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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......

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Telephone: 01323 832731
Fax: 01323 832741

Meet the NASA Scientist

Saturday May 13th 

We are delighted to welcome Chris Jacobs back to the Centre. Chris is a Deep Space Navigation Engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He will be giving family friendly talks at the Centre during the day and will be available for a chat and lots of questions! Come and join him and take this fabulous opportunity to meet a real life NASA scientist.

Chris will be giving his talk more than once during the day (times to be confirmed).

TITLE: 'Is there life outside the Earth?  Recent Clues from Icy Worlds'

One of the biggest questions we wrestle with as humans is the question: “Are we alone? Is there life elsewhere in the Solar System or beyond?”  This short talk will explore this question and share some recent clues about where life may be possible within our Solar System.

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.

In addition we now have a Lithophone. This fantastic musical instrument is an octave made of stone. Come and try it for yourself and see what tunes you can play.
2017 Information Leaflet
2017 Events and Activities Brochure
Spectacular Science for Schools
OPEN EVENING 6th May
On Saturday the 6th May The Centre will re-open again for the evening at 8pm. 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 the main focus of the evening is looking through some of the country's largest telescopes at some fabulous night sky objects including the Moon and magnificent Jupiter. 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 talk 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 6th May). Alongside the historic telescopes there will be the smaller telescopes of local amateur astronomers.
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Cuckmere Bus
Every Wednesday why not leave the car at home and visit The Centre on the Cuckmere Bus! PLUS you receive reduced entry to The Centre of just £5 pp. when presented alongside a valid Cuckmere bus ticket.
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