. South Downs Planetarium: James Webb Space Telescope First Images.

South Downs Planetarium

First Images James Webb Space Telescope

Friday 15th July @ 7:30pm

Family Fun Day

First Images James Webb Space Telescope

Friday 15th July @ 7:30pm Suitable for adults and older children.

We are delighted and honoured to announce that the South Downs Planetarium & Science Centre has been chosen to take part in the ESA/Webb community events that will be celebrating the release of the very first images and data from the James Webb Space Telescope – the largest, most sophisticated space telescope ever built and launched.

We shall be featuring all of the Webb Early Release Observations and Images in our new, specially-produced live Planetarium show ‘First Images from the James Webb Space Telescope,’ complete with expert commentary, explanations and background material.

After capturing its first images, Webb’s scientific observations will begin, continuing to explore the mission’s key science themes. Teams have already applied through a competitive process for time to use the telescope, in what astronomers call its first ‘cycle,’ or first year of observations. Observations are carefully scheduled to make the most efficient use of the telescope’s time.

Beyond what is already planned for Webb, there are the unexpected discoveries astronomers can’t anticipate. One example: In 1990 when the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope launched, dark energy was completely unknown. Now it is one of the most exciting areas of astrophysics. What might Webb discover? Come to the Planetarium to find out more.

The content of this show is suitable for adults and older children.

Directions & Map.

The South Downs Planetarium and Science Centre is located at the southern end of the Chichester High Schools campus.

There is no direct access off the Chichester Bypass. Vehicular access via Kingsham Road only.

Click here to download a printable copy.

Car Parking

Please note there are two free car parks available.

A photograph of the South Downs Planetarium car park

The South Downs Planetarium one of two car parks.

Note for Satnav users.

Satnav postcode use PO19 8EB

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& the Google Maps option to get you to our gate.

Prices and Admission

Payment and Booking Online here

Opening Times

Because we are a charity run by volunteers we are only open for the public shows from 45 minutes before the published show time. Therefore there is no facility to accommodate casual visitors.


The seats in the main auditorium are ex-aircraft seats. Those in the first two rows are set at a slightly reclined angle to provide the best possible view. They can, however, be tipped forwards to enable easier access to the rows behind when entering and leaving. The seats in the back row do not recline. They provide a wide view of the entire dome area, which some of our visitors prefer.


To ensure that you have the best possible experience, please inform us in advance about any disability needs for assistance or special requirements. Email us on sdownsplanet@btconnect.com or call 01243 774400. The Planetarium building is fully accessible for wheelchairs.

Important Information

Gift Aid

Please also consider making any donations under the Gift Aid scheme. It costs you nothing and gives us more. Download the Gift Aid form here