Visit to the SUN at St, Magnus Cathedral

The SUN is Orkney Bound

Working in collaboration with University of Central Lancashire, the Sun is coming to Orkney – to the heart of the islands in St Magnus Cathedral, during this year’s Science Festival (7-13 Sept) and will be powered by green hydrogen from Orkney’s wind, wave and tidal industry.

SUN is an awe-inspiring 3D recreation of the Sun created by public artist Alex Rinsler and Robert Walsh, Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Central Lancashire. The six-meter diameter light artwork presents data from NASA’s Solar Dynamic Observatory in 360° with smoke effects to mimic the outer atmosphere of our closest star. Visitors will witness ten weeks of the Sun’s life in 12 minutes as it cycles through temperatures ranging from 4,500 to 10 million degrees.

We are able to offer school groups an opportunity to visit the SUN Installation during the Festival period. The visits will be scheduled every hour on weekdays, between 10am and 3pm). We will provide special (FREE) packages to schools, especially from outer islands of Orkney and areas of high deprivation, to visit the SUN and subsidies will be available to cover travel costs to the venue. Booking required!

Please complete the following booking form:  Alternatively, please email your enquiries with the following information to and a member of staff will be in touch:

Name of School

Class(es) and number of pupils (for each session)

Preferred date/time and list alternative date(s)/time(s) in order of preference.

Teacher name and contact details (email and phone)

This offer has been made possible through generous support from:

Capture the sun’s energy at your school
Primary School Programme


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