Space Lates 2022: Backyard Astronomy

Learn how you can get into astronomy at the National Space Centre’s first Space Lates of 2022, 18:00-21:00, 14 January 2022.

Over the past two years stargazing and astronomy has become an increasingly popular hobby for many stuck at home and now Space Lates – Backyard Astronomy will introduce beginners and experts alike to the Centre’s top tips for simple garden viewing, the equipment to use, what to look for and how to photograph the night sky.

The Centre has curated a special evening packed with guest speakers, interactive workshops, planetarium shows, stargazing, and live demos. Explore the galleries after-hours and finish your evening with a live astronomy session with Leicester Astronomical Society (weather permitting).

This is an Evening Event – Annual Passes are not valid and a Space Lates ticket must be purchased in advance.

Guest Talks

Pete Lawrence, BBC Sky at Night – An Introduction to Astronomical Photography

Pete has presented an observing section on the long running BBC Sky at Night television programme since 2004. Pete is highly regarded in the world of astrophotography and is one of 18 recipients of the Davies Medal awarded by the Royal Photographic Society for significant contribution in the digital field of imaging science.

Hayley Flood, National Space Academy – What’s in the Night Sky

Following the success of our monthly online What’s in the Night Sky series, join Hayley, a Lead Educator with the National Space Academy, for a live tour of the night sky. She will highlight what you can see right now.


  • Tour of the Winter Night Sky: Head to the UK’s largest planetarium for a special astronomy photography-led tour of the night sky using images from this year’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition.
  • Stargazing: Join the night sky experts from the Leicester Astronomical Society for a session of star gazing*.
  • Glow in the Dark Art: Create your own glow in the dark, galaxy piece of art.
  • Constellation Model Making: Create 3D models of different constellations to understand the vast distances between the stars.
  • Meteorites under the Microscope: Find out about some of the oldest rocks from space, take a look under the microscope and hold a piece of space history.


You can now book dinner in advance and SAVE money. The Centre has introduced several packages for those coming straight from work, or who would like something hot to eat on the night, including nachos, soup and hot dogs.


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