South Downs Planetarium

James Web Space Telescope: A year of amazing discoveries

Award Winning Shows for the family (aged 6+)

About This Show

Friday, 24th Nov @ 7:30pm

Duration 60min Approx

Content is NOT suitable for those aged under 10 years of age.

Back in July 2022, we were delighted and honoured to announce that the South Downs Planetarium & Science Centre had been chosen to take part in the ESA/Webb community events that celebrated 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.

Since capturing its first images, Webb's scientific observations have continued apace to explore the mission's key science themes, including exoplanet atmospheres, starbirth regions, dying stars, colliding galaxies, the very early universe and much more.

New images and results are being released weekly now and this show is continually updated to feature the very latest results as well as some of the earlier spectacular images.

Some will be shown as breathtaking fulldome views in the Planetarium.Beyond what is already planned for Webb, there are the unexpected discoveries astronomers can’t anticipate.

What might Webb discover?

Come to the Planetarium to find out more.

Directions & Map.


SDP Car Park

Please Note

The only entrance for walkers, cars buses, lorries, coaches, PoGo sticks or Space Hoppers, is by the High School entrance in Kingsham Road, then follow the signs to "The South Downs Planetarium and Science Centre" It is located at the southern end of the Chichester High Schools campus.

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

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Car Parking

There are two free car parks available.

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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Prices and Admission

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.

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