As part of the school's British Science Week activities, on Thursday 12th March we were treated to an experience in a mobile planetarium. In the morning, children from local primary schools came to be inspired by a wonderful display of stars and guided through some of NASA’s most famous missions, notably Apollo 11. They also had a general discussion about the future of space travel, including the exciting upcoming Artemis mission.

However, the most interesting session for us was the Sixth Form experience in the afternoon. We learnt about the lifecycle of stars in great detail, from the birth of a star in a nebula to the implosion and explosion of stars at their deaths. The session concluded with a display of the constellations in the night sky around this time of year and the most unique astronomical bodies were highlighted, such as Betelgeuse in the constellation Orion, Sirius in Canis Major, and the planet Venus which is unusually bright for a planet. All in all, it was an incredible experience which we all took something away from.

Elisabeth (Year 13)