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Bookings now being taken for all summer holiday children's workshops
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31st March - 23rd April:3 weeks of Spectacular Science!
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The Observatory Science Centre
East Sussex
BN27 1RN
Tel: 01323 832731
Fax: 01323 832741

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Spectacular hands-on science and discovery among the domes and telescopes of a world famous astronomical observatory.
We look forward to welcoming you through 2017......

Thank you for supporting us!
Telephone: 01323 832731
Fax: 01323 832741

Friday 21st July - Thursday 31st August 2017

We are delighted to announce our Spectacular Summer programme with activities for everyone.

The summer show will be 'Changing World' and launches Friday 21st July.
There will normally be daily Science Show presentations and Telescope Tours, alongside the interactive hands-on exhibits.  Please call in advance to check dates / times of any of our summer activities.

'Changing World'
What is Change? .....from the birth of the Earth: a journey exploring the natural changes of our dynamic Earth through time including demos of continental drift, tectonic plates, volcanoes, mountain ranges and earthquakes.
The journey continues to consider the impacts humans have made to climate change and extreme weather including demos of thunder, lightning and fire tornados.

What are the consequences of human development and technological change and how does our modern lifestyle impact on our planet?

What small steps can we take to make a positive change?

PLUS throughout the summer there will be 'pop-up days' with our ECO-ZONE and INFLATABLE PLANETARIUM (small additional charge).
Call us to find out the next date!

Ecology Zone: summer pop-up activity area

Ecology Zone 2017 If you visit when the Ecology Zone is open, you may participate in the butterfly activity. Check our photo gallery to see if your butterfly has arrived!
Last day for this summer: Friday 25th August

NEW for 2017!

We are proud to present our beautiful new large scale Orrery! This fantastic addition to the Spectacular Science exhibits is located in the Domes of Discovery exhibition in Dome F. The Orrery shows the movements of the planets and our Moon around the Sun giving you a fantastic insight into why we can see planets at different times as the years progress.

In addition we now have a Lithophone. This fantastic musical instrument is an octave made of stone. Come and try it for yourself and see what tunes you can play.
2017 Information Leaflet
2017 Events and Activities Brochure
Spectacular Science for Schools
Cuckmere Bus
Every Wednesday why not leave the car at home and visit The Centre on the Cuckmere Bus! PLUS you receive reduced entry to The Centre of just £5 pp. when presented alongside a valid Cuckmere bus ticket.
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Annual Astronomy Festival
September 1 (2.30pm - 11pm), 2 (10am - 6pm then 6.30pm - 11pm), 3 (10am -6pm). Join us for a fantastic weekend. There is so much to do for everyone and you do not have to be an astronomer to enjoy the fabulous atmosphere. Come for an evening, come for a day or come for the whole weekend and camp under the backdrop of the amazing domes! There are lectures, trade stands, family activities, viewing the night sky through some of the country's largest telescopes (weather permitting) and so much more. For more information about prices and details of the programme of activities and lectures for the weekend visit the Astronomy Festival page in the What's On section.
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