Where to see the Geminid meteor shower – December 2017

Where to see the Geminid meteor shower – December 2017

This year’s Geminid meteor shower takes place from 4th December to the 16th December with peak activity on the evening of the 13th December through to the morning of 14th December. During the peak up to 120 meteors per hour might be seen with the best time to see them being from midnight through to dawn.

Named after the constellation Gemini from which the meteors appear to radiate this meteor shower is slightly different to others that occur throughout the year. Most meteor showers are caused by dust particles from comets burning up in the atmosphere, however in the case of the Geminids it’s caused by the debris from an asteroid named “3200 Phaethon”. Geminids are renowned for their bright display and sometimes appear as green flashes due to the material they are made of.

Peak activity coincides with a waning crescent moon meaning the moon’s natural light pollution should not affect observing. Darker skies mean more meteors might be seen and therefore it’s worthwhile travelling to a dark sky site to get away from man-made light pollution.

Hours of darkness on 13th December

As always wherever you choose to go first tell someone where you are going, wrap up warm, take some hot drinks and be patient! Good luck spotting them!

Public stargazing events 11th December – 16th December

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Inverclyde Skywatchers Club Meeting

South West Library - Greenock, Greenock, PA16 9HG

Join the friendly and enthusiastic members of the Inverclyde Sky Watchers Astronomy Group for this one of their regular Monday afternoon meetings.  Offering a variety of presentations and astronomical themed talks there's something for everyone....

Monday 11th December 2017 from 15:00pm to 17:00pm

Mills Observatory Open Nights - Winter 2018

Mills Observatory, Dundee, DD2 2UB

You are invited to join the astronomers at Mills Observatory for this one of their regular open evenings through their winter season (October to March).Observe breathtaking views of the moon and planets and see some of the brighter...

Monday 11th December 2017 from 16:00pm to 22:00pm

Introduction to Astronomy at Stonehaugh

Stonehaugh Community Hall, Hexham, NE48 3DZ

Join local astronomer Liam Reid for an evening of astronomy and stargazing from the wonderfully dark village of Stonehaugh.

Monday 11th December 2017 from 19:00pm to 20:30pm

Newbourne Observing Group Meeting

Newbourne Village Hall, Newbourne, IP12 4NP

Members of Orwell Astronomical Society meet every other Monday at Newbourne Village Hall for an evening of observing with some events also including a talk or presentation.  These events are ideal for anyone who is interested in joining the Society...

Monday 11th December 2017 from 19:00pm to 23:00pm

West Didsbury Astronomical Society Meeting

William Hulme's Grammar School, Manchester, M16 8PR

Join the members of West Didsbury Astronomical Society for this one of their regular monthly meetings. Everyone is welcome from complete beginners to more experienced astronomers. These meetings often consist of a talk or presentation by a guest...

Monday 11th December 2017 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

King's Lynn & District Society Meeting

Tottenhill Village Hall, Tottenhill, PE33 0RS

Join members of King's Lynn & District Astronomy Society for their regular meeting at Tottenhill Village hall to discuss all things astronomical with observing if weather permits. Please check with event organiser as these meetings are subject...

Monday 11th December 2017 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Jersey Astronomy Club Observatory Open Night

Sir Patrick Moore Astronomy Centre, St. Brelade, JE3 8LN

Members of Jersey Astronomy Club meet regularly at their observatory located at the Sir Patrick Moore Astronomy Centre on the South of the island.  On the second Monday of every month they have their monthly club meeting which includes a talk by a...

Monday 11th December 2017 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

Orwell Park Observatory Open Evening

Orwell Park Observatory, Nacton, IP10 0ER

This popular open evening offers a guided tour of the Victorian Observatory, you'll learn about it's history and the instruments used there.  If weather permits you'll observe through their impressive Tomline refracting telescope. A small donation...

Monday 11th December 2017 from 20:15pm to 22:00pm

Battlesteads Observatory Open Night

Battlesteads Observatory, Wark, NE48 3LS

Visit Battlesteads Observatory for an evening of stargazing.  Note that event start times are 20:30pm during winter and change to 21:00pm through the summer months.

