Come and explore the Universe in our comfortable, well equipped star theatre. We present new public shows every month (each lasting about an hour). Special shows for private groups and tailored shows for schools and colleges. Free parking. Easy access for disabled. Convenient for public transport. For details and times of all forthcoming shows, or to make a booking for a group, call us on 01243 774400 or 07818 297292 or visit our website www.southdowns.org.uk.

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South Downs Planetarium - Science & Astronomy

Springtime Stars, Moon and Planets. Sunday 9th June 3:30pm

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On late Winter and early Springtime evenings - if the skies are clear - we can see some magnificent star patterns including Orion, the Hunter, and his retinue.There is also a fine display of planets: Mercury may be glimpsed low down in the south-western sky after sunset during the first week of April, trailed briefly by red planet Mars.Jupiter is a truly spectacular object, dominating the southerl
Event date(s):
09th June 2019 15:30 - 16:30
South Downs Planetarium - Science & Astronomy

Springtime Stars, Moon and Planets Friday 12th April

On late Winter and early Springtime evenings - if the skies are clear - we can see some magnificent star patterns including Orion, the Hunter, and his retinue.There is also a fine display of planets: Mercury may be glimpsed low down in the south-western sky after sunset during the first week of April, trailed briefly by red planet Mars.Jupiter is a truly spectacular object, dominating the southerl
Event date(s):
12th April 2019 15:30 - 16:30
South Downs Planetarium - Science & Astronomy

Voyage to Giant Jupiter and its moons. Thursday 30th May 3:30pm

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The brilliant planet Jupiter is visible throughout the night during the current winter months, moving slowly against the background stars of Leo, (The Lion), and Virgo, (The Maiden). It is very obvious in the southern sky.Jupiter is the largest planet of the Sun's family. It is a world of swirling clouds and raging storms. Come and explore this gas giant and some of its 60+ moons. The 'big
Event date(s):
30th May 2019 15:30 - 16:30
South Downs Planetarium - Science & Astronomy

Seven Wonders of the Solar System. Monday 8th April 15:30 - 16:30

Come to the Planetarium for a flight of fancy to explore our planetary neighbours. From the searing surface of our Sun, we head past beautiful blue Earth to the grandest volcanoes and most spectacular canyons in the Solar System, then on to some quite remarkable moons of Jupiter, and finally to the glorious rings of Saturn, and yet more remarkable moons.Fasten your seat belts for the trip of a lif
Event date(s):
08th April 2019 15:30 - 16:30
South Downs Planetarium - Science & Astronomy

Springtime Stars and Galaxies Friday May 3rd 7:30pm

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On Spring evenings - if the skies are clear - we can look beyond the veil of stars in our own galaxy, the Milky Way. As we look out into the wider universe we see countless other galaxies, many like our own, but many that are quite different.Come and explore this cosmic 'zoo' - dwarf galaxies, giant galaxies, weird galaxies, and some with supermassive black holes at their hearts.
Event date(s):
03rd May 2019 19:30 - 20:30
South Downs Planetarium - Science & Astronomy

Distant Worlds - Alien Life Monday 22nd April 3:30pm

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 Distant Worlds - Alien LifeRecent advances in technology have enabled astronomers to discover new planets in orbit around stars beyond our Sun: so-called extrasolar planets, or 'exoplanets' for short.Featuring stunning fulldome, immersive video sequences that surround you with breathtaking moving colour images.Recent advances in technology have enabled astronomers to discover new pla
Event date(s):
22nd April 2019 15:30 - 16:30
South Downs Planetarium - Science & Astronomy

Our Incredible Sun. Sunday 2nd June

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As Summer approaches, we become more aware of our nearest star - the Sun. We feel its heat on a sunny day, and its light is all around us.Come to the Planetarium as we probe the mysteries of this local star of ours. Journey from the unimaginable heat of the Sun's core to its turbulent surface, and onward to its outer atmosphere - the pearly Corona.Witness at first hand the dark sunspots which
Event date(s):
02nd June 2019 15:30 - 16:30
South Downs Planetarium - Science & Astronomy

Our Incredible Sun. 02-06-19

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As Summer approaches, we become more aware of our nearest star - the Sun. We feel its heat on a sunny day, and its light is all around us.Come to the Planetarium as we probe the mysteries of this local star of ours. Journey from the unimaginable heat of the Sun's core to its turbulent surface, and onward to its outer atmosphere - the pearly Corona.Witness at first hand the dark sunspots which
Event date(s):
02nd June 2019 15:30 - 16:30
South Downs Planetarium - Science & Astronomy

