The Observatory Science Centre

Day and night at The Observatory Science Centre
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The Observatory Science Centre is one of the UK's leading science centres. Explore science, space and astronomy with over 100 exhibits, both inside and out, amongst the domes and telescopes of a world-famous astronomical observatory.

Venue Type:

Science centre

Opening hours

The Centre is open every day from Saturday 31st January to Sunday 29th November 2015.
PLUS January weekends: 17th / 18th and 24th / 25th and December weekends: 5th / 6th and 12th / 13th

Admission charges

Adult (with gift aid) £8.80 (without gift aid) £8.00
Child (4-16 yrs) (with gift aid) £6.80 (without gift aid) £6.15
Senior (with gift aid) £7.10 (without gift aid) £6.45
Family of 4 (with gift aid) £27.75 (without gift aid) £25.20. Maximum 2 Adults
2 adults + 2 children or 1 adult + 3 children
Family of 5 (with gift aid) £31.60 (without gift aid) £28.70. Maximum 2 Adults
2 adults + 3 children or 1 adult + 4 children

Collection details

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.
Across the pond at night

Observatory Open Evening

  • 6 February 2016 6:30-11pm *on now
  • 20 February 2016 6:30-11pm
  • 5 March 2016 6:30am-11pm
  • 19 March 2016 6:30-11pm

Are you interested in the night sky? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to look at the stars, planets and the moon through some of the country's largest telescopes? Well here is your opportunity! Come and join us on our open evenings and take a glimpse of what it would have been like to use these amazing instruments.

Viewing is subject to weather conditions. Please check the local weather before embarking on a long journey.

Please note that some of the telescopes used on open evenings are not available to the public during the day and are only accessible by narrow steep stairs - if you have mobility issues please contact the centre for further details if required. The Centre is also unsuitable for prams and pushchairs during Open Evenings.

WARNING! Our site is very dark and we keep lighting to a minimum to preserve night vision and make sure you have the best possible experience in terms of viewing the night sky. There are high walkways, ramps and steps throughout the Centre PLEASE BRING A TORCH and wear sensible footwear. However, we strongly encourage people not to use white light torches especially in the domes as this destroys night vision, therefore we would ask you to use red light torches if you have one (red light torches can be purchased in our shop). We also recommend warm clothing.

PLEASE NOTE: DO NOT bring laser pointers into The Centre. Our staff and volunteers do use laser pointers as teaching aids but they adhere to strict rules and regulations about their use within The Centre and therefore they are controlled. Laser pointers can be dangerous especially if misused.

Times: 6.30pm - 11pm

23rd January - Open Evening: £5 special offer to welcome in the New Year
6th February - Open Evening
20th February - Open Evening
5th March - Open Evening
19th March - Open Evening

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Child (4-16years):£6.15, Adult: £8, Senior: £6.45, Family of 4 £25.20, Family of 5 £28.70, Members: Free, Carers (ID required): Free

Website

http://www.the-observatory.org/

A picture of the Centre across the pond at night

Further Astronomy Course

  • 8 February 2016 7:30-9:30pm
  • 22 February 2016 7:30-9:30pm
  • 29 February 2016 7:30-9:30pm
  • 7 March 2016 7:30-9:30pm
  • 14 March 2016 7:30-9:30pm

A six week course for intermediates at the Observatory Science Centre

This six-week course builds on the basic foundation provided by introductory courses and aims to provide a good overview of modern astronomy and astrophysics.

The course will discuss how modern science is applied to developing our understanding of a wide range of astronomical objects and other, more exotic astrophysical phenomena, and how these fit together into processes currently believed to be operating in the Universe.

No previous science or maths knowledge is required but some familiarity with basic astronomy is assumed.

Course lecturer: William Joyce

Admission

Time 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Dates February 1st, 8th, 22nd, 29th, March 7th & 14th (Mondays)
Cost £80 per person



PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE WILL BE NO LECTURE ON THE 15th FEBRUARY (half term holidays)

Website

http://www.the-observatory.org/astronomy-courses#furtherastronomy

Attendees using their telescopes during the course

Telescope Clinic Course at the Observatory Science Centre

  • 13 February 2016 2-8pm
  • 12 November 2016 2-8pm

Do you have a telescope but dont really know how to use it properly and need some friendly advice? Have you just been given a telescope as a present or is one still sitting in its box gathering dust and you would like to learn how to use it? Well this is the course for you!

Our local Astronomy Society (Wealden Astronomical Society) will be able to guide you through your telescope and help you set it up ready to begin your observations. The day will begin with an introduction about telescopes, the terminology used and the parts that make up the telescope and how they work. This will be followed by small group sessions when you get really hands-on. The early evening will be dedicated to looking through your telescope and getting to grips with what your telescope is capable of (weather permitting).

Members of WAS have a number of different telescopes and are able to offer help and advice about different brands. When you make your booking please let us know the make and type of telescope, including the mount if known, so that when you bring it along with you we can make sure you are put into the correct small group.

The price of the day includes tea/coffee during two breaks and an early evening supper of beef lasagne or jacket potato with cheese and beans both served with garlic bread and salad. Please let us know your preference when you book.

Time 2pm - 8pm
Spring Saturday 13th February OR
Autumn Saturday 12th November
Cost £35 per person

Admission

Cost - £35 per person

Website

http://www.the-observatory.org/astronomy-courses

Children working on an activity in one of our workshops

February Half Term Workshops at the Observatory Science Centre

  • 16 February 2016 10:30am-1pm, 2-4:30pm
  • 17 February 2016 10:30am-1pm, 2-4:30pm
  • 18 February — 18 March 2016

Tuesday 16th - 'A Hearty Work Out!' half day
You will be learning all about the heart and how it keeps you alive! You will also get your heart pumping, check out your pulse and make your own stethoscope. These are just some of the fun activities before you relax and make your own heart-warming chocolates for a belated Valentine's treat.

Times - 10.30am - 1pm or 2pm - 4.30pm
Cost - £10.75 per child (this is for the workshop only)
Age - 6 - 9 years
BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Wednesday 17th - 'Curious about Chemistry' half day for younger children
Chemistry is fascinating and this is a great chance to come and have a go at some exciting chemistry experiments.

Times - 10am - 1pm or 2pm - 4.30pm
Cost - £10.75 per child (this is for the workshop only)
Age - 6 - 9 years
BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Thursday 18th - 'Curious about Chemistry' half day for older children
Come and have a go at some exciting chemistry experiments.

Time - 10.30am - 1pm
Cost - £10.75 per child (this is for the workshop only)
Age - 10 - 13 years
BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

Cost £10.75 per child (this is for the workshop only)

Website

http://www.the-observatory.org/events#WKSFeb2016

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Observatory Science Centre - Open Evenings

http://www.the-observatory.org

Open Evenings 2010 & 2011
Are you interested in the night sky? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to look at the stars, planets and the moon through some of the country's largest telescopes? Well here is your opportunity! Come and join us on our open evenings and take a glimpse of what it would have been like to use these amazing instruments. This year our Open evenings will be held on selected Saturdays during winter, spring and autumn (unless otherwise stated).
Viewing is subject to weather conditions. Please check the local weather before embarking on a long journey

How to obtain

No booking required for Open Evenings - just turn up before 8pm please phone the Centre first to check weather conditions

The Observatory Science Centre
Wartling Road
Herstmonceux
Hailsham
East Sussex
BN27 1RN
England

Website

www.the-observatory.org

E-mail

info@the-observatory.org

Telephone

01323 832731

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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