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Latest Updates on Observatory Sessions

 Please refer to the Observatory Facebook page for the latest updates on the Friday stargazing sessions.


   


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The Observatory is closed on the following dates:

Date Occasion
14 April 2017 Good Friday
1 September 2017 Hari Raya Haji

Come discover the constellations that cross our vistas.

Viewing Period
(7.30pm - 11.00pm)
Planets in View
Jan - Mar 2017 Venus, Mars
Apr 2017  Mars, Jupiter
May 2017 Jupiter
Jun - Sep 2017 Jupiter, Saturn
Oct - Nov 2017 Saturn

The moon as well as other stars or star clusters may also be visible during the stargazing session.  Back To Top

Observatory

Our Observatory is situated at the following geographical coordinates:
1.3342 deg N latitude, 103.7357 deg E longtitude, 15.27 m Height (m.s.l)

Our Observatory is one of the few in the world that is located next to the Equator. This unique position opens up more vistas in the sky and allows us to view constellations in both the northern and southern celestial hemispheres.

Our Observatory is also endowed with a range of sophisticated facilities as well as a classroom for astronomy lessons, slide shows and public talks to enhance your stargazing experience:

  • The main telescope is a 40-cm Cassegrain reflector of combined focal length 520-cm.
  • Its sub-telescope is a 15-cm apochromatic Kepler refractor of focal length 180-cm.
  • The equatorial mount for the telescopes was designed with an accompanying English yoke to provide the necessary stability for the drive and tracking mechanisms.
  • The 5.5-metre stainless steel dome can be made to swivel in any direction and its shutter can be made to slide open to focus the telescope on interesting objects in the sky.

Other stargazing instruments include some portable telescopes and a smaller observation dome that houses our second largest telescope - an 11" telescope coupled with a 7" telescope. Both telescopes are Cassegrain reflectors.

*Due to limited capacity at the main telescope, visitors will need a Q card to view it. Q cards will be given from 7.30pm onwards at the registration counter, while stocks last.Back To Top

 

Astronomy 101 series

In 2017, Science Centre Observatory team continues to bring you a series of astronomy talks. Through this series, we hope to introduce to you the basics of stargazing in Singapore. The talks will be held on the 2nd Friday of every month. Here’s the list to look forward to:

  • January 13 – Basics of Astronomy: What are we talking about?
  • February 10 – Tools for stargazing: Anatomy of Telescopes
  • March 10 – Seasons and the Sun
  • May 12 – Astrology versus Astronomy
  • June 9 – Solar System
  • July 14 – Dwarf Planets
  • August 11 – Space Junk
  • September 8 – Moon
  • October 13 – Space Exploration
  • November 10 – Dwarf Planets

Time: 8pm & 9pm
Duration of each talk: 20 minutes
Venue: Science Centre Observatory
No fee or registration is required to attend the talks, just join us! Admission to The Observatory is FREE.

*The schedule is subject to changes. Please check our Facebook page for latest updates to avoid disappointment.   Back To Top

 

New! Share your passion for astronomy with others

Science Centre Observatory is inviting you to share with our visitors on any topics related to astronomy! We offer our classroom for your use every 4th Friday of the month starting from Jan 2016!
Simply fill up the form here and give us a 50 - 100 words synopsis of your topic and we will publicise on your behalf!

*We will contact you within 3 working days upon signing up. Content for your talk needs to be submitted to us for review at least 1 week in advance.

Astronomy programmes for booking

If you would like to book the Observatory for a private event, we offer the following packages for you to choose from. Each talk or planetarium show will be followed by a guided stargazing session (if weather permits). Each talk or show runs for 30 minutes.

Time Programme A Programme B Programme C
(at your desired venue)
7.30pm Astronomy 101 talk Digital Planetarium show Introduction to stargazing in Singapore
8.00pm  Guided stargazing Guided stargazing Guided stargazing
9.30pm Programme ends Programme ends Programme ends

List of Astronomy 101 talks 

I. Introduction to Astronomy: What are we looking at?
II. Anatomy of a Telescope
III. Birth and Death of Stars
IV. Constellations in Singapore’s Night Sky
V. Constellations & Chinese folklore
VI. Eclipses
VII. Fly Me to the Moon
VIII. Gas Giants
IX. Lord of the Rings
X. Meteor showers
XI. My Very Eager Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas
XII. Space Junk

List of Digital Planetarium shows

I. Exploring the Planets
II. Cosmic Surfing
III. What’s Up There?
IV. Climate Change

Programme fee:

Please write to us to ask for a quote if you wish to book a programme.
To book a programme, please download the booking form here and fax the completed form to 6561 6361. You may contact Ms Charlene Yeo at Charlene_Yeo@science.edu.sg for enquiries.
* Astronomy programmes are not available for bookings on Friday, school and public holidays. Please consider joining our public sessions if you would like to come on Friday or school holidays.

List of Astronomical Events

Click here for the List of Astronomical Events.

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Click here for the Singapore Star Maps.

Click here to access the FAQ page on Stargazing.


 

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