Monday 11th December 2017 from 20:30pm to 22:30pm

Mills Observatory Open Nights - Winter 2018

Mills Observatory, Dundee, DD2 2UB

You are invited to join the astronomers at Mills Observatory for this one of their regular open evenings through their winter season (October to March).Observe breathtaking views of the moon and planets and see some of the brighter...

Tuesday 12th December 2017 from 16:00pm to 22:00pm

Airdrie Observatory Open Evening

Airdrie Observatory, Airdrie, ML6 0AG

You're guaranteed a warm welcome from the Astronomers of Airdrie Astronomical Association to this one of their special public open evenings of the Airdrie Observatory.  Enjoy an astronomical presentation and observing through the observatory...

Tuesday 12th December 2017 from 17:30pm to 19:00pm

Coats Observatory Winter Viewing Night

Coats Observatory, Paisley, PA1 2BA

Opening on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from November to the end of December these free events give visitors the opportunity to observe the wonders of the night sky up close through powerful telescopes. These events are free with no booking...

Tuesday 12th December 2017 from 18:30pm to 21:00pm

Public Observing at Roseland Observatory

Roseland Observatory, Coombe, PL26 7LE

Everyone is welcome to join the friendly, enthusiastic and experienced astronomers at Roseland Observatory for this one of their regular Tuesday night public open evenings. The venue at Courts Farm near St Austell offers great opportunity to...

Tuesday 12th December 2017 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Lincoln Observatory Open Evening

Lincoln Observatory, Lincoln, LN1 3TZ

Everyone is invited to join the members of Lincoln Astronomical Society for this one of their regular Tuesday evening meetings at their observatory. The first Tuesday of each month is a formal meeting with guest speaker with the remaining Tuesdays...

Tuesday 12th December 2017 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

North Wales Astronomy Society Observing Night

Llanelian Community Centre, Llanelian, LL29

Join members of North Wales Astronomical Society for their observing night. Members of the public welcome to attend for a small charge. Bring your telescope and get expert help!

Tuesday 12th December 2017 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Rosse Observatory Open Night

Rosse Observatory, Pontefract, WF8 3RJ

You are invited to join members of West Yorkshire Astronomical Society for this one of their regular open evenings at Rosse Observatory.Tuesday evenings are primarily for members and tend to be more formal, Friday evenings are more social and...

Tuesday 12th December 2017 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Wynyard Observatory Open Night

Wynyard Planetarium & Observatory, Stockton-on-Tees, TS21 3JG

Join astronomers from Teeside Astronomical Science Centre for their regular Tuesday evening open night at their observatory in Wynyard Park, near the planetarium.These events are weather dependent -- if the skies are looking like they will be...

Tuesday 12th December 2017 from 19:30pm to 21:00pm

Breckland Observatory Open Night

Breckland Astronomical Observatory, Near Attleborough, NR17

Members of the public are welcome to join astronomers from Breckland Astronomical Society for this regular open evening of their observatory at Great Ellingham. These events are weather dependent and will only go ahead if the weather permits...

Tuesday 12th December 2017 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

Cornwall Astronomy Society Meeting & Stargazing

Degibna Chapel, Helston, TR12 7PR

Meeting of Cornwall Astronomy Society to which members of the public are also welcome, including observing afterwards if weather permits.

Tuesday 12th December 2017 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

Keele Observatory Public Open Evening

Keele Observatory, Stoke-on-Trent, ST5 5BG

The Keele Observatory at Keele University is open to the public every Tuesday evening. If the weather permits there will be observing through their large 31cm aperture refracting telescope. If not the observatory will still be open for a short...

Tuesday 12th December 2017 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

Kielder Observatory Open Night

Kielder Observatory, Near Kielder Village, NE48

Kielder Observatory is one of the best stargazing experiences to be had. It's location within the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park and it's friendly and experienced Astronomers make it a must-visit attraction.  Even the journey through...

Tuesday 12th December 2017 from 20:00pm to 23:00pm

Mills Observatory Open Nights - Winter 2018

Mills Observatory, Dundee, DD2 2UB

You are invited to join the astronomers at Mills Observatory for this one of their regular open evenings through their winter season (October to March).Observe breathtaking views of the moon and planets and see some of the brighter...

