Monday, 19 September 2016

OSC Event - Open Evening - Draconids meteor shower on 7th October 2016

October 7, 2016, the Draconids
The radiant point for the Draconid meteor shower almost coincides with the head of the constellation Draco the Dragon in the northern sky. That’s why the Draconids are best viewed from the Northern Hemisphere. The Draconid shower is a real oddity, in that the radiant point stands highest in the sky as darkness falls. That means that, unlike many meteor showers, more Draconids are likely to fly in the evening hours than in the morning hours after midnight. This shower is usually a sleeper, producing only a handful of languid meteors per hour in most years. But watch out if the Dragon awakes! In rare instances, fiery Draco has been known to spew forth many hundreds of meteors in a single hour. In 2016, the waxing crescent moon may somewhat intrude on this year’s Draconid shower. Try watching at nightfall and early evening on October 7.
 The Wealden Astronomical Society will also be on hand with their telescopes on the lawn. (Viewing is subject to weather permitting.)

Monday, 12 September 2016

OSC Event - Themed Evening - Murder Mystery on 1st October 2016

The Observatory Science Centre is hosting another fabulous Murder Mystery evening, packed full of mayhem, fun and intrigue on the 1st October 2016.
What a better place to solve a murder than among the domes and telescopes of this wonderful historic site.


Thursday, 1 September 2016

OSC Event - Open Evening on 24th September 2016

Wealden Astronomers will be at The Observatory Science Centre on the 24th September 2016 from 6:30pm. until 11.00 pm.Viewing as per usual is subject to weather permitting.

Sunday, 14 August 2016

OSC Event - Astronomy Festival on 4th September 2016

Sunday (10am - 6pm) 
Four lectures throughout the day (£3 per person per lecture)
• Talks about the telescopes in Dome E
• Planetarium shows
• 'Light' entertainment with the thermal imaging camera
Trade stands
• Astronomy Society stands
• Newton's Bar
• Solar Observing
• Rocket Launching
2pm Family Quiz
• Raffle including the Grand Prize Raffle Draw.

All this PLUS Spectacular Science exhibits both indoors and outdoors.

Saturday, 13 August 2016

OSC Event - Astronomy Festival on 3rd September 2016

Saturday Day (10am - 6pm) 

Four lectures throughout the day (£3 per person per lecture)
• Talks about the telescopes in Dome E
• Rocket Launching (to be confirmed)
• 'Light' entertainment with the thermal imaging camera
Trade stands
• Astronomy Society stands
• Newton's Bar
• Solar Observing
• Raffle

Saturday Evening (6.30pm - 11pm)

8pm Pub Quiz with Steve Collingwood (SCTelescopes)
• Viewing through the historic telescopes (weather permitting)
• Viewing through smaller telescopes with amateur astronomy societies (weather permitting)

Friday, 12 August 2016

OSC Event - Astronomy Festival on 2nd September 2016

Friday evening (6.30pm - 11pm) FREE opening lecture 7.30pm Ian Ridpath

We are very pleased to welcome Ian Ridpath back to the Centre.

Ian is an award-winning author, broadcaster and lecturer on astronomy and space with over 40 book titles to his name. He is editor of the Oxford Dictionary of Astronomy and author of a widely used series of stargazing guides for beginners including The Monthly Sky Guide.

Ian was the 2012 winner of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific's Klumpke-Roberts Award for 'outstanding contributions to the public understanding and appreciation of astronomy'. He regularly travels to Norway to see the northern lights.

Title: 'Fantastic Northern Lights' (Their appearance, legends and causes).'
• Viewing through the historic telescopes (weather permitting)
• Viewing through smaller telescopes with amateur astronomy societies (weather permitting)

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

OSC Event - Themed Evening on 13th August 2016

'Perseids Shooting Stars'

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

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

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 naked 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 in the wee small hours of the 13th 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 (gates open at 7.45pm)

Monday, 1 August 2016

OSC Event - Open Evening on Friday 12th August 2016

Wealden Astronomical Society will be at the Observatory Science Centre at Herstmonceux, Sussex on 12 August 2016 from 7pm. Come and see through our telescopes, look at planets, the Moon and much more and have a good time learning about them too. There is a good opportunity to see many shooting stars known as the "Perseids Meteor Shower".

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Wealden AS Annual General Meeting on 6th August 2016 - Speakers Christine Navarro & Garrick Mound

Annual General Meeting and Talk about the Russian Cosmonaut Exhibition by Christine Navarro & Garrick Mound two people involved with the Exhibition.