meteorite collection and even a sample of rock from the planet Mars courtesy of the Science and Technology Facilities Council.

Model comet making

Watch one of our team simulate making an icy comet from dry ice.

Spherical 3D display systems

A display by Pufferfish Displays showcasing their innovating work on spherical 3d display systems.

Daytime talks

For younger visitors

  • Face Painting on an Astronomical Theme (all day)
  • Children's craft activities (10:30-12:30 and 13.30-16:00)

Evening sessions

Stargazing (weather dependent)

18:00-20:00 - Enjoy some real stargazing with members of ASE – use their telescopes or or bring your own. This year Cosmos Planetariums are also providing two telescopes, including a 16” scope which offers some really exciting views of the night sky. 

Planetarium shows

Cosmos Planetariums will also be running further Planetarium Shows in the evening

Model comet making

Watch one of our team simulate making an icy comet from dry ice.

Aviator Café

Our café remains open so grab a bowl of hearty soup or other tasty snacks to keep you warm in the evening.

More activities will be added to the programme over the next month so watch this space – and keep watching the skies!

Event information


14 Nov 2015
Daytime events run throughout the day from 10:00-16:00. Evening events run from 17:00-20:00.


National Museum of Flight, East Fortune, EH39 5LF

How much

All daytime events are provided as part of the normal admission price to the Museum.

Evening events are free of charge but advance booking is required for the stargazing session.

Booking information

Booking in advance for the evening stargazing sessions is required.

Please telephone 0131 247 4238 to reserve your place.

Stargazing sessions are dependent on weather conditions.

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