UK’s largest planetarium opens

Author and amateur astronomer Terry Pratchett is to open the UK’s largest planetarium at Winchester’s interactive science and technology centre INTECH


Author and amateur astronomer Terry Pratchett will open the UK’s largest planetarium at Winchester’s interactive science and technology centre INTECH tomorrow, 19 March.


The 176-seat digital planetarium is expected to significantly boost the numbers of visitors to INTECH, an educational charity for inspiring and educating people in science and technology.


The South East England Development Agency (SEEDA) provided £650,000 in funding to help INTECH convert its auditorium through STEM, the government’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics initiative geared towards creating a pool of scientists, engineers and technologists for the future.


Prof Bill Wakeham, SEEDA board member and vice-chancellor of Southampton University said: ‘Our funding is in recognition of the education value the facility will have for schools as studying the solar system in primary schools is required by the National Curriculum and the universe is taught in secondary schools. We believe that developing a planetarium at INTECH, is an excellent way of encouraging a far greater number of students to continue studying science, engineering and mathematics subjects across the south east and beyond.’



Global Immersion, based in Burgess Hill, West Sussex, undertook the design and installation of the planetarium, which features a giant screen 16.5m in diameter.