Wednesday 13th December 2017 from 16:00pm to 22:00pm

Beginners Astronomy and Geminid Meteor Watch

Bainbridge Village Hall, Bainbridge, DL8 3EL

Join experienced astronomers Richard Darn and Dave Williams for this beginners introduction to Astronomy.  The venue is the wonderfully dark village location of Bainbridge, set in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales and away from light pollution....

Wednesday 13th December 2017 from 18:00pm to 21:30pm

Astronomy with the Irregulars

Regent's Park Hub, London, NW1 4RY

Each month the Baker Street Irregular Astronomers organise a free public stargazing event in London's Regent Park.  These are fantastic events to get yourselves out in the fresh air and looking up into the skies, even though the London skies are...

Wednesday 13th December 2017 from 18:30pm to 22:30pm

Astrophotography Workshop - Teesdale Waterfalls

Bowlees Visitor Centre, Middleton-in-Teesdale, DL12 0XF

Join local photographer Gary Lintern in the heart of Teesdale for this special landscape astrophotography event -- this particular event coincides with the peak of the annual Geminids meteor shower. With Gary's expert guidance learn how to...

Wednesday 13th December 2017 from 18:30pm to 21:30pm

Institute of Astronomy Public Open Night

Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge, CB3 0HA

This free event is one of a regular weekly public open evenings at Cambridge University's Institute of Astronomy. The entrance doors open at 18:45pm with seating in the main lecture theatre on a first come basis (there is also an overspill...

Wednesday 13th December 2017 from 18:45pm to 21:00pm

Bridgwater Astronomical Society Meeting

Bawdrip Village Hall, Bridgwater, TA7 8PY

Meeting of Bridgewater Astronomical Society including talk about a 'featured constellation' and a stargazing session weather permitting. New members always welcome!

Wednesday 13th December 2017 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Geminid Meteor Spotting at Raystede

Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare, Ringmer, BN8 5AJ

Join the members from Seven Sisters Astronomical Society for this one of their regular fund raising events at Raystede. The event has been timed to coincide with the annual Geminids meteor shower so wrap up warm, bring a hot flask and enjoy! Note...

Wednesday 13th December 2017 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

Geminids meteor shower at Raystede

Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare, Ringmer, BN8 5AJ

Join members of Seven Sisters Astronomical Society for this fund-raising event at Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare. This particular event has been timed to coincide with the peak of the annual Geminids meteor shower -- arguably the best meteor...

Wednesday 13th December 2017 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

Geminids Meteor Shower Observing

Wembury Beach Car Park, Plymouth, PL9 0HP

Join the members of Plymouth Astronomical Society for this meteor observing session at Wembury Beach Car Park. Please contact the society if you plan to attend.

Wednesday 13th December 2017 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

Geminids Meteorwatch at Crawick Multiverse

Crawick Multiverse, Sanquhar, DG4 6ET

Witness the amazing Geminids meteor shower from the fantastic location of Crawick Multiverse and spot shooting stars with the guidance of local astronomer Steve Owens.

Wednesday 13th December 2017 from 19:00pm to 23:00pm

Weekly Observing at Leighton Observatory

Leighton Observatory, Widnes, WA8 5QW

Hosted by Liverpool Astronomical Society at their Leighton Observatory this weekly observing session is a great opportunity to have a look through their telescopes. All members of the public welcome.

Wednesday 13th December 2017 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Geminids Meteor Shower Watch at Breckland Observatory

Breckland Astronomical Observatory, Near Attleborough, NR17

Join members of Breckland Astronomical Society for this free public event to see the Geminids meteor shower from their observatory including observing through their 20 inch telescope. Wrap up warm, hot drinks available and heaters inside.

Wednesday 13th December 2017 from 19:30pm to 22:30pm

Geminids meteors observing with White Peak Astronomical Group

The National Stone Centre, Wirksworth, DE4 4LS

Join members from the White Peak Astronomical Observing Group for this special event timed to coincide with the maximum of the Geminids meteor shower. Please confirm your attendance with the group via Facebook prior to travelling.

