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

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National Astronomy Week 2014

National Astronomy Week (NAW2014)

1st - 8th March

National Astronomy Week 2014 celebrates Jupiter, the largest planet in the Solar System. Jupiter will reach its highest point in the sky for many years in early March.

All eyes will be on the skies between 1st and 8th March 2014 when an array of fascinating celestial objects will be gathered in the night sky. Throughout the week, astronomical organisations and societies all over the UK will be holding a host of special observing events open to the public. The Observatory Science Centre is playing its part and this is your chance to look at the heavens through some of the country's largest telescopes.

UK National Astronomy Week ("NAW") is held every few years or so to promote public awareness of astronomy by celebrating remarkable astronomical events. Previous NAWs have marked the return of Halley's Comet, the closest approach of Mars to Earth for 60,000 years and, most recently, the 400th anniversary of the first astronomical use of the telescope. 

The focus of NAW this year will be "Target Jupiter". Along with Jupiter you will be able to see Mars and many other fascinating celestial objects in the night sky. Throughout the week, astronomical organisations and societies all over the UK will be holding a host of special observing events open to the public, to enable as many people as possible to join in. NAW runs from Saturday to Saturday so actually lasts for 8 days! Come and help us celebrate, we are holding a variety of events to suit everyone.

Schools are welcome to book daytime visits as normal, but we have also planned special twilight programmes for KS2, KS3 and KS4.
See details below. Limited places. Booking essential.
Telephone: 01323 832731

Key Stages 3 / 4

Monday 3rd March 2014: 6.30 pm - 10 pm

Cost and How to Book

Hands-on exhibits, Telescope Tours with viewing (weather permitting) and activities including "Star Count"

Be part of a nationwide project organised by the Campaign to Protect Rural England. The project "Star Count" is collecting data on the number of stars people can see in the constellation of Orion. Are we a dark site? We think so.. so help us find out!

£5.50 per pupil
Accompanying supervising adults free of charge

Plus: Optional presentation in our inflatible planetarium just £1 pp.
Booking essential. Maximum 200 pupils (plus teachers).
Telephone: 01323 832731

Key Stage 2

Wednesday 5th March 2014: 2pm onwards- 7pm (latest)

Cost and How to Book

Hands-on exhibits, Telescope Tours with viewing (weather permitting) and activities.


Meet the Expert: 'Meteorites or Meteowrongs'
Each group can bring a rock sample or 2 to have them identified on site, as well as the opportunity to ask questions and see a real meteorite!

Plus: you will receive information for how you can contribute to a nationwide project organised by the Campaign to Protect Rural England. The project "Star Count" is collecting data on the number of stars people can see in the constellation of Orion.
It won't be dark before you leave the centre, but you will find out how you can participate.

£5.50 per pupil
Accompanying supervising adults free of charge

Plus: Optional presentation in our inflatible planetarium just £1 pp
Booking essential.  Maximum 200 pupils (plus teachers).
Telephone: 01323 832731
2014 National Astronomy Week Leaflet