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Themed Evenings

Looking forward to our 2016 calendar of themed evenings, we are continually exploring new avenues in order to cater for all tastes not just those with an interest in astronomy. Maybe you enjoy music or a good murder mystery but haven't even considered looking through a telescope! Well this is a perfect opportunity to enjoy a fabulous evening with the added bonus of looking through some of the largest telescopes in the country, if the weather permits.

We are again including a wonderful mix of events including different types of music, fun science, murder mystery, comedy and Christmas entertainment including a family Christmas lecture and Christmas concert. Of course astronomy is close to our hearts and with the European Space Agency's first British astronaut on the ISS during the first half of the year we want to celebrate in style and enjoy space travel as well as the usual evenings looking for meteors.

So, set among the domes of this famous observatory what better place can you think of to spend an evening? Our events are usually catered (see below for further details) and include the opportunity to look through the historic telescopes at the wonderful night sky (weather permitting).


While the Centre makes every effort to accomodate wheel chair users and others with mobility issues, by virtue of the nature of the building (grade II* listed), the telescopes are accessed by steep narrow stairs. If you require further information please do not hesitate to get in touch.
October 1st 2016

'Kill for a Curry!'

Come and join us for an eventful evening of high drama, strange happenings and delicious food.

Follow the trail of clues around the Centre where all is not quite as is should be, then establish "Who Dunnit?"  

The evening includes a delicious curry supper and a complimentary glass of wine.  

If the weather is good there will also be an opportunity to look through the Centre's historic telescopes at some fascinating night sky ojects.

Last year's event proved to be extremely funny and was very popular so book now to secure your place and we will see you in time for "Murder!"

Time: 7pm - 11.30pm
Cost:  £28 per person


Please phone the Centre on 01323 832731 to secure your places.

Alternatively you can book on-line HERE through Eventbrite. Please note there will be a booking fee for on-line bookings.

Dr Ashley King November 19th 2016

'Comets and Curry'

Come and enjoy a warming curry a glass of wine plus an informative talk by a guest speaker. You can also look for shooting stars associated with the Leonids meteor shower as well as the tail end of the Taurids meteor shower.

The guest speaker will be Dr Ashley King from the Natural History Museum and the title of his talk is 'Meteors: Caught on Camera!'

It is estimated that ~44,000 kg of extra-terrestrial material falls on Earth each day! Most of this material is in the form of tiny dust grains that experience intense heating by friction as they enter the Earth’s atmosphere, producing a glowing streak in the sky known as a meteor. The brightest meteors – often called fireballs – are caused by larger objects (>1 m) and can sometimes survive atmospheric entry and reach the ground to become meteorites.

Extra-terrestrial materials are rocky time capsules that record the formation and evolution of our Solar System; however their exact origins remain poorly constrained. While many of the most spectacular meteor showers throughout the year are linked to comets (e.g. the Leonids come from comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle), new meteor sources continue to be discovered. In addition, out of ~50,000 known meteorites, fewer than 20 have been observed falling to Earth in enough detail to accurately calculate their orbit.

Ashley will talk about how digital camera networks dedicated to meteor observing are enabling us to better understand the nature and sources of extra-terrestrial materials to the Earth, and how studying meteorites can help us piece together the ~4.5 billion year history of our Solar System.

The Taurids shower marks the time when the Earth passes through the dust trail of comet Encke. The debris left behind by comet Enke is the largest in the inner solar system and it takes several weeks for the Earth to pass through it giving an extended period of activity; 20th October - 30th November. The peak activity for the Taurids is 12th November so we will only be catching a few bright streaks of light.

The second meteor shower is the Leonids which occurs as Earth passes through the deris trail left behind by comet Tempel-Tuttle. These meteors are very fast and often leave persistent trains behind them. The peak activity is the evening of the 18th November. The natural limits of the shower are over a much shorter duration than for the Taurids; 15th - 20th November.

While we don't use the telescopes to spot meteors but if the weather does permit you will get the chance to look at some other interesting celestial objects through the large telescopes. The evening aims to be both informal and informative. If the weather is unsuitable on themed evenings, the talk will go ahead regardless and a comprehensive tour of the telescopes will replace viewing.

Alongside the staff are members of Wealden Astronomical Society (WAS) and other amateur astronomers who are also there to help answer any questions you may have. They also have their own smaller, modern telescopes on the lawns for you to look through.

Numbers are limited to 80, so book early to secure your place.

There will be poppadoms, chicken curry, vegetable curry and nan bread. Please note that while there is a vegetarian option there is NO alternative menu to the curry.

Time: 7pm - 11.30pm (gates open at 6.45pm)
Cost: £28


There is the option to book on-line for this event please click here to follow the eventbrite link (a booking fee applies for on-line booking).

Alternatively phone the Centre on 01323 832731 to secure your places.

How to Book

To make a booking please telephone the Centre and reserve your place using a credit or debit card. On-line booking may be available for specific events. This will be indicated in the relevant section describing the event.

Telephone: 01323 832731

Refund policy: Any refunds will incur a £5 administration charge. Please note; we will not be able to refund any bookings within 7 days of the event taking place.
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