Take a journey from the microscopic level of everyday things to the Solar System and beyond!
Telescopes and microscopes are opposites. One looks outwards discovering what lies in the Universe; the other looks inwards and has helped scientists unravel Earth's mysteries at the micrscopic level.
This exhibition tells Earth's story and takes you on a journey from the beginning of time from the microscopic to the macroscopic.
The interactive exhibits and displays answer so many questions and help you understand many of the phenomena experienced on Earth from its core to the upper atmosphere. It also allows you to explore the planets and the Sun. Some of the questions it helps to answer are: Why do we have different seasons? What protects the Earth from the harmful rays of the Sun? Are there really different kinds of clouds? Can you build a tower to withstand a severe earthquake? What causes an earthquake? What did prehistoric Earth really look like and when did man evolve? What does my finger nail look like through a microscope? Why is the sky blue? How are rainbows formed? What does an ice crystal look like as it grows? The list is endless! With a journey through Earth and Beyond we can help you answer so many more questions about Earth and our place in the Universe.
Please note that some of the exhibits in the Earth and Beyond Exhibition are not suitable for visitors with pacemakers, insulin pumps or cochlear implants. These exhibits are clearly labelled in the gallery and on the exhibit list which you can download.
It is with great sadness that we announce the closure of The Observatory Science Centre from 18th March 2020 until further notice.
This decision was made in the light of the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and recent UK government advice, which our charity has been carefully monitoring and following.
The safety and wellbeing of our visitors, staff and volunteers is our absolute priority during this difficult time.
Given the uncertainty we are all facing, we don’t yet know when we will re-open. If you have booked group visits / upcoming events etc. we will be in contact when we return to work.
We sincerely wish good health for you and your families during these uncertain times and we can’t wait to welcome you back as we continue our 25th anniversary celebrations.
The Observatory Science Centre team
Thank you for your cooperation, understanding and support.