Tuesday, 6 December 2016

OSC Event - Geminids Meteor shower - Open Evening on 10th December 2016

The Geminids can be annually observed between December 4 and December 17, with its peak activity being around December 14. The shower owes its name to the constellation Gemini from where the meteors seem to emerge from in the sky.

In 2016, the Geminids are expected to peak on the night of December 13 and early morning hours of December 14. A full moon will make viewing conditions difficult.

Unlike most other meteor showers, the Geminids are associated not with a comet but with an asteroid - the 3200 Phaethon. The asteroid takes about 1.4 years to orbit around the Sun.
The Geminids are considered to be one of the more spectacular meteor shower during a year, with the possibility of sighting around 120 meteors per hour at its peak.

Wealden Astronomers will be at The Observatory Science Centre on the 26th November 2016 from 6:30pm. until 11.00 pm.Viewing as per usual is subject to weather permitting.

Friday, 2 December 2016

OSC Event - Themed Evening - Christmas Carols by Starlight on 4th December 2016

Come and enjoy a host of Christmas songs, mulled wine and a mince pie to help bring on the festive cheer. There will also be an opportunity to look through the historic telescopes at some fascinating night sky objects.
The Wealden Astronomical Society will also be on hand with their telescopes on the lawn. (Viewing is subject to weather permitting.)

Thursday, 1 December 2016

OSC Special Event - Family Christmas Lecture on 3rd December 2016

This evening will be a magical mix of science and Christmas cheer. Following the family friendly lecture there will be mulled wine and a mince pie plus an opportunity to look through the telescopes. (Weather permitting)
The Wealden Astronomical Society will also be on hand with their telescopes on the lawn.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Friday, 11 November 2016

OSC Event - Open Evening on 26th November 2016

Wealden Astronomers will be at The Observatory Science Centre on the 26th November 2016 from 6:30pm. until 11.00 pm.Viewing is subject to weather permitting

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

OSC Event - Comets & Curry - 19th November 2016

Comets and Curry'

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 18th 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 but 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 will be poppadoms, chicken curry, vegetable curry and nan bread. Please note that while there is a vegetarian option there is NO alternative menu to the curry.


Time: 7pm - 11.30pm (gates open at 6.45pm)
Cost: £28

BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

OSC Event - Open Evening on 18th November 2016

The Leonids will peak on the night of November 17 and early morning of November 18 in 2016, just 3 days after a full Moon. A bright waning gibbous Moon may make it difficult for viewers to see many meteors.

Illustration image
The Leonids peak around mid-November.
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We suggest that observers try their luck after midnight on November 18.
The Leonid meteor shower is annually active in the month of November and usually peaks around November 16 or 17. The shower is called Leonids because its radiant or the point in the sky where the meteors seem to emerge from, lies in the constellation Leo.
The Leonids occur when the Earth passes through the debris left by the comet Tempel-Tuttle. The comet takes around 33 years to make one orbit around the Sun.
People can view about 20 meteors an hour at the peak of the Leonids meteor shower.

The Wealden Astronomical Society will also be on hand with their telescopes on the lawn. (Viewing is subject to weather permitting.)

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Autumn Telescope Clinic on 12th November 2016



Do you own a telescope that you have been given as a gift that you do not know how to use?
Have you bought a telescope you need help with?
Come along to the Telescope Clinic on 12th November 2016 at The Observatory Science Centre, for our members to show you how to operate them. 
The session is £35 per person which includes tea/coffee during two breaks and an early evening supper of beef lasagne or jacket potato with cheese and beans both served with garlic bread and salad. Please state your preference when you book. 

Saturday, 15 October 2016

OSC Event - Halloween Spooktacular Open Evening on 29th October 2016


Come and join us for a weekend of fabulously fun and spooky activities
Wealden Astronomers will be at The Observatory Science Centre on the 29th October 2016 from 6:30pm. until 12.30am.Viewing is subject to weather permitting

Saturday, 1 October 2016

OSC Event - Open Evening on 22nd October 2016

Wealden Astronomers will be at The Observatory Science Centre on the 22nd October 2016 from 6:30pm. until 11.00 pm.Viewing is subject to weather permitting

Friday, 30 September 2016

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.

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.

Saturday, 7 May 2016

OSC Event - Blue Moon Open Evening on 21st May 2016

ADULT ONLY open evening for the Blue Moon: 8pm - 12.30am
Admission: Special offer of just £5 per person (usual price is £8pp).
Come and join us to learn about the Moon. Take the opportunity to look through some of the country's largest telescopes with our knowledgeable telescope operators who will guide you through the night sky and tell you all about what you are looking at. JUPITER, MARS & SATURN will all make an appearance throughout the evening as well as the Moon of course which is beautiful to look at. Viewing is subject to weather but the cloudy night contingency plan includes a planetarium style talk in our geodesic dome.The Wealden Astronomy Society will also be on hand on the lawns with their telescopes  ( Viewing is subject to weather permitting.)

Sunday, 1 May 2016

OSC Event - Themed Evening - Museums at Night on 14th May 2016

Join us for a cheese and wine evening to help celebrate Museums at Night. This year we are also celebrating the journey of a lifetime; Tim Peake's mission to the International Space Station. There will be an informal talk about life in space and an opportunity to look through the historic telescopes.
The Wealden Astronomical Society will also be on hand with their telescopes on the lawn.  (Viewing is subject to weather permitting.)

Saturday, 30 April 2016

OSC Event - Open Evening on 13th May 2016


Wealden Astronomical Society will be at the Observatory Science Centre at Herstmonceux, Sussex on 13 May 2016 from 8pm. Come and see through our telescopes, look at planets, the Moon and much more and have a good time learning about them too.