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.

Thursday, 16 June 2016

OSC Event - Themed Evening - Murder Mystery on 18th June 2016 - Rescheduled to 1st October 2016

This Themed evening has be rescheduled to 1st October 2016!

The Observatory Science Centre is hosting another fabulous Murder Mystery evening, packed full of mayhem, fun and intrigue on the 18th June 2016.
What a better place to solve a murder than among the domes and telescopes of this wonderful historic site.

Wealden Astronomers will also be at The Observatory Science Centre on the 18th June 2016 from 6:30pm. until 11.00 pm.Viewing is subject to weather permitting.

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

OSC Event - International SUNday on 26th June 2016

Initiated by the Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project (CBSAP), we are hoping to celebrate with a sunny summer day. Come and join in the fun and take the opportunity to learn about the Sun and look at it safely through a solar telescope donated by Stephen Ramsden, founder of CBSAP. Other solar scopes will be available including those from Wealden Astronomy Society. Even if we don’t see the Sun you can still learn all about it! This is all offered at NO extra cost to your normal admission price.

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Wealden A S Meeting on 11th June 2016 - Speaker Pr David Rothery

Planetary Geosciences and the Mercury mission

Professor David Rothery is a Senior Lecturer in the Open University Department of Earth Sciences, and the UK Lead Scientist on MIXS (Mercury Imaging X-ray Spectrometer), which is the only UK Principal Investigator instrument on BepiColombo, the European Space Agency mission to Mercury to be launched in 2017. Many questions remain for ESA’s BepiColombo to answer ten years from now, but thanks to NASA’s MESSENGER (orbiting Mercury March 2011-March 2015) we now know far more about the closest planet to the Sun than was possible from ground-based astronomy and the Mariner-10 flybys in the 1970s. David will be joining us to discuss new views of the Sun’s innermost planet.