Light and colour is a darkened space where the exhibits have surprising outcomes.
We use light to see everything around us, switch the lights off, everything goes dark and it is very difficult to see anything. Colour can also be fairly important too from reading danger signs to seeing if fruit is ripe to eat. People who are colour blind have a very different perception of colour.
This exhibition explores many fascinating aspects of light and colour including: the spectrum (rainbow); how light can be bent; how high voltage produces streams of light; how a two-way mirror works; how you can produce fabulous results when you mix different couloured light; how lighting can produce illusions. Astronomers use the spectrum in a technology called spectroscopy. Spectroscopy is arguably one of the most important discoveries in astronomical research and some of the telescopes here at The Science Centre used spectroscopy to study the Universe.
These are just some of the exhibits that you can touch, feel, see and have fun with.
Please note that some of the exhibits in the Light and Colour 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.