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Mobile Planetarium Frequently Asked Questions

What is a mobile planetarium?

Wonder Dome’s mobile planetarium is a portable planetarium that travels to schools and gives learners a unique experience to understand what it is like to travel beyond Earth.

For each year group, we offer age appropriate presenter-led shows, which meet the curriculum topic requirements. The shows can also be adapted to your topic requirement.


How big is the dome / mobile planetarium?

The height of the dome is 3.5 metres and covers an area of 6 meters x 7 meters and can fit perfectly into most school halls. It can accommodate up to 30 children.


How long does it take to set up and take down the mobile planetarium?


It takes  45 minutes to set up the portable planetarium and 30 mins to take it down.


Who can hire the mobile planetarium?

The portable planetarium is predominantly a mobile planetarium for schools. We are able to adapt our shows for learners with special educational needs. We have a range of shows to meet the needs of all learners including specific shows for Reception, KS1, KS2 and KS3.


What areas does your mobile planetarium cover?

Sheffield Planetarium  -   Rotherham Planetarium  - Chesterfield Planetarium  

Manchester Planetarium   -   Greater Manchester Planetarium

Leeds Planetarium   -   York Planetarium   -   Derby Planetarium   -   Barnsley Planetarium   - Doncaster Planetarium   -   Leicester Planetarium   - Derbyshire Planetarium


How do we book your mobile planetarium?

To book our mobile planetarium for your school you can email or telephone 0114 3290089


What does the school / venue need to provide?

Solid floor area of 7m x 7m and minimum of 4m ceiling height

Accessible power sockets

A member of staff to supervise at all times


What are your payment terms?

No deposit is required. The invoice will be sent to your school following the successful delivery of the shows.


What if I need to cancel the booking?

You may cancel a booking free of charge 48 hours or more prior to a booking.

Bookings cancelled under 48 hours prior to a booking will be charged 50% of the total cost.

Bookings cancelled under 24 hours prior to a booking will be charged 100% of the total cost.


What if Wonder Dome cancels a booking?

It will be extremely rare for Wonder Dome to cancel a booking. However, reasons for cancellation could include staff illness, extreme weather, road closures or other unforeseen circumstances. Wonder Dome will make every effort to attend a booking and will keep the school informed of any potential problems as soon as possible via phone or email. It is advisable to provide Wonder Dome with an emergency mobile number should a problem arise.