About the Royal Astronomical Society

To celebrate their 200th anniversary, the Royal Astronomical Society funded six projects to create a buzz around astronomy and geophysics. The National Autistic Society gained funding so we could help make these projects accessible to people on the autism spectrum.

These projects run over the next four years and we will update this page with more information on each project as they progress.

Care for Carers (Scotland)

Stepping Out is a programme of activities, short and residential breaks for carers, based around astronomy, geophysics, planetary science and space science. Events range from daytime workshops to night-time stargazing, from central Edinburgh to the Inner Hebrides. If you are curious about the vast universe, then this is the programme for you.

For course details and to apply click here.

The Princes Trust

The Stars and Space project builds astronomy and space science into activities run for young people. Thousands take part in residential wilderness expeditions and, for many of them, it’s their first overnight trip out of urban areas. This makes it an exciting opportunity for them to enjoy learning about stars and space.

The Prince’s Trust will also develop a week-long, astronomy themed Get Started course to inspire young people, and boost their skills and confidence to move into education, training or employment.

For more information click here.

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Open your Eyes, Look Up to the Sky…! is a project that challenges and changes approaches to science using people’s innate interest in astronomy to make science attractive and relevant to everyone. The Workers’ Educational Association aims for this project to be fun, fascinating and to provide an astronomical and geophysics-based programme for adults. This project starts in the North West, before becoming available nationally.


National Space Centre       
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The Planets 360 uses music to engage audiences in science, through a spectacular, full-dome, immersive planetarium show. The innovative presentation, fusing science, arts and music, will introduce those interested in music to modern science information that they may not otherwise discover. It is also hoped that the music-led approach may also support different types of learning among children and adults.




Astronomy & Geophysics and the Traditional Culture of Wales

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This programme brings astronomy and geophysics into the National Eisteddfod of Wales, and youth festival the Urdd National Eisteddfod. This project introduces astronomy and geophysics as themes for competitions, compositions and performances, including a live – and lively – competition between teams of poets.