Destination Mars, the Red Planet April 15th 3:30pm

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This Summer Mars will be a prominent object in the southern night sky, its bright orangey-red disk an easy object some way below the fainter stars of Leo, the Lion.Spacecraft have shown us a bitterly cold, dry planet, with huge volcanoes, vast canyons, craters and ancient river valleys. Far from being a world where nothing ever happens, Mars has landslides, whirlwinds and great dust storms.Fasten
Event date(s):
15th April 2019 15:30 - 16:30
South Downs Planetarium - Science & Astronomy

All Aboard - A Tour of the Planets. Wednesday 10th April 3:30pm

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Come to the Planetarium for a flight of fancy to explore our planetary neighbours.From hot little Mercury, closest planet to the Sun, past cloud-covered Venus, beautiful blue Earth strong and red Mars we head for the outer planets.Through the rocky reaches of the Asteroid Belt beyond Mars, we speed pass giant Jupiter, Saturn wit
Event date(s):
10th April 2019 15:30 - 16:30
South Downs Planetarium - Science & Astronomy

All Aboard - A Tour of the Planets. Friday 19th April 3.30pm

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Come to the Planetarium for a flight of fancy to explore our planetary neighbours.From hot little Mercury, closest planet to the Sun, past cloud-covered Venus, beautiful blue Earth strong and red Mars we head for the outer planets.Through the rocky reaches of the Asteroid Belt beyond Mars, we speed pass giant Jupiter, Saturn wit
Event date(s):
19th April 2019 15:30 - 16:30
South Downs Planetarium - Science & Astronomy

Distant Worlds - Alien Life - Sunday 14th April 3:30pm

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 Distant Worlds - Alien LifeRecent advances in technology have enabled astronomers to discover new planets in orbit around stars beyond our Sun: so-called extrasolar planets, or 'exoplanets' for short.Featuring stunning fulldome, immersive video sequences that surround you with breathtaking moving colour images.Recent advances in technology have enabled astronomers to discover new pla
Event date(s):
14th April 2019 15:30 - 16:30
South Downs Planetarium - Science & Astronomy

The Northern Lights Sun 28th April 3:30pm

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Journey north to the frozen wastes of the Arctic Circleand watch electrified particles from the Sun spiraling down into the upper atmosphere, where they generate the wonderful colours of the Aurora Borealis or 'Northern Lights'Come to the Planetarium to understand how eruptions on the Sun cause displays of the Northern Lights, and how
Event date(s):
28th April 2019 15:30 - 16:30
South Downs Planetarium - Science & Astronomy

The Northern Lights Tuesday 9th April 15:30pm

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Journey north to the frozen wastes of the Arctic Circleand watch electrified particles from the Sun spiraling down into the upper atmosphere, where they generate the wonderful colours of the Aurora Borealis or 'Northern Lights'Come to the Planetarium to understand how eruptions on the Sun cause displays of the Northern Lights, and how
Event date(s):
09th April 2019 15:30 - 16:30
South Downs Planetarium - Science & Astronomy

From the Space Station to the Moon, Mars and Beyond Fri, 7th June 7.30pm

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Mars and its two moons, Phobos and Deimos, have long been the subject of human interest.Spacecraft have shown us a bitterly cold, dry planet, with huge volcanoes, vast canyons, craters and ancient river valleys.See how humans may get there and what will be needed for survival.Find out the challenges and benefits of a martian colony and also the dangers inherent in space exploration.Fasten your sea
Event date(s):
07th June 2019 19:30 - 20:30
South Downs Planetarium - Science & Astronomy

Magnificent Moons of Our Solar System Tuesday 16th April 3:30pm

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Earth has just one Moon, but other planets have dozens of moons orbiting around them. Our Moon is a barren, airless, lifeless world pockmarked by thousands of craters.Some 'moons' of other planets have active volcanoes, ice geysers, oceans of water beneath their surfaces, and one has a deep atmosphere and a frozen surface with lakes of liquid petroleum gas!Come to the Planetarium for a spe
Event date(s):
16th April 2019 15:30 - 16:30
South Downs Planetarium - Science & Astronomy