Wednesday 13th December 2017 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Introduction to Astrophotography at Jodrell Bank

Jodrell Bank Observatory, Macclesfield, SK11 9DL

Join the knowledgeable team at Jodrell Bank for this fun introduction to Astrophotograpy. Learn how to use a DSLR or compact camera to capture images of the night sky from wide views of constellations to close-ups of the moon. No previous...

Wednesday 13th December 2017 from 19:30pm to 22:00pm

Piazzi Smyth Observatory Public Open Evening

Piazzi Smyth Observatory, Bedford, MK40 2TU

Join Bedford Astronomical Society for an evening of observing using the large aperture telescope at Bedford School's Piazzi Smyth Observatory. These events are held every Wednesday between October and April and only when the weather is clear.  Note...

Wednesday 13th December 2017 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Salford Observatory Open Evening

Salford Observatory, Chasely Fields, M6 7DZ

Find out more about Salford Astronomical Society and observe through their large 18.5" reflecting telescope by joining their members on this one of their frequent observatory open nights. Attendance is free with no obligation to join. These events...

Wednesday 13th December 2017 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Geminids Meteor Watch at The Sill

The Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre, Hexham, NE47 7AN

See the Geminids Meteor shower at the Sill Discovery Centre at this special event suitable for beginners and families with children 11 years and older.

Wednesday 13th December 2017 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

Geminids Observing with Wolverhampton Astronomical Society

Trysull Village Hall, Trysull, WV5 7HP

Join members from Wolverhampton Astronomical Society for this observing session timed to coincide with the peak of the Geminids meteor shower. This event is weather dependent -- please check with the event organisers before travelling!

Wednesday 13th December 2017 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

Hertford Astronomy Group Meeting

Panshanger Golf Complex, Welwyn Garden City, AL7 2ED

Join members of Hertford Astronomy Group for their monthly meeting comprising of an astronomically themed talk and observing afterwards if weather permits. Small on-the-door charge to non-members.

Wednesday 13th December 2017 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

General Observing at Orwell Park Observatory

Orwell Park Observatory, Nacton, IP10 0ER

By appointment only it is possible for members of the public to join members of Orwell Astronomical Society for this one of their regular Wednesday evening observing sessions at Orwell Park Observatory.  This observatory, accessible only by a...

Wednesday 13th December 2017 from 20:15pm to 22:00pm

Battlesteads Observatory Open Night

Battlesteads Observatory, Wark, NE48 3LS

Visit Battlesteads Observatory for an evening of stargazing.  Note that event start times are 20:30pm during winter and change to 21:00pm through the summer months.

Wednesday 13th December 2017 from 20:30pm to 22:30pm

Mills Observatory Open Nights - Winter 2018

Mills Observatory, Dundee, DD2 2UB

You are invited to join the astronomers at Mills Observatory for this one of their regular open evenings through their winter season (October to March).Observe breathtaking views of the moon and planets and see some of the brighter...

Thursday 14th December 2017 from 16:00pm to 22:00pm

Coats Observatory Winter Viewing Night

Coats Observatory, Paisley, PA1 2BA

Opening on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from November to the end of December these free events give visitors the opportunity to observe the wonders of the night sky up close through powerful telescopes. These events are free with no booking...

Thursday 14th December 2017 from 18:30pm to 21:00pm

Heaton Park Astronomy Group Meeting

Heaton Park Bowls Pavilion - Prestwich, Prestwich, M25 2GT

Join the members of Heaton Park Astronomy Group for this one of their regular meetings at Heaton Park Bowls Pavilion. If the skies are clear there will be observing through telescopes, if not there is plenty of opportunity to chat about all things...

Thursday 14th December 2017 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Observing with Manchester Astronomical Society

Godlee Observatory, Manchester, M1 7AY

Join members of the Manchester Astronomical Society for their weekly Thursday night observing session at the Godlee Observatory. Members of the public are welcome to attend a few sessions for free before deciding if they would like to join the...

