Imagine the ‘wow' factor for pupils (and adults) to be seated beneath an historic telescope and to discover ‘How the telescopes have been used', ‘What we can learn from them today' and ‘How the astronomers would have worked here' when it was The Royal Observatory.
Your group will be led by a member of our team as you visit two domes housing historic telescopes. The tour includes reference to the history of the site, the copper clad domes and the logistics of operating these huge telescopes.
Principles of refraction and reflection will be shown by simple demonstrations and the tour normally incorporates a visit to 2 domes: 1 housing a refractor telescope and 1 a reflector.
It is hoped this experience will help to foster an understanding of telescopes and stimulate an interest in astronomy.
A tour costs an additional £1 per pupil, lasts approximately 40 minutes and dialogue is led by the level of the group. Minimum charge £20.
KS3 / KS4 pupils, and groups with a particular interest in physics / engineering / astronomy can book a tour to incorporate additional telescope domes and areas, depending on time and availability.
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.