360-degree planetarium experience on offer at Lynton Town Hall on October 23 plus events right across Exmoor

One of the Space Odyessey planetarium domes.One of the Space Odyessey planetarium domes.

Experience the marvels of the skies at Lynton this half term as part of the Exmoor Dark Skies Festival.

A mobile planetarium will be coming to Lynton Town Hall on Monday, October 23 as part of Exmoor National Park’s first ever festival celebrating the night sky.

Exmoor was designated an International Dark Sky Reserve in 2011 and the planetarium sessions from Space Odyssey offer an indoor accompaniment to star-gazing.

They give a 360-degree space learning experience with images, movies and sophisticated computer simulations are projected throughout an inflatable dome to create a breathtakingly immersive experience.

Every session will be led by Simon Ould, an experienced science teacher and Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.

He said: “Adults and children are often blown-away by an experience in our dome. I’m delighted to be bringing our 6.5 metre Voyager dome to Exmoor as part of the Dark Skies Festival.

“For many children a session in the dome introduces them to the wider world, solar system and the universe for the first time. It really is unforgettable and can impact a child’s understanding for the rest of their life.”

The sessions run from 2pm and there is also a Stargazing Evening and talk with Seb Jay at 7pm, plus various events right across Exmoor.

Visit www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/darkskiesfestival for more details, session times and booking. Alternatively call the Lynmouth National Park Centre on 01598 752509 (open seven days).