. South Downs Planetarium: Summer Nights, Shooting Stars

South Downs Planetarium

Summer Nights Shooting Stars

Public Shows for the family (aged 6+)

SDP Car Park

About This Show

Thursday 28th July @ 3:30pm

Duration 60min Approx

Join us for a guided tour of the Summer night sky.

The fine, clear evenings of the Summer months provide great opportunities for stargazing. See stars, fabulous star clusters, glowing multi-coloured clouds of gas and dust, and just possibly a brilliant shooting star flashing across the heavens!

On late Spring and Summer evenings - if the skies are clear - we can see some familiar star patterns, including the Great Bear, Leo, (the Lion), Virgo, (the Maiden), Scorpius, (the Scorpion), and many others.

In July and August, from dark locations, the faintly glowing band of the Milky Way will be seen arching right across the sky. There is also a fine display of planets. The lovely Red Planet Mars is seen as soon as darkness falls, and the beautiful ringed planet Saturn is also well placed. Venus becomes a brilliant object in the early morning sky by the end of June.

Come to the Planetarium for a breathtaking tour of the night sky and to find out more about what there is to be seen on clear evenings in late spring and summer.

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

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..

Seating

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.

Accessibility

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