Thursday 14th December 2017 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Practical Astronomy with Basingstoke Astronomical Society

Cliddesden Primary School, Basingstoke, RG25 2QU

Join members of Basingstoke Astronomical Society as they share practical observing skills using a variety of equipment. If you need assistance with your telescope or are just interested why not go along -- you'd be more than welcome!

Thursday 14th December 2017 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Public Observing at Cygnus Observatory

Cygnus Observatory, Washington, NE38 8LE

Members of the public are invited to join enthusiastic members of Sunderland Astronomical Society for an evening of stargazing and observing through their large aperture telescopes. If you need assistance with your own telescope you are welcome to...

Thursday 14th December 2017 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Public Observing at York Knavesmire

York Knavesmire, York, YO23 1ER

Join members of York Astronomical Society for this stargazing event on the outskirts of York City Centre, still plenty of cool things to see through a telescope despite the light pollution! It's free!

Thursday 14th December 2017 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Wilton Park Observatory Open Night

Wilton Park Observatory, Batley, WF17 0AS

Join members of Batley & Spenborough Astronomical Society as they open their observatory in Wilton Park for this one of their regular weekly society meetings and observing nights. Members of the public are welcome to attend in return for a small...

Thursday 14th December 2017 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

Observation Evening with Torbay Astro

Torquay Boys Grammar School, Torquay, TQ2 7EL

Join members of Torbay Astronomical Society as they open their observatory for an evening of stargazing. Non-members welcome for a small fee.

Thursday 14th December 2017 from 19:30pm to 22:00pm

Stargazing at Durlston with Wessex Astronomical Society

Durlston Astronomy Centre, Swanage, BH19 2JL

Everyone is invited to join the members of Wessex Astronomical Society at the Durlston Astronomy Centre for this one of their regular public meetings and stargazing sessions. These events consist of an astronomical themed presentation then...

Thursday 14th December 2017 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Starquest Astronomy Club Meeting

Sutton Veny Village Hall, Sutton Veny, BA12 7AP

Everyone is welcome to this regular monthly meeting of Starquest Astronomy Club. Their meeting location of Sutton Veny Village Hall is located under some fantastic dark skies with observing sessions taking place in the Memorial Field next to the...

Thursday 14th December 2017 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Kielder Observatory Open Night

Kielder Observatory, Near Kielder Village, NE48

Kielder Observatory is one of the best stargazing experiences to be had. It's location within the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park and it's friendly and experienced Astronomers make it a must-visit attraction.  Even the journey through...

Thursday 14th December 2017 from 20:00pm to 23:00pm

Loughton Astronomical Society Meeting

Theydon Bois Scout Hall, Epping, CM16 7EJ

Everyone is invited to join the members of Loughton Astronomical Society for this one of their regular Thursday evening meetings which include a wide variety of different activities including presentations and observing.

Thursday 14th December 2017 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

Stargazing at the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory

Scottish Dark Sky Observatory, Dalmellington, KA6 7PZ

Amaze at the wonderfully dark skies above Galloway, see the Milky Way arching overhead and observe through large aperture instruments with the assistance of experienced resident and volunteer Astronomers. Events take place most weekday and weekend...

Thursday 14th December 2017 from 20:00pm to 23:00pm

Observing with Barry Astronomical Society

Porthkerry Country Park, Barry, CF62 3BY

Join astronomers from Barry Astronomical Society for this observing session at Porthkerry Country Park. This is a great opportunity to escape the bright lights and look up! Note that this event will only take place if the weather is good -- check...

Thursday 14th December 2017 from 20:30pm to 22:30pm

Walsall Astronomical Society Meeting

Rushall Olympic Football Club, Rushall, WS4 1LJ

Members of the Walsall Astronomical Society meet most Thursday evenings at the ground of Rushall Olympic FC. The group consists of many active observers with a range of telescopes with new members being welcome to join. On the third Thursday of...

Thursday 14th December 2017 from 20:30pm to 22:30pm

Stargazing with University of St Andrews Astronomical Society

St Andrews Observatory, St Andrews, KY16

Witness the beauty of the Universe with St Andrews University Astronomical Society! Every Thursday night the society's members open the doors of the St Andrews Observatory to the public, rain or star-shine! With two research grade telescopes as...

