If you’ve looked up at the skies recently and seen what looks like a bright star in the night sky, you’d be looking at Jupiter at the closest it’s been to earth in 60 years. Cool, right?
Apart from that, there’s more exciting solar phenomena happening too – with a total lunar eclipse and a blood moon coming up on November 8 2022. Better yet, you can get a chance to see these celestial events up close at the Science Centre’s Observatory, which is open to the public on Friday evenings, offering different programmes on different weeks.
After dark, the Science Centre Observatory comes to life, bringing with it the fascinating skies above. At the Stargazing At Science Centre Observatory And Digital Planetarium Show In Omni Theatre (S$17), be wowed by an immersive planetarium show at the Omni-Theatre, Asia’s first 3D digital theatre as you marvel at nebulas in outer space, and get a close-up look at the Milky Way.
Then, more fun happens as you enter the observatory. Here’s where you can observe celestial objects such as planets, moons, and stars from the observatory’s telescopes. And this month (October 2022), you’ll be able to see Jupiter, Saturn, and other celestial objects. The observatory’s staff will also point out fascinating sights, guide you on viewing planets, and share intriguing stories about the galaxy.
For those looking to start your astronomy journey, check out the Crash Course Astronomy session (S$80), where you’ll get a deeper look into the workings of the observatory. Make your own paper sundial and planisphere in a guided workshop that points out the various constellations, and learn how to set up a telescope. You’ll get the chance to set up a telescope and observe the stars as well.
Or for young astronauts, try the Young Astronaut Experience (S$80), which lets your child make and take home their own Galileo Telescope, as well as experience a VR simulation that takes them on the Apollo 11 mission, the first time humans landed on the moon, in addition to stargazing.
Other than their usual Friday sessions, the Observatory occasionally holds viewing events such as during eclipses, and blood moons, so stay tuned for that! Tickets are released a month in advance and are snapped up fairly fast, so don’t miss your chance!
So, if you’ve looking to make plans for your Friday night, head over to the Science Centre Observatory and experience outer space like never before.
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