South Downs Planetarium
Astronomy & Science Centre

Further Activities

Image: Courtesy of NASA

The Solar Trail

Our "Solar Trail ", runs along the 200 yards of approach road leading from the school roundabout in front of the Sixth Form Centre down to the Planetarium.

The Solar Trail provides much needed lighting along the approach road utilizing 'full cut-off design' ensuring that there is minimal light pollution.

Displayed on the lamp-posts at regular intervals are intersting facts about each of the planets in the Solar System.

From the new Sports Centre, (named after Major Tim Peake, British astronaut), the trail starts with the dwarf planet Pluto and then in sequence points representing Neptune, Uranus, Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Earth, Venus, Mercury and, finally, the Sun.

The Solar Trail has been made possible through the generosity of the following

  • Seagull Trust,
  • Urbis Lighting Ltd,
  • Brian Fieldhouse,
  • Henry Adams and Partners, with technical advice and assistance from Gerry Davis.

Science Center.

The Science Centre provides a highly adaptable multi-purpose space for use by visiting school groups and as a location for additional exhibits and hands-on activities during courses for adults and children.

A centre for associated sciences

Its role is in exploring and educating not just Astronomy and Astrophysics but also other 'Earth Sciences' such as Geophysics Geomorphology and Meteorology.

An extensive Astronomical Library. ... A Laboratory/Workshop ... An Information Technology Centre.

The ‘Richard Bunker Lecture and Video Theatre’ and ‘Science Centre’

The hall provides seating for over 60 people. As well as providing a secure and comfortable location for visitors to leave coats and bags and to eat lunch. It also include: Viewspace an internet-connected computer and large-format HD TV display to show the latest images, movies, animations and news from the Hubble Space Telescope, NASA spacecraft observatories.

Multiple PC workstations These are used to study satellite images of weather patterns.

Observing with robotic observatories. ... Various displays of our solar system and meteorites.

There is a lot to be learnt at your leisure by studying the stunning 'Graphic Information Boards' in the entrance lobby. Souvenir gift shop The Gift Shop sells a range of low priced items such as pencils, notepads, postcards as well as a range of books from small pamphlets to more academic works.