Today we join ‘Stellarium’ participating school, Derby High School, Bury, for their once in a lifetime opportunity to speak directly to ESA – European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake, aboard the ISS.

Derby High School are one of three Greater Manchester schools involved in our Stellarium project, communicating astrophysics via dance with a particular focus on our sun and how stars are formed. Stellarium includes schools groups Derby High School, Bury, Falinge Park High School, Rochdale & Wright Robinson, East Manchester. Information on the science behind star formation and the Sun have been provided by Dr Rowan Smith, Norman Lockyer Fellow at Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, which is part of the University of Manchester and by Dr Helen Mason of The University of Cambridge. This information is supporting choreography by Bridget Fiske which will support the 3 groups to come together in performances at:


  • Manchester Day, June 19th
  • Great Shared Science event at Manchester Town Hall and at Museum of Science and Industry, July 6th
  • Signatures sited youth dance trail, at the Lowry – as part of U.Dance National Youth Dance Festival, July 10th
  • performance at Manchester Central 2, July 24th or 25th (tbc)


Stellarium is a partnership project between the Fascinate Hub at University of Manchester and Dance Manchester.