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Public Presentation: Springtime Stars, Moon and Planets

South Downs Planetarium
Event organized by South Downs Planetarium

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On late Winter and early Springtime evenings - if the skies are clear - we can see some magnificent star patterns including Orion, the Hunter, and his retinue.

There is also a fine display of planets: Mercury may be glimpsed low down in the south-western sky after sunset during the first week of April, trailed briefly by red planet Mars.

Jupiter is a truly spectacular object, dominating the southerly night sky throughout Spring. It will be at its brightest, due to it being at opposition, (opposite the Sun from our viewpoint), in early April, and as close to Earth as it ever gets, at a mere 669 million (or so!) kilometres!

Saturn rises in the early hours, making a fine eastern spectacle for those early pre-dawn risers!

The Full Moon will join the party on the 11th April.

Come to the Planetarium to find out more about all these exciting events.


On Spring evenings - if the skies are clear - we can look beyond the veil of stars in our own galaxy, the Milky Way. As we look out into the wider universe we see countless other galaxies, many like our own, but many that are quite different.

Come and explore this cosmic 'zoo' - dwarf galaxies, giant
galaxies, weird galaxies, and some with supermassive black
holes at their hearts.

Important Notice:
At the start of a Planetarium show, your eyes will take a few minutes to adapt to the dark. For this reason, latecomers cannot be admitted. To avoid this, please ensure that you arrive at least 15 minutes before the start time.

Admission Prices: £7.00 for adults, or £5.00 for children under 16.

PLEASE NOTE that we are unable to accept credit or debit cards at present.

This show is suitable for children age 6 and upwards.


As space in our star theatre is limited, visitors for the public presentations are strongly advised to book tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.

Tickets may be reserved by telephoning the Planetarium on 01243 774400, or the ticketline on 07818 297292.