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The Observatory Science Centre
East Sussex
BN27 1RN
Tel: 01323 832731
Fax: 01323 832741

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Spectacular Exciting News 2014

We are delighted to announce the arrival of our second inflatable planetarium dome!

We are committed to our educational programme and have invested to be able to bring even more Spectacular ‘Cosmic’ Science to you.

The new inflatable dome runs state-of-the-art professional planetarium software and the array of presentations are truly awe-inspiring.

Our presenters are professional and adaptable, making science clear, fun and truly awesome! For up to 40 people (per presentation) we offer bespoke sky tours for all ages, and / or short films about light pollution, the formation of the universe, galaxy collision, and a whole lot more….
Presentations are offered that are suitable for all key stages.
They can be tailored to the abilities of the group and geared towards specific learning objectives including key words and concepts that you would like to be included.

Cost and How to Book

Half day: £295 (+vat) max. 3 presentations
Full day:  £395 (+vat) max. 5 presentations

Travel is free within a 20 mile radius of The Centre. Beyond this distance, charges apply (based on postcode).

To check availability, to make a booking, or just to ask any questions please contact The Centre.

Once booked you will be sent confirmation and an invoice. Payment is required 14 days in advance.
We have a range of suitable teacher resources which can be pre-ordered and delivered on the day, as well as ‘goody bags' for the pupils.
Telephone: 01323 832731

Important Information

How many pupils?
The smaller ‘Cosmic Classroom’ can accommodate up to 30 pupils with 1 or 2 accompanying adults. This is the approximate number for younger / smaller children scaling down to approx. 22 for older pupils.
The larger dome can accommodate up to 40 pupils with 1 or 2 accompanying adults.

Specifications: Indoor Venue Space       
The dome can easily be set up in any indoor venue space such as your hall or gym, and taken down at lunchtime if required.

The required dimensions are 7 m x 7 m and height of 4.5 m.     
2 x 13 amp power sockets.
The domes are constantly inflated by an electric fan.

The larger dome has a diameter of 5 m and height of 3.25 m. The inflating tube / fan occupies a space of 1.2 m.

Requirements: Access   
We need to unload / load our van as close as possible to the venue.               
Please inform us at the time of booking if there are any parking / access issues (e.g. stairs or narrow doorways) as there are several large components to unload.

Presenters cannot move large items or clear the space when they arrive on site, so the floor surface needs to be cleared and clean prior to set up.

At end of your booking, the presenters will ensure the space is left as they found it.

Before entering the planetarium each group will have a short pre-presentation talk regarding safety procedures, code of conduct etc. 

Entry and exit during the presentations is not possible unless in an emergency. 

Presentations are delivered by 2 science centre personnel who are STEMSussex Ambassadors and have an Enhanced DBS Certificate.

Pupils must be accompanied by a teacher / adult from the school at all times.

The smaller dome has entry / exit through an inflated double walled airlock.
The large dome has a zipped step-through opening.

Wheelchair access is possible, but must be discussed at the time of booking.

Format / Set up

Unloading and set up of the planetarium takes approximately 40 minutes, with similar time required for pack down and loading.
There should not be any other activity in the venue space during set up / pack down.

Each presentation lasts approx 30 – 45 minutes, depending on your schedule.
The whole experience will include pre-presentation points, entry / exit, and questions.

Additional time will be required during the day if the planetarium has to be deflated and cleared for pupil lunch requirements etc.

Presenters will do their very best to supply presentations to fit your schedule as  arranged at the time of booking.
Payment should have been sent 14 days prior to the booking.                   In the event of last minute bookings, payment must be handed over before presenters depart.
Cheques payable to ‘Science Projects Ltd’.
Astronomy Resources
The Centre stocks a range of astronomy resources which can be pre-ordered and delivered on the day; as well as ‘goody bags’ for the pupils.