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 there are more meteor showers to spot. What can you see during October and November?
A guide to some of the astronomy terms used in this website.
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.
The committee is very excited to announce that National Astronomy Week is going ahead in a way it has never been done before, bringing live events and planetary viewing direct to your home.
In autumn 2020, Mars makes a close approach to Earth, and it won’t be as close again until 2035. National Astronomy Week will make sure that as many people as possible get 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 week will be Saturday 14 November to Sunday 22 November. Mars will be easily visible in the evening sky, as well as Jupiter, Saturn and the Moon. Normally, there would be observing sessions across the country, but this year because of COVID-19 most of the NAW events will be online, so you can join in wherever you are.
Unfortunately The Observatory Science Centre's plans for activities during this week have been put on hold due to the pandemic but have a look at the NAW website it has plenty of information about how to get involved yourselves.
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.