South Downs Planetarium

& Science Centre

Events & Booking Information

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Prices and information

  • Admission: Adults £8:00. Children 6 to 16 years £5:00.
  • Not Suitable for children under 6 years of age.
  • Duration 60min Approx
  • Opening Times: 45 minutes before the show.
  • Two large FREE car parks available.

Meet Our Presenters

August Shows

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Our Galaxy, the Milky Way

Sun 1st August @ 3:30pm

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Summer Nights, Shooting Stars

Tues 3rd August @ 3:30pm

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Summer Nights, Shooting Stars

Thurs 5th August @ 3:30pm

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Summertime Stars, Moon and Planets

Sunday 15th August @ 3:30pm

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All Aboard A Tour of The Planets

Tuesday 17th August @ 3:30pm

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Summertime Stars, Moon and Planets

Thursday 19th August @ 3:30pm

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Amazing Moons of the Solar System

Sun 22nd August @ 3:30pm

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Distant Worlds Alien Life

Tues 24th August @ 3:30pm

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Summertime Stars, Moon and Planets

Thursday 26th August @ 3:30pm

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Our Galaxy, the Milky Way

Sun 29th August @ 3:30pm

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All Aboard A Tour of The Planets

Mon 30th August @ 3:30pm

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September Shows

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Our Presenters

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John Mason MBE

Applied Physicist

John has been actively involved in astronomy and space science for almost 50 years. Past President of the British Astronomical Association, a full member of the International Astronomical Union and is currently Education Officer and Principal Lecturer at the South Downs Planetarium in Chichester. He lectures extensively in the UK and overseas on a wide range of scientific topics with a reputation as a passionate communicator of science. He has led many expeditions overseas to observe the Northern Lights, total solar eclipses and meteor showers. He is a frequent broadcaster on radio and television.

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Graham Bryant

President of the Hampshire Astronomical Group

Graham has been involved in astronomy for the past 50 years and is currently a Trustee of the South Downs Planetarium and also President of the Hampshire Astronomical Group. Graham has been a supporter of the Planetarium for many years and has become more deeply involved since retiring from the Health Service in 2012. He teaches the Astronomy for Beginner’s course at a nearby observatory of which he is also the President. Graham has for many years given talks to numerous outside organisations on astronomy and space flight. More recently, Graham has been an Aurora/Astronomy tour guide, leading a number of trips to Iceland and Norway.

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Meryl Gouldbourne

Citizen Scientist

Meryl is an active ‘Citizen Scientist' with the Zooniverse Project’ having discovered more than 70 Supernovas and other transient items. She actively participates in the LIGO and VIRGO experiment analysis as well as mapping the Bennu asteroid. Meryl also engages with ‘Outreach’ activities including Schools, Dark Sky events and observing evenings. She is also an authority on Meteorites.