Discover the wonders of space at Astrocampus events

This story was published 12 July 2019

From an inflatable planetarium to meteor making sessions, the mysteries of space travel are being brought closer to home at Northallerton and Selby libraries.

Inside the inflatable planetarium

The University of York’s Astrocampus will touch down at Northallerton library on Wednesday, 7 August, and at Selby library on Monday, 12 August.

The events coincide with the libraries’ annual Summer Reading Challenge. This year’s theme is Space Chase, inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.

Northallerton library is offering visitors the chance to explore the wonders of space in the Cosmodome, an inflatable planetarium. It will explain the stories behind constellations, take a tour of the night skies, fly past planets and discover why stars explode.

Visitors to Selby library can handle a meteorite from space, create a meteor or mini rocket, learn how a telescope works and play with a plasma ball. There will also be a chance to use special glasses to explore what stars are made of and make a bracelet which shows the invisible light coming from the sun.

North Yorkshire County Councillor Greg White, Executive Member for Libraries, said: “We are delighted to be teaming up with the University of York’s Astrocampus to bring these exciting space themed activities to Northallerton and Selby libraries. Held during the summer holidays, the sessions coincide with the Summer Reading Challenge. This is always a popular scheme, with almost 10,000 children in North Yorkshire taking part last year. We hope these hands-on sessions draw even more people to the libraries.” 

The Cosmodome shows at Northallerton library will run every half hour from 10.30am to 2.30pm and tickets cost £1. To book a place, contact the library. 

The free drop-in space themed activities will be held at Selby library from 2pm to 4pm. Both events are suitable for all ages but children must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, contact the relevant library. Find out more about University of York’s Astrocampus.