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Giants of the Solar System


Sun 12 July 2020


All Day


Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune are the largest planets in the solar system; they are known as the Gas Giants.

However, these are not just balls of Gas as their name suggests. They are the guardians of the Solar System, protecting the inner planets from potentially life threatening collisions with space debris.

Join us in the planetarium as we find out the true nature of these Giants.

Explore the solar system as we move beyond the asteroid belt to the domain of the Gas Giants. Investigate the planets’ make up, from the helium we use in balloons to the methane we use as natural gas fuel in our homes. Discover the giant that spins on its side and plunges its poles into 42 years of darkness.

Experience the weather as we look at storms that have raged for hundreds of years, diamond rain and dangerous magnetic fields. Find out what becomes of the material these giants protect us from as you view the many rings and moons that surround them. Find out why we are so interested in these moons and what secrets they may be hiding from potential life to 8km high geyser eruptions, and see what lies ahead for future exploration of these planets.

Additional information

  • Suitable for ages 7+.
  • Duration: 25 minutes.
  • £1.50 per person in addition to entry to Techniquest. Annual Pass holders are entitled to a complimentary planetarium show on each visit.
  • Please note: unfortunately, wheelchairs cannot be accommodated in our Planetarium.

Find us

  Techniquest, Stuart Street, Cardiff, CF10 5BW

Contact us

  029 2047 5475

Opening hours

  During local school holidays
10.00am–5.00pm Bank Holidays, seven days a week.

  School term
9.30am–4.30pm Tuesday–Friday;
10.00am–5.00pm Saturday and Sunday.

Charity & company

  Registered charity no. 517722
  Registered in Wales no. 01955696

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  •   What is Techniquest?

    Techniquest is an educational charity, with a science centre in Cardiff Bay. Our mission is to embed science in Welsh culture through interactive engagement. We provide a range of services to schools and teachers to complement formal education provision in Wales and work extensively with public audiences.

  •   Where can I park?

    We are pleased to be able to offer all of our visitors discounted parking with Q-Park, our preferred parking partner.

    The Q-Park operates the Cardiff Bay car park in Pierhead Street which is around 8 minutes walk from Techniquest.

    We have agreed a special discount rate for our customers of 15% off all pre-bookings.
    Pre-book and guarantee your space here using the code TECHNI15.

    There are also nearby pay-and-display car parks on Stuart Street and Havannah Street. Please do not park on Havannah Street itself.

  •   Who is it for?

    Techniquest is suitable for all ages! We do have special events for certain groups, however — see Toddler Days, After Hours and Home Educator days.

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