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

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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

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 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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SCIENCE OF BEER 8th April
Why not treat yourself to a fantastic, fun evening out which not only includes an informative talk about brewing beer but will also include a few fascinating demonstrations and a curry! All this plus the chance to sample some local brew as you will receive a voucher to sample a free beer of your choice (soft drinks and wine are also available). If that was not enough, all being well with the weather then there will be an opportunity to look through the Centre's giant historic telescopes at some remarkable night sky objects including the Moon and Jupiter later on. See Themed Evenings for further details.
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