Springtime Stars, Moon and Planets Wednesday 17th April 3:30pm

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On late Winter and early Springtime evenings - if the skies are clear - we can see some magnificent star patterns including Orion, the Hunter, and his retinue.There is also a fine display of planets: Mercury may be glimpsed low down in the south-western sky after sunset during the first week of April, trailed briefly by red planet Mars.Jupiter is a truly spectacular object, dominating the southerl
Event date(s):
17th April 2019 15:30 - 16:30
South Downs Planetarium - Science & Astronomy

Easter Full Moon Thurday, 18th April, 3.30pm

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The Moon is our nearest neighbour, and many people do not realise what a fascinating world it is. Its phases are also linked to the date of Easter, although not in a simple way!The commonly stated rule that Easter is the first Sunday after the first Full Moon following the vernal or spring equinox is not quite correct. Strictly speaking, these days, Easter is the first Sunday following the "E
Event date(s):
18th April 2019 15:30 - 16:30
South Downs Planetarium - Science & Astronomy

From the Space Station to the Moon, Mars and Beyond Monday, 6th May, 3.30pm

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 50 years after Neil Armstrong first walked the moon, we can now travel further into space than ever before. NASA with their Orion spacecraft aim to return to the Moon in 2020.Both private companies and NASA are developing the capability to visit the International Space Station and also travel further out into space, NASA will build the Space Launch System, to send 140-ton payloads deeper int
Event date(s):
06th May 2019 15:30 - 16:30
South Downs Planetarium - Science & Astronomy

Springtime Stars, Moon and Planets Sunday 12th May 3:30pm

www.southdowns.org.uk/index.html
On late Winter and early Springtime evenings - if the skies are clear - we can see some magnificent star patterns including Orion, the Hunter, and his retinue.There is also a fine display of planets: Mercury may be glimpsed low down in the south-western sky after sunset during the first week of April, trailed briefly by red planet Mars.Jupiter is a truly spectacular object, dominating the southerl
Event date(s):
12th May 2019 15:30 - 16:30
South Downs Planetarium - Science & Astronomy

All Aboard - A Tour of the Planets. Monday 27th May 3:30pm

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Come to the Planetarium for a flight of fancy to explore our planetary neighbours.From hot little Mercury, closest planet to the Sun, past cloud-covered Venus, beautiful blue Earth strong and red Mars we head for the outer planets.Through the rocky reaches of the Asteroid Belt beyond Mars, we speed pass giant Jupiter, Saturn wit
Event date(s):
27th May 2019 15:30 - 16:30
South Downs Planetarium - Science & Astronomy

Springtime Stars and Galaxies Tuesday 28th May 3:30pm

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Recent advances in technology have enabled astronomers to discover new planets in orbit around stars beyond our Sun: so-called extrasolar planets, or 'exoplanets' for short.On Spring evenings - if the skies are clear - we can look beyond the veil of stars in our own galaxy, the Milky Way. As we look out into the wider universe we see countless other galaxies, many like our own, but many th
Event date(s):
28th May 2019 15:30 - 16:30
South Downs Planetarium - Science & Astronomy

Hubble's Gloriuos Universe. Friday 31st May

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Since its launch in April 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope has always been in the news. First there was the small error in the shape of the main mirror and the amazing corrective optics fitted by the crew on a Space Shuttle flight. Then we had stunning images of planets, stars and galaxies as Hubble got about its business of exploring the cosmos. It helped to determine the precise age of the Unive
Event date(s):
31st May 2019 15:30 - 16:30
South Downs Planetarium - Science & Astronomy

From the Space Station to the Moon, Mars and Beyond Friday 7th June 7.30pm

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50 years after Neil Armstrong first walked the moon, we can now travel further into space than ever before. NASA with their Orion spacecraft aim to return to the Moon in 2020.Both private companies and NASA are developing the capability to visit the International Space Station and also travel further out into space, NASA will build the Space Launch System, to send 140-ton payloads deeper into spac
Event date(s):
07th June 2019 19:30 - 20:30
South Downs Planetarium - Science & Astronomy

Voyage to Giant Jupiter and its moons. Friday 14th June, 7.30pm

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The brilliant planet Jupiter is visible throughout the night during the current winter months, moving slowly against the background stars of Leo, (The Lion), and Virgo, (The Maiden). It is very obvious in the southern sky.Jupiter is the largest planet of the Sun's family. It is a world of swirling clouds and raging storms. Come and explore this gas giant and some of its 60+ moons. The 'big
Event date(s):
14th June 2019 19:30 - 20:30