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“Nothing you couldnt do in your own home.”

Southend Planetarium
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Housed inside Southend Central Museum the Planetarium operates daily in holiday times and on weekends through term time. Look out for special sessions through the holidays too, such as Space Plus and Stories in the Sky.
Reviewed December 30, 2013

Essentially a small room with a dome ceiling.

The lights get turned off, the globe is turned on to show the stars on the roof (paint a light-bulb black and scratch spots to get the same effect). Then for the next hour, someone will talk about some of the constellations and other objects in the sky, along with a few Greek myths.

This is something that was built in the 50's or 60's and hasn't been updated or upgraded since. On their site they show fabulous pictures of star systems, galaxies, and planets but you see none of this when you're there (false advertising?).

Oh I forgot the also have an old projector I think.

I've been to the planetarium in New York, that was cool, this was naff at best.

3  Thank James M
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

The planetarium in Southend is small but excellent. there is a circle of seats one row deep around the base of the globe and it is easy to ask questions throughout the show. The person in charge is knowledgeable, enthusiastic and has a very good manner with children. I cant recommend this experience highly enough.

2  Thank GirdleTheEarth
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