2014 ROE Open Days

Picture of 2014 Open Day Flyer

One Comet and a Billion Stars

Sat 27th & Sun 28th Sept
10am - 5pm
Last entry to the site 4.30pm

The theme this year is inspired by the Rosetta Mission that has reached Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and the Gaia mission. Gaia's mission is to produce an astronomical catalogue and data archive of unprecedented scope, accuracy and completeness.

Open Days Flyer 2014 [PDF/154 KB]

Please note that activities are designed for children aged 8 years and upwards.

BSL/English interpreters will be on-site.

All children aged 16 years and under must be accompanied by an adult. Parking will be very limited at the site on the day and therefore it is advisable to leave your car behind if possible.

Free admission, no booking necessary

Events Timetable

Starlab Planetarium Shows

Wonder at the night sky above you!

There will be planetarium shows throughout the course of the weekend. They will be ticketed and will be at the following times:


Tickets will be available from the library. Tickets for the shows before 1:30pm will be available from 10am, and for the shows after 1:30pm they will be available from 12:30pm. Tickets will be issued on a first come first served basis and there will be a maximum of 5 given to any one person.

All Starlab Shows will be BSL interpreted

Comet Making Shows

Come and see what ingredients make up a comet! Shows will be at:


No need to book for these shows. All these shows will be BSL interpreted.


A multi-media exploration of the Cosmos

Andy Lawrence (Regius Professor of Astronomy) and Matt Giannotti (New York/Edinburgh composer) get us lost in space using pictures, video, music, voice, and interactive technology. The first half of the event will involve interactive displays exploring the immensity of the Milky Way, galaxy collisions, and the relation between musical pitch, colour, and the temperatures of the stars. The second half will be a presentation exploring the violence of the universe and the fragility of our place within it.

The event will last 40 minutes and shows will be at:


Tickets will be available from the canteen and entrance to the show will be by the library.

Go behind the scenes and learn about the work of The Institute for Astronomy, The Royal Observatory Visitors Centre and The UK Astronomy Technology Centre.

The ROE Open Days are part of the Edinburgh Doors Open Day, organised by the Cockburn Association.