This page links to all the different astronomy experiences you can find on our website. Please note that during the current pandemic we are unable to offer our normal extensive range of events and activities. However, we would still like to showcase what we are able to offer for when everything gets back to normal.
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The Observatory Science Centre is home to six historical telescopes which were left behind when the Royal Greenwich Observatory (RGO) finally closed its doors at Herstmonceux and moved to Cambridge in 1990.
Under the aegis of Science Projects Ltd an extensive programme of restoration and repair of the domes and telescopes was completed in 2004 with the aid of a substantial grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Today at least 3 of the telescopes are operational and can be used by our visitors.
The rich heritage of a former world famous astronomical observatory.
Some of the country's largest working historic telescopes.
The Isaac Newton Telescope
Interactive astronomy exhibits
Try and find some prominent constellations and learn about the mythology behind them.
The story of the Royal Greenwich Observatory showcasing important historical lenses.
The story of the 1919 soalr eclipse and how it helped support Einstein's General Theory of Relativity.
What will I see this month?
As the Autumn and Winter approaches you can spot a number of meteor showers.
Colour the planets, make a straw rocket, create a constellation viewer and make a mini Einstein. There are more activities to try on the World Space Week page "Celebrating Satellites."
Tease your brain and improve your astronomy vocabulary with these word searched and crosswords
Every few years to mark a special astronomical event, the National Astronomy Week committee form a hub to encourage as many participants as possible throughout the country to get involved.
National Astronomy Week went ahead despite the pandemic and in a way it has never been done before, bringing live events and planetary viewing direct to your home.
In autumn 2020, Mars made a close approach to Earth, and it won’t be as close again until 2035. National Astronomy Week made sure that as many people as possible got a chance to see Mars, even if only from their back garden or online, and to find out about the exciting space missions to the planet.
The actual week took place live from Saturday 14 November to Sunday 22 November 2020 and the NAW events were presented online very successfully. If you missed them dont be sad they were all recorded and you can watch again at your leisure just follow the link below and you can access all the fabulous talks, activities and virtual viewing sessions. There are some fantastic speakers and interactive activities so don't miss out!
A chance to watch the videos again and listen to the superb astronomers panel live Q&A session.
World Space Week 2020 celebrated all things to do with satellites.
We offer evening and one day courses for adults or families.
A fantastic opportunity to look through our historic telescopes
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The Observatory Science Centre is part of Science Projects Ltd, a company limited by guarantee registered in England No: 02186073 and a registered charity No: 298542. The registered office is 3 – 15 Stirling Road, Acton, London. W3 8DJ. UK.