South Downs Planetarium and Science Centre

South Downs Planetarium and Science Centre
Sir Patrick Moore Building
Kingsham Farm
Kingsham Road
Chichester
West Sussex
PO19 8RP
England

Website

www.southdowns.org.uk

E-mail

Registered Office

sdownsplanet@btconnect.com

Telephone

Registered Office

01243 774400

Ticket Hotline

07818 297292

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At last, after years of planning, fund-raising and hard work, the South Downs Planetarium is a reality. It will be one of the largest planetaria in the British Isles, and it will be a properly scientific planetarium, not a peep-show. All the same, I have come across one or two people who say "Why create an artificial sky when the real one is there for our inspection?"

There are quite a number of reasons - and one stands out at once. The real sky is not always available for inspection. We have better weather here than anywhere else in Britain (which, remember, is why King George V went to Bognor when he was recuperating, even if he did make that unfortunate remark about it!). But the skies are very often cloudy, even here, and usually clouds roll up at the wrong moment, making observers miss some unusual and important celestial event. In the planetarium, we can have clouds or not, as we wish!

Venue Type:

Museum, Science centre

Opening hours

The Planetarium is an educational charity managed and staffed by volunteers and enthusiasts. It operates throughout the year, but is not open every day.

Members of the public are welcome to visit the Planetarium at the public show times listed on the website.

Visits by schools, youth groups, clubs and societies may be scheduled for any time. Pre-booking essential.

Admission charges

Adults: £6.00
Under 16s: £4
Discounts available for schools and youth groups, depending on group size.

Additional info

Our library is open to the public by appointment only. Call for further information.

Collection details

Natural Sciences, Science and Technology

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Full Moon

Summertime Stars, Moon and Planets

  • 3 August 2014 3:30-4:30pm
  • 17 August 2014 3:30-4:30pm
  • 31 August 2014 3:30-4:30pm

On late spring and summer evenings - if the skies are clear - we can see some familiar star patterns, including the great bear, Leo, (the lion), Virgo, (the maiden), Scorpius, (the scorpion), and many others. Come to the planetarium for a breathtaking tour of the night sky and to find out more about what there is to be seen on clear evenings in late spring and summer. Please arrive early to allow your eyes to adjust.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 18+

Admission

£6.00 for adults, or £4.00 for children under 16. Booking advised.

Website

http://www.southdowns.org.uk/Events.html

COBE's View of the Milky Way

Our Galaxy, The Milky Way

  • 6 August 2014 3:30-4:30pm

Studded with fabulous star clusters and beautiful, multi-coloured clouds of gas streaked with dust, the faintly glowing band of the Milky Way arches almost overhead from horizon to horizon at this time of year. Come to the Planetarium for an exciting journey through our Galaxy to see at first hand the wonder of new stars being born,
planetary systems in the making, the growing pains of young stars, and the entrails of an exploded star. Travel to the Galactic Centre where, hidden behind dark clouds, a massive black hole may lurk unseen.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 18+

Admission

£6.00 for adults, or £4.00 for children under 16.

Website

http://www.southdowns.org.uk/galaxy.html

STS-49 Launch

Prepare For Blast-Off!

  • 21 August 2014 3:30-4:30pm

What are some of the problems of living and working on a space station in Earth orbit? How might we one day take weekend trips into space? What would it be like to live in a base on Mars? Come aboard our imaginary spacecraft for a memorable journey into the Cosmos! Please arrive early to allow our eyes to adjust.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 18+

Admission

£6.00 for adults, or £4.00 for children under 16.

Website

http://www.southdowns.org.uk/blastoff.html

Venus transit

All Aboard! A Tour of the Planets

  • 25 August 2014 1:30-2:30pm

Explore our planetary neighbours. From hot little Mercury, closest planet to the Sun, past cloud-covered Venus, beautiful blue Earth and red Mars we head for the outer planets. Through the rocky reaches of the asteroid belt beyond Mars, we speed pass giant Jupiter, Saturn with its beautiful rings, blue-green Uranus and on to deep blue Neptune, last of the giant planets. Beyond lie the icy dwarfs of the Kuiper Belt - worlds like Pluto and Eris. Fasten your seat belts for the trip of a lifetime...Please arrive early for your eyes to adjust.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 11-13
  • 16-17

Admission

Public shows: £6.00 for adults, or £4.00 for children under 16.

Website

http://www.southdowns.org.uk/Events.html

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