Planetarium show tells story of the solar system discovery at Newcastle Life Science Centre

By Culture24 Staff | 05 July 2011
An image of a colourful cartoon of a giant girl and a dwarf sitting on a picnic blanket on grass
Event: On the Shoulders of Giants, Planetarium, Life Science Centre, Newcastle, from July 22 2011

Isaac Newton’s famous quote about standing on the shoulders of giants – a reference to the need for scientists to build on the expertise already accumulated by their peers – is brought to life in a sparkling new planetarium show at Life starring the adventures of a giant girl carrying a dwarf.

Created by an in-house team at the centre, it uses a conversation between the pair to explain how mankind first noted the correlation between the changing of the seasons and the movements of the sun and stars, leading to the eventual realisation that the earth was round and orbited the sun.

A cartoon of a giant girl talking to a tiny man
Edinburgh-based illustrator Carmen Moran lends graphic beauty to the show
“We’re lucky to have the region’s largest planetarium,” says Director Ian Simmons.

“Our role is to use it to its maximum potential, and I think we are doing just that.

“We create most of the star shows for the planetarium ourselves, and they’ve all been really successful thanks to the skills and creativity of our in-house team.”

The designers aren’t afraid to get stuck in – Head of Marketing Julia Hankin has voiced the giant, and Head of Education Noel Jackson moonlights as the dwarf in a blockbuster which finds space for models of the night sky above cartoonish illustrations by Edinburgh artist Carmen Moran.

Screenings are part of a rolling programme accompanied by another presentation, Naughty Monsters in the Sky.

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