The days are getting colder and the nights are drawing in... Yes, October has arrived and Autumn is in full swing! And that can only mean one thing – half term holidays!!
We are so excited to welcome you all to Dynamic Earth for some family fun this October & November, and with so many events over the coming weeks, you’re guaranteed to find something exciting happening no matter when you visit! We are also extending our opening hours and will be here 7 days a week from 7 October to 7 November. There’s really no excuse not to book your next family day out to Dynamic Earth!
We have a jam-packed schedule coming up, just take a look at everything we’ve got going on...
Destination Space -
We are blasting off to explore the secrets of our universe this half-term, with our awesome “Destination Space” programme. We’ll have a whole host of fun, family drop-in activities running every day from 10am-4pm and best of all, they are free with admission to Dynamic Earth!
The James Webb Space telescope will be launching soon, so why not come along and discover more about how scientists will now be able look into the farthest reaches of our universe using infrared light, invisible to humans... Get up close to a life-sized mirror that the telescope will use to gather this light, and learn how Webb will be launched by folding up these giant mirrors. You can even create and send a good luck postcard for the telescope’s launch, design and ‘launch’ your very own space rocket or get involved with some exciting experiments using infrared to discover how this amazing telescope can see through clouds of space dust to see the births and deaths of super-massive stars.
Gaia is a touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram and is a huge, spectacular 3-dimensional sculpture of planet Earth which will be floating majestically in the main entrance area of Dynamic Earth this month, marking its first appearance in Edinburgh.
Measuring seven metres in diameter and created from 120 dpi detailed NASA imagery of the Earth's surface, the artwork provides an amazing opportunity for visitors to see our planet from all angles, floating in three dimensions.
The installation aims to create a sense of the Overview Effect, which was first described by author Frank White in 1987. We hope that by experiencing views of Planet Earth is such a way, it will inspire our visitors and create a feeling of awe for the planet, giving a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment.
Planetarium Nights -
Why not come and enjoy Gaia by starlight with a relaxing drink before taking in one of our magnificent evening Planetarium shows? We are super excited to bring you a very special extended version of our presenter-led show, “You Are Here” - and as an added bonus, you will also have the opportunity to talk to one of our resident astronomers afterwards and ask them anything you like about space & beyond... We will also be showing Planets 360, a musical re-imagining of British composer Gustav Holst's The Planets orchestral suite - fusing art, music and science into a 360-degree spectacle! Tickets are available for various dates through out the month, and the bar will be open throughout the night - so you can sit back, relax, and experience our Planetarium like never before...
Please note: We have an 8+ age limit on our Planetarium Evening Shows
Find your inner zen and come join us for an hour of relaxing yoga in a totally unique and awe-inspiring location - under Gaia, a huge 7-metre scale model of Earth! The artwork is 1.8 million times smaller than the real Earth, but each centimetre of the internally lit sculpture captures the beauty of 18km of the Earth’s surface. Try contemplating that whilst you're trying to balance on three toes!
Tickets are available on the 24th and 31st October and the sessions are suitable for all levels of experience. Doors open at 8.15 am, with the class beginning at 8.30 am and running for one hour. Remember to bring your own yoga mat and ensure that you wear suitable comfortable clothing!
Climate Science Showcase - 6 November 2021
COP26, the globally significant climate change conference is happening right here in Scotland this November, and to celebrate, Dynamic Earth is hosting our very own Climate Science Showcase Day. This event is running as part of Dynamic Earth’s “Operation Earth” programme, which is a national STEM engagement scheme, connecting families with school aged children to the Natural Environment Research Council’s world-leading environmental science research.
On Saturday 6th November, you can come along and meet the scientists who are studying our changing climate and its effects on the planet, all the way from the bottom of the ocean right up to the air in our atmosphere. This is a unique opportunity for you to ask climate scientists anything you ever wanted to know about the climate crisis and the COP26 conference. The Showcase will run from 10am to 4pm, and visitors can drop-in to this free event any time – no booking is required.
Guests can take part in fun, interactive activities and discover more about the cutting-edge technology we use to explore our amazing planet, such as deep-sea landers and underwater robots. And with the Showcase’s stunning setting under our visiting art installation, Gaia, you will really get to appreciate our world from all angles! We hope you will leave feeling more informed and inspired about the climate crisis and ways that you too can do your bit to help our planet.
Check out our extensive ‘What’s On’ Guide to find out everything you need to know about all of the awesome Autumn activities we have coming up & book your space for ticketed events - we can’t wait to welcome you!