We took Jonathon to Herstmonceux today.  It is Brill!  Jonathon made a bee-line for the outdoor science park, a sort of assault course of scientific principles.  Then the tour was announced.
We heard a brief history of the Royal Observatory and Herstmonceux.  It was designed by architects and designers, without much reference to astronomers.  To appease the locals the observatories were clad in copper, which weathered into a verdigris that blended into the surrounding trees.  Unfortunately, the heat that copper stores up during the day made the telescopes useless until 2 am.  The grounds are very pretty, with sunken gardens, fish ponds and sudden steps.  As all light was banned at night it meant regular broken legs for the observers.
Inside we were treated to telescope facts, and then, wonder of wonders, she opened the dome.
I’m sorry, I couldn’t help myself.  I just had to sing the Thunderbirds theme.  And then she rotated the dome.  I was in boy toy heaven.
Inside the main building there were great hands-on science exhibits.  A great day out.

About snodlander
Snodlander is the nom de plume of Bob Simms. He is an IT trainer, but it's not as glamourous as it sounds. When he's not enthralling classes with adventures through SQL Server, he writes, draws and drinks his own home-brew. Buy his novel on Amazon Kindle at The Young Demon Keeper, It's 74p, for crying out loud!

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