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The Observatory Science Centre
Herstmonceux
Hailsham
East Sussex
BN27 1RN
Tel: 01323 832731
Fax: 01323 832741

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Welcome

Spectacular hands-on science and discovery among the domes and telescopes of a world famous astronomical observatory.
We look forward to welcoming you through 2017......

Thank you for supporting us!
Telephone: 01323 832731
Fax: 01323 832741

February mid-term Holiday

The Centre is open every day from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm (last admission 3.00 pm).
The East Sussex half term may be over but fior those of you out of county, or with an extended half term, we are still able to present our programme of shows and tours as follows:
Monday 20th
Wednesday 22nd
Friday 24th
Saturday 25th
Sunday 26th

There will be telescope tours and science shows alongside our hands-on exhibits and when you have paid your admission price, there is NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE for these tours or shows!

Please check for times of tours and shows when you arrive....

PLUS
Adults only Open Evening Saturday 25th February:  from 6.30pm – 11 pm

NEW for 2017!

We are proud to present our beautiful new large scale Orrery! This fantastic addition to the Spectacular Science exhibits is located in the Domes of Discovery exhibition in Dome F. The Orrery shows the movements of the planets and our Moon around the Sun giving you a fantastic insight into why we can see planets at different times as the years progress.
2017 Information Leaflet
2017 Events and Activities Brochure
Spectacular Science for Schools
OPEN EVENING 25th February
On Saturday the 25th February The Centre will re-open again for the evening at 6.30pm but this one is FOR ADULTS ONLY. This Open Evening is also being held to help celebrate the designation of the South Downs National Park as an International Dark Sky Reserve. Come and explore the Centre at night - it is a different atmosphere entirely and with no Moon it will truly be a dark site! All the indoor hands-on interactive exhibits will be available and without any children present there will be a great chance to get in touch with your inner child and really explore. If the weather is good there is the added bonus of being able to look through some of the country's largest telescopes at some fabulous night sky objects including Venus, Mars and the Orion Nebula. If the weather is not very good and you are not able to look through the telescopes don't worry, if there are enough visitors in The Centre we will have a fascinating planetarium style show for you which will walk you through the wonders of the night sky showing you objects you wouldn't ordinarily see. Normal admission price applies but if you are visiting during the day and would like to return for the evening, then take advantage of our special offer of just £5 per person (only valid with a receipt purchased during the day on the 25th February). Alongside the historic telescopes there will be the smaller telescopes of local amateur astronomers.
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OPEN EVENING 4th March
On Saturday the 4th March The Centre will re-open again for the evening at 6.30pm. Come and explore the Centre at night - it is a different atmosphere entirely. All the indoor hands-on interactive exhibits will be available and if the weather is good there is the added bonus of being able to look through some of the country's largest telescopes at some fabulous night sky objects including Venus, Mars and the Orion Nebula. The Moon will also be high in the sky when the Centre opens and being 1 day before first quarter it is a great time to look at this magnificent object. If the weather is not very good and you are not able to look through the telescopes don't worry, if there are enough visitors in The Centre we will have a fascinating planetarium style show for you which will walk you through the wonders of the night sky showing you objects you wouldn't ordinarily see. Normal admission price applies but if you are visiting during the day and would like to return for the evening, then take advantage of our special offer of just £5 per person (only valid with a receipt purchased during the day of the 4th March). Alongside the historic telescopes there will be the smaller telescopes of local amateur astronomers.
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