Thursday 14th December 2017 from 21:00pm to 22:30pm

Starcamp at Bellingham Campsite

Bellingham Camp & Caravan Club Site, Hexham, NE48 2HR

Join us for a weekend of stargazing  within the newest and largest Gold Tier Dark Skies park in Europe.  The weekend will include talks given by the Starmakers Stargazing Events astronomers, night sky observing with the help of...

Friday 15th December 2017 from 00:00am to Sunday 17th December 2017 23:59pm

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Mills Observatory Open Nights - Winter 2018

Mills Observatory, Dundee, DD2 2UB

You are invited to join the astronomers at Mills Observatory for this one of their regular open evenings through their winter season (October to March).Observe breathtaking views of the moon and planets and see some of the brighter...

Friday 15th December 2017 from 16:00pm to 22:00pm

See Tim Peake's Spacecraft and Stargaze at Shildon

Shildon National Railway Museum, Shildon, DL4 2RE

The National Railway Museum in Shildon hosts an exhibition from 22nd November 2017 to 15th January 2018 featuring the actual Soyuz spacecraft that returned British Astronaut Tim Peake to Earth! You can even experience this 400km journey yourself in...

Friday 15th December 2017 from 16:00pm to 21:00pm

Edinburgh Observatory Open Evening (Winter)

Edinburgh Royal Observatory, Edinburgh, EH9 3HJ

This event is one of many regular public open evenings at the The Royal Observatory in Edinburgh which take place all year round. Find our more about the historic contributions the observatory has made with a team of astronomers who will help you...

Friday 15th December 2017 from 18:30pm to 21:00pm

Stargazing at Kirroughtree

Kirroughtree Forest Visitor Centre, Newton Stewart, DG8 7BE

Join a team of Dark Sky Rangers for this public stargazing event under the dark skies of Kirroughtree.  Ticket required which includes hot food and drinks, presentations and stargazing.

Friday 15th December 2017 from 18:30pm to 20:30pm

Observing at High Legh Community Observatory

High Legh Community Observatory, High Legh, WA16 6NS

Join members of High Legh Astronomical Society in their charming and welcoming observatory. Open every Friday evening (weather permitting) and free of charge this is a great opportunity to go stargazing with a friendly and enthusiastic bunch of...

Friday 15th December 2017 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Stargazing and Astrophotography in Elan Valley

Elan Valley - Visitor Centre, Rhayader, LD6 5HP

Join a small group for this unique opportunity to experience the dark skies of the Elan Vally with an experienced team duo of astronomers from Dark Sky Wales. You'll be given a guided tour around the constellations of the night sky learning...

Friday 15th December 2017 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

Ashford Astronomical Society Meeting

Woodchurch Memorial Hall, Woodchurch, TN26 3QB

Regular "last Friday of the month" meeting (this one has moved to 15th December due to Christmas) of the Ashford Astronomical Society with presentation / talk and observing afterwards (weather permitting).

Friday 15th December 2017 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Christmas Star Party at Chambers Farm Wood

Chambers Farm Wood - Forestry Commission, Market Rasen, LN8 5JR

Join Astronomer Richard Darn for this extra-special pre-Christmas stargazing event at Chambers Farm Wood.  It's being held around the peak time for the Geminid meteor shower -- arguably the best meteor shower of the year.  There will be telescopes...

Friday 15th December 2017 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

North Norfolk Astronomy Society Meeting

Binham Village Hall, Fakenam, NR21

Members of North Norfolk Astronomy Society meet on the third Friday of each month at Binham Village Hall for a talk / presentation and observing outside if weather permits.

Friday 15th December 2017 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Rosse Observatory Open Night

Rosse Observatory, Pontefract, WF8 3RJ

You are invited to join members of West Yorkshire Astronomical Society for this one of their regular open evenings at Rosse Observatory.Tuesday evenings are primarily for members and tend to be more formal, Friday evenings are more social and...

