South Downs Planetarium

& Science Centre

Proposed December Shows
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Booking Information

Currently due to 'lockdown', we do not know whether or not we shall be able to run some or all of the shows listed for December, and we may not know until 2nd December or even later. Please keep an eye on this website for news of our reopening.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the Planetarium just as soon as we are able to do so.

Proposed December Shows

Please click on the video below which explains the measures we have taken to make the Planetarium ‘COVID-Secure’...

Thank you for your continued support

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.
  • Two large FREE car parks available.

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

Meet Our Presenters

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Covid Precautions

As ticket holders please study and comply with the safety measures set out in the '

'Our Response to Coronavirus' document.' [80kb]


Covid Precautions

Coronavirus Information:

mask Face masks must be worn at all times in the Planetarium. If you are in an exempt category we ask you to wear a face shield whilst in the planetarium. Children under 11ys are not required to wear a face covering, but can if they wish. Under the Government guidelines groups of people attending must be 6 or fewer in number.

If you have any symptoms of coronavirus, waiting for a test, or have tested as positive, do not attend the planetarium - we can either refund or reschedule your booking. If you are unsure about any of the above arrangements, please ring us on 01243 774400 to discuss.

December Shows

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December Stars, Planets and Shooting Stars

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December Stars, Planets and Shooting Stars

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The Star of Bethlehem

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The Star of Bethlehem

Private Showing

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The Star of Bethlehem

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The Star of Bethlehem

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The Star of Bethlehem

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The Star of Bethlehem

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Is There Life On Mars?

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Wintertime Stars Moon & Planets

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Wintertime Stars Moon & Planets

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Hubbles Glorious Universe

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All Aboard A Tour Of The Planets

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All Aboard A Tour Of The Planets

Wed 30th Dec @ 3:30pm

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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.