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As part of the United Nations’ World Space Week, North Ayrshire Foodbanks will be hosting a special 2-day event at the Ardrossan Church of the Nazarene.

The event is designed to inspire communities and individuals to reach for the stars, and a number of guest speakers will give presentations on that theme.

Sophie Gribben who successfully secured a place on Strathclyde University’s Scottish Space School, will talk about her time at NASA.

Martin Hendry, Professor of Gravitational Astrophysics and Cosmology at Glasgow University will show movie clips demonstrating the use of scientific theories in science fiction movies.

Astronomer Royal for Scotland, Professor John C. Brown will talk about the role played by Scottish astronomers in charting the night skies, including the work of Brisbane and Kelvin—influential giants in the world of Astronomy.

Cosmos Planetarium, the mobile planetarium people will be using state-of-the-art technology to give visitors a view of the night sky and space. One of their sessions will describe astronaut Tim Peake’s time aboard the International Space Station. Planetarium sessions last 30 minutes and run from 10.00am until 3.30pm. Audience numbers are limited to a maximum of 25 people per session so please book to avoid disappointment for this one day event.

There will be range of workshops throughout the day including: virtual reality headsets, meteorites, creating craters, Mars Rover landing game, dressing-up in spacesuits, and bottle rocket decorating followed by firing them into the skies.

The organisers will be running two competitions during the day and prizes include a signed book series from Keith Mansfield and space suits for children (6-8 and 8+).

Friday 6th October
Mobile planetarium: visiting Winton Primary School for the day
18:00 to 21:00 Film at the Mobile Cinema: Apollo 13 (PG)
Saturday 7th October
12:00  Sophie Gribben, Space Cadet
13:00  Professor Hendry, Einstein Goes to Hollywood
14:30  Professor Brown, Scottish Astronomy: from Ayrshire to NASA
16:00  Ask the Panel: Q&A Session with the experts
10:00 – 16:00  Planetarium: Six shows throughout the day (booking advised – see below)
10:00 – 16:00  Space themed workshops throughout the day
18:00 to 21:00  Sci-Fi movie at the Mobile Cinema: Treasure Planet (U)

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Please note: Only the planetarium requires to be booked. Due to time constraints each session will start on the hour or half hour. Ticket holders are requested to be queued 5 minutes before their allocated time slot. There is no planetarium session at 1.00pm to allow the presenters to have a lunch break. The workshops and speaker sessions are open on a drop-in basis. Turn up and enjoy.

The Mobile Cinema aspires to offer a low cost cinematic experience while also raising funds for the food bank’s child anti-hunger work during school holidays.

Click here to book the planetarium show