South Downs Planetarium

& Science Centre

October Shows
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Shows for

Sept: Shows October Shows

Prices and information

  • Admission: Adults £7:00. 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.

Covid Precautions

mask Face masks must be worn at all times, unless exempt. Under new Government guidelines, family groups attending shows must be six persons or fewer, including children.

Please watch our Covid precautions Video

Cancellations

Cancellations must be received at least 24 hours before the booked show date and time in order to receive a refund or make an alternative booking

Our Presenters

All our shows are presented by a professional astronomer. Learn more about them

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Covid Precautions

Limited Seating During Coronavirus

Audience numbers limited due to Social Distancing requirements. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before advertised showtime because it now takes longer to load the auditorium.

As ticket holders please study and comply with the safety measures set out in the ' 'Our Response to Coronavirus' document.'

This video explains the measures we have taken to make the Planetarium ‘COVID-Secure’...

October Shows

Please note that bookings for each show will close 3 hours before the advertised start time.

A photograph of The Harvest Moon.
Shine on Harvest Moon

Fri 2nd Oct @ 7:30pm

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Limited Availability

Audience numbers limited due to Social Distancing requirements

A photograph of the perseverance Mars Rover.
Is There Life on Mars

Sun 4th Oct @ 3:30pm

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Limited Availability

Audience numbers limited due to Social Distancing requirements

A photograph of galaxies.
Autumn Stars Moons & Planets

Fri 9th Oct @ 7:30pm

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Audience numbers limited due to Social Distancing requirements

A photograph of The Northern Lights.
The Northern Lights

Sun 11th Oct @ 3:30pm

Sorry Sold Out

Audience numbers limited due to Social Distancing requirements

A photograph of The Northern Lights.
The Northern Lights

Fri 16th Oct @ 7:30pm

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Limited Availability

Audience numbers limited due to Social Distancing requirements

A photograph of Jupiter and Saturn, The Mighty Giants.
Jupiter and Saturn, The Mighty Giants

Sun 18th Oct @ 3:30pm

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Limited Availability

Audience numbers limited due to Social Distancing requirements

Our Presenters

A photograph Dr John Mason MBE

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.

A photograph of Graham Bryant.

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 Chairman. 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.

A photograph of Meryl Gouldbourne.

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.