> South Downs Planetarium: The Star of Bethlehem. A cosmic detective story.

South Downs Planetarium

The Star of Bethlehem. A cosmic detective story.

Public Shows for the family (aged 6+)

SDP Car Park

About This Show

Friday, 22nd December, @ 1:30pm

Duration 60min Approx

What was the famous Star in the East that guided the Wise Men to the birthplace of Christ? This show presents an astronomical detective story, exploring the various possibilities for the Christmas Star. Was it a star, a bright planet, a rare grouping of planets, an exploding star, a bright comet, a spectacular shower of shooting stars, or an exceedingly rare display of the Northern Lights?

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.

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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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 accomodate casual vistors.


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 a donation under the Gift Aid scheme. It costs you nothing and gives us more. Download the Gift Aid form here