Latest Updates on Observatory Sessions
Please refer to the Observatory Facebook page for the latest updates on the Friday stargazing sessions.
Kindly note that the Observatory is closed on Friday, 31 January 2014 (Chinese New Year) and on 18 April 2014 (Good Friday).
Science Centre Observatory Blog
Our Science Centre Observatory Blog can be accessed via http://scobbers.blogspot.com/.
Free Stargazing Sessions
Time: 7.50pm - 10.00pm every Friday
Venue: The Observatory (at the Omni-Theatre building)
Come discover the constellations that cross our vistas.
(7.30pm - 11.00pm)
|Planets in View*|
|Jan - Mar 2014
||Mars and Jupiter|
|May - Jun 2014
||Mars, Jupiter and Saturn|
|Jul - Oct 2014
||Mars and Saturn|
|Nov - Dec 2014
The moon as well as other stars or star clusters may also be visible during the stargazing session.
Astronomy 101 series
In 2014, Science Centre Observatory team is bringing you a series of astronomy talks. Through this series, we hope to introduce to you the basics of star gazing in Singapore. The talks will be held on the 2nd Friday night of every month. Here’s the list to look forward to:
January – Basics of Astronomy: What are we looking at?
February – Singapore night sky: What can we see?
March – Anatomy of Telescopes
April – Constellations part 1: What are they?
May – My Very Eager Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas
July – Lord of the Rings
August – Birth and Death of Stars
September – Fly me to the Moon
October – Constellations part 2: How to spot them and what do we have here?
November – Meteor showers
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.
List of Astronomical Events
Click here for the List of Astronomical Events.
Singapore Star Maps
Click here for the Singapore Star Maps.
Our Observatory is situated at the following geographical coordinates:
1o 20' 03" N latitude, 103o 44' 14" E longitude, 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.
- The 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.
Click here to access the FAQ page on Stargazing.