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Space Lates - July

This month our Discovery team will be proving that #spacerocks

  • 12th Jul 2024
  • Tickets from £8.00
  • Highly Engaging Talks and Workshops
  • Very Limited Capacity

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    Space Lates

    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, around the world, and out in space.

    For this Space Lates, we’re looking at Space Rocks.

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

    Explore our galleries after-hours and finish your evening with a live astronomy session with Leicester Astronomical Society (weather permitting).

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Tour of the Summer Night Sky

18:45, 19:45 – pre-booked

Head to the UKs largest planetarium to join our Space Communications team for a tour of the night sky with a look a some different types of space rocks!



Head to our LIVE Space and Shuttle Suites to hear from our expert guest speakers.

  1. Matt Kenworthy

    Rocks, Rubble and Rings

    • Matthew Kenworthy
    • Associate Professor of Astronomy, Leiden Observatory
    • 18:15 and 20:15

    You don’t need big telescopes to make Earth (or exoplanet) shattering discoveries! Space rocks can be in rings around other planets and stars, and occasionally you get to see maybe even planets colliding. Matthew will talk about searching for giant rings around alien worlds, rubble from cosmic collisions, and what may be the first detection of the glow of giant planets colliding.

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    Sampling the Solar System

    • John Bridges
    • Professor of Planetary Science, University of Leicester
    • 18:15 and 19:15

    Recent and upcoming space missions have been designed to sample asteroids, comets, the Moon, Phobos, and Mars.  These are in some ways the next stage in exploring our Solar System. Join John as he share how the University of Leicester is part of many of these missions, analysing returned samples and planning the new instrumentation in space and Earth needed for them.

  3. Julia Cartwright

    From Meteorites to Mercury, With Love

    • Julia Cartwright
    • Independent Research Fellow, University of Leicester
    • 19:15 and 20:15

    Meteorites remain some of the most important materials for understanding the where, what and why of our Solar System, because they preserve information about key events and processes. For Mercury, as one of the least explored planets, we still don’t exactly know how it formed or what is going on at the surface. With the upcoming ESA/JAXA BepiColombo mission on its way to Mercury, and building off of NASA Messenger mission data, Julia will share some of the research to understand the history of the smallest rocky planet in our Solar System.



Join our science communication team and supporting contributors throughout the evening to explore a range of different activities.

  1. 1.3kg lunar meteorite.
    Graham Ensor

    Space rocks – mysteries unlocked

    • 18:00-21:00 (drop-in)
    • Graham Ensor

    Displayed from the Graham Ensor Collection, find out about some of the oldest rocks from space – take a look at the building blocks of our solar system (including the largest Lunar meteorite in the UK) and hold a piece of space history.

  2. Transit

    Detecting exoplanets

    • 18:00-21:00 (drop-in)
    • National Space Centre

    Join our Space Communications team to find out how exoplanets can be discovered using the transit method. Put your science investigation skills to the test and see if you can identify distant alien worlds using transit light curves.

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    Preparing to meteor-gaze

    • 18:00-21:00 (drop-in)
    • National Space Centre

    Join our Space Communications team to find out how to prepare for a meteor shower observation session. Find out what meteors our, what kit you need and how to maximise you chances of spotting them.

  1. LAS


    • 18:00 - 21:00 (drop-in)

    Meet the Leicester Astronomical Society to find out more about stargazing and to look through their telescopes.

    *weather permitting

About Space Lates

All talks and activities are aimed at adults and families interested in science.
Children are welcome; however, parents/guardians need to decide if children are happy to attend accessible and engaging 30-minute talks.

You are free to explore our galleries throughout the night.
Please note that the Rocket Tower and Tetrastar Spaceport will not be open.

Hot food can be pre-ordered when purchasing your ticket.
Our café will be open throughout the evening.

Space Lates FAQs

No, this is an additional evening event that is exempt from the FREE Annual Pass upgrade offer.

This event is suitable for adults and families with an interest in space.

There are 400 free car parking spaces available on site. We are happy to call taxis for people and there is a bus stop to the 54 route within a 6 minute walk of the Centre.

Food and drink will not be allowed to be brought onto the premises

The National Space Centre – [email protected]

No, tickets are non transferable or refundable.

No, once a ticket is purchased no changes can be made.

Either a printed ticket, or a ticket on your phone or tablet (we like the non-printing option, it is better for the planet).

All tickets are non-refundable.

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