The Observatory Science Centre

Herstmonceux, Hailsham, BN27 1RN

Location description

Home of the Herstmonceux Observatory this is an interactive hands-on science centre promoting interest in science for everyone. Whilst the centre is open most days access to the observatory appears to be limited to special open evening events. Sat nav users should look up the location's website for directions.

Location event organiser

Observatory Science Centre organises stargazing events at this location.


Location has an observatory that is accessible to the public by prior arrangement or during public events.

Tonight's weather forecast

Weather forecast for Herstmonceux Castle (0.17 miles away) updated 25/05/17 at 06:00.

Light pollution

This location is estimated to have light pollution levels similar to a semi-rural setting based on satellite data from CPRE.

Dark site
The above demonstrates the estimated effect of light pollution - graphics created using Stellarium.

When to stargaze at The Observatory Science Centre

This location's semi-rural setting means it benefits from dark skies depending on the time of the year and lunar cycle. In the calendar below where you can see stars indicates when the skies will be dark and the best time to stargaze. Yellow areas show the adverse effects of daylight (bold) and moonlight (faded). Hover over a day to see darkness times or click on a date for more information.

Forthcoming events at this location

Herstmonceux Observatory - Perseids Meteor Shower 2017

Friday 11th August 2017 from 20:00pm to Saturday 12th August 2017 00:30am
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)


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When to visit

The best time to visit The Observatory Science Centre can be found on this dark skies calendar.

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