Please Note: The University Occupational Health and Safety has not granted the Planetarium permission to open for schools until further notice.
In the Planetarium ...
... the lights dim slowly, as the stars appear like magic above you. You are about to go on a trip of exploration, to the planets, stars and galaxies of our Universe.
The Planetarium offers educational shows in an exciting setting. Each show lasts approximately one hour. Experienced staff are on hand to answer questions about astronomy.
To organise an outing for your class, please call one of the numbers below. Please note: it is essential to book before visiting.
We are on the Wits University campus, off Yale Road in Milner Park. Bus parking is available on campus next to the Planetarium.
Admission charges: R25 per person, with free entry for one teacher per 20 students. Payment can be made by Cash, EFT, debit/Credit Card (Visa/ Master Card). No cheques accepted.
Shows are about one hour long, and run Tuesday through Friday by appointment (= you need to book).
For more information, or to make a booking: (011) 717-1394 (Mon - Fri, 7am to 1pm) or e-mail us bookings[at]planetarium.co.za
- your name and contact details,
- some idea of the date and time you would like to visit,
- name and contact details of the school: phone, fax, PO Box,
- grade of the learners, and number of learners (min. 35) and educators in the group,
- cellphone numbers of three accompanying adults.
In this pre-recorded show we travel with Thomas the astronomer in his "giant rocket" to the game reserve where we learn about:
- thee constellations,
- Travel to the moon, and on the way learn about moon phases and tides, see what the Apollo astronauts did on the moon,
- and briefly visit the planets.
The Secret of the Cardboard Rocket
Experience the wonders of the solar system as we travel on an imaginary journey to all the planets. Fly over Venus, land on the Moon and Mars in our cardboard rocket. There is a short introduction to the current night sky of your visit.
The Solar System
In this live presentation we take a look at our Solar System: the Sun, planets, comets and asteroids.
- motions of the Earth and the effects - day & night, Moon phases;
- constellations of the night of your visit;
- the latest from interplanetary space-craft that are now exploring our family of planets.