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

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Themed Evenings

We are looking forward to a packed calendar once more. 

We will again be including a wonderful mix of events and with astronomy close to our hearts there will hopefully be an opportunity to look through our fantastic telescopes, some of the largest working instruments in the country.  

Access

While the Centre makes every effort to accomodate wheel chair users and others with mobility issues, by virtue of the nature of the building (grade II* listed), the telescopes are accessed by steep narrow stairs. If you require further information please do not hesitate to get in touch.
A Reason to Murder

Saturday 20th May 2017

Prepare yourself for an evening of sinister happenings for this ‘Museums at Night’ event. Explore the Centre looking for clues and work out who committed murder. Starting with Prosecco and a delicious buffet supper the scene is set and the fun begins! You will also have an opportunity to look through the telescopes and perhaps spot Mars and Jupiter. Last year's event was hilariously good fun so book now to secure your place and we will see you in time for "Murder!"

Time:    7.30pm - Midnight
Cost:     £30 per person

10% discount available for groups of 8 or more

BOOKING ESSENTIAL FULLY BOOKED

SOUNDSCAPE – Brighton Film Quartet

Saturday 1st July 2017

The evening will start with Prosecco and canapes. The performance will be split into 2 halves with a delicious supper during the interval. 

To round off the evening you will also have an opportunity to look through the telescopes and spot Jupiter and possibly Saturn.

SOUNDSCAPE – a concert of sheer escapism with this extraordinary piano quartet. Stunning big-screen visuals, a breathtaking backdrop to the Brighton Film Quartet's hauntingly beautiful cinematic music and multi-layered soundtrack. Classical meets minimalism, with an unexpected twist. Think Einaudi with attitude, Nyman on a night out.

A collaboration of top Brighton filmmakers and the quartet's pianist-composer – lose yourself on a mesmerising journey of the senses. From the hypnotically dreamlike to the intensely powerful, from the magical icescapes of Greenland to a moonlit Venetian sea. From orchestral accents, pulsing drumbeats to traces of triphop... nothing comesclose for sheer evocative beauty and electric atmosphere.

A hit last year at the Royal Pavilion and the Brighton Fringe – don’t miss this unforgettable experience. www.brightonfilmquartet.com

Musicians: Penny Loosemore (piano-composer), Emma Papper (clarinet), Sarah Davison (cello), Lisa De Simone (violin)

Filmmakers: Jordan Chandler, Alice Moyle, Hubble, Jayne Wilson, Andy Deighton, Phil Harris, Nick Edwards, Philip Reeve, Justin Hankinson & Jerry Chater

Soundscape has been quoted as being: "A class act. Top musicians and beautiful compositions." Julian Caddy, Brighton Fringe Director

www.facebook.com/brightonfilmquartet

Time:    
7.00pm - midnight 
Cost:    £35 per person 

BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Please phone the Centre on 01323 832731 to secure your places.
Alternatively you can book online using the Eventbrite link here. Please note there is a booking fee for online transactions. 
Perseids Shooting Stars

Saturday August 12th 2017  


The evening will begin with a selection of cheeses and wine. This will be followed by an informative talk by a guest speaker (to be confirmed). 

Following the talk, weather permitting, you will have the opportunity to try and spot some fast moving meteors with the unaided eye and look through the telescopes at other interesting celestial objects including the magnificent planet Saturn.

The Perseids meteor shower occurs as Earth passes through the outskirts of a cloud of debris from comet Swift-Tuttle. The dust and bits of rock left behind are called meteors. As they enter the Earth's atmosphere they 'burn' up with the larger pieces producing bright streams that you can see with the unaided eye before they fade away. These bright streams are also known as shooting stars and can be seen from 23rd July until 20th August. The maximum is actually on the 12th August when you may see approximately 60-80 shooting stars per hour.

The evening aims to be both informal and informative. If the weather is unsuitable on themed evenings, the talk will go ahead regardless and a comprehensive tour of the telescopes will replace viewing. On the tour you will be taken into domes not open to the public during the day.

Alongside the staff are members of Wealden Astronomical Society (WAS) and other volunteers who are also there to help answer any questions you may have. Again, weather permitting, the smaller telescopes of the amateur astronomers will be on the lawns for you to look through.

Numbers are limited to 100, so book early to secure your place.

Time:   8pm - 12.30am
Cost:    £22 per person

BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Please phone the Centre on 01323 832731 to secure your places.
Alternatively you can book online using the Eventbrite link here. Please note there is a booking fee for online transactions.
Comets and Curry

Saturday November 18th 2017

Come and enjoy a warming curry a glass of wine plus an informative talk by a guest speaker. You can also look for shooting stars associated with the Leonids meteor shower as well as the tail end of the Taurids meteor shower. 

The Taurids shower marks the time when the Earth passes through the dust trail of comet Encke. The debris left behind by comet Enke is the largest in the inner solar system and it takes several weeks for the Earth to pass through it giving an extended period of activity; 20th October - 30th November. The peak activity for the Taurids is 12th November so we will only be catching a few bright streaks of light.

The second meteor shower is the Leonids which occurs as Earth passes through the deris trail left behind by comet Tempel-Tuttle. These meteors are very fast and often leave persistent trains behind them. The peak activity is the evening of the 17th November. The natural limits of the shower are over a much shorter duration than for the Taurids; 15th - 20th November.

While we don't use the telescopes to spot meteors, if the weather does permit you will get the chance to look at some other interesting celestial objects through the large telescopes.

The evening aims to be both informal and informative. If the weather is unsuitable on themed evenings, the talk will go ahead regardless and a comprehensive tour of the telescopes will replace viewing.

Alongside the staff are members of Wealden Astronomical Society (WAS) and other amateur astronomers who are also there to help answer any questions you may have. They also have their own smaller, modern telescopes on the lawns for you to look through.

Numbers are limited to 80, so book early to secure your place. There is NO alternative menu to the curry.

Time:   7pm - 11.30pm
Cost:    £30 per person 

BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Please phone the Centre on 01323 832731 to secure your places.
How to Book

To make a booking please telephone the Centre and reserve your place using a credit or debit card. On-line booking may be available for specific events. This will be indicated in the relevant section describing the event.

Telephone: 01323 832731

Refund policy: Any refunds will incur a £5 administration charge. Please note; we will not be able to refund any bookings within 7 days of the event taking place.
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