Friday 15th December 2017 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Seething Observatory Public Open Night

Seething Observatory, Thwaite, NR35 2EQ

Escape the city lights and go milky way hunting at this well placed observatory. Enjoy a presentation and tour of the observatory facilities and, if the sky is clear, observe through the large aperture telescopes. Small entrance fee, children...

Friday 15th December 2017 from 19:30pm to 22:00pm

Wynyard Planetarium Public Star Show

Wynyard Planetarium & Observatory, Stockton-on-Tees, TS21 3JG

Enjoy a family-friendly full-dome immersive presentation at Wynyard Planetarium and join astronomers after the show for stargazing and observing using their observatory telescope (if weather permits).

Friday 15th December 2017 from 19:30pm to 21:00pm

James Irwin Observatory Public Open Evening

James Irwin Observatory, Canterbury, CT2 8QA

Members of the public are invited to join Astronomers from Mid-Kent Astronomical Society for this one of their regular observatory open evenings. These events only take place if the weather permits observing. Attendees are asked to first meet in...

Friday 15th December 2017 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

North Pennines Astronomy Society Stargazing

North Pennines Observatory, Allenheads, NE47 9HR

Join members of the North Pennines Astronomy Society for this one of their regular stargazing sessions at the North Pennines Observatory. This event will take place over the weekend with the exact evening dependent on weather conditions.

Friday 15th December 2017 from 20:00pm to Sunday 17th December 2017 23:00pm

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Public Observing at JSL Observatory

Jim Savage-Lowden Observatory, Culloden Moor, IV2 5EU

Join members of the Highlands Astronomical Society for this public stargazing session at their observatory, weather permitting. Check with the event organisers via their website (link below) to ensure the event is going ahead. Admission is free...

Friday 15th December 2017 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

Stargazing at the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory

Scottish Dark Sky Observatory, Dalmellington, KA6 7PZ

Amaze at the wonderfully dark skies above Galloway, see the Milky Way arching overhead and observe through large aperture instruments with the assistance of experienced resident and volunteer Astronomers. Events take place most weekday and weekend...

Friday 15th December 2017 from 20:00pm to 23:00pm

Starnight Observing with Nene Valley Astro

Chelveston Village Hall, Chelveston, NN9 6AT

Join members of Nene Valley Astronomical Society for their regular "Starnight" observing session -- this event will only go ahead if the weather forecast looks good enough for stargazing -- to confirm check the Nene Valley Astro Twitter account...

Friday 15th December 2017 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

Battlesteads Observatory Open Night

Battlesteads Observatory, Wark, NE48 3LS

Visit Battlesteads Observatory for an evening of stargazing.  Note that event start times are 20:30pm during winter and change to 21:00pm through the summer months.

Friday 15th December 2017 from 20:30pm to 22:30pm

Bryan Joynes Observatory Open Night

Brian Joynes Observatory, Doncaster, DN10 6RG

Join members of Doncaster Astronomical Society at their Brian Joynes Observatory for this one of their regular Friday observing sessions. These events are open to the public (small fee) however weather permitting so please check first with event...

Friday 15th December 2017 from 21:30pm to 22:30pm

Keele Observatory Solar Observing

Keele Observatory, Stoke-on-Trent, ST5 5BG

Every Saturday afternoon the Keele Observatory is open to the public for solar observing. See our closest star like you may never have done before! The observatory is open no matter the weather with a short tour of the facility and a chance to chat...

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Stargazing at Tilgate Park

Tilgate Park - Crawley, Crawley, RH10 5PQ

Astronomers from Crawley Astronomical Society are organising a public stargazing session at Tilgate Park on the evening of 16th December. If you have a telescope you would be more than welcome to take it along. £2 on the door to help cover costs....

Tonight from 17:00

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Tilgate Park Observing

Tilgate Park - Crawley, Crawley, RH10 5PQ

Join members from Crawley Astronomical Society for this observing session on the evening of the Winter Solstice, organised in association with Crawley Borough Council.

Tonight from 17:00

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Observing with Fordingbridge Astro

Hyde Common - Pentons Hill, Hyde, SP6 2QJ

Join members of Fordingbrdige Astronomical Society for this regular stargazing session at their observing location in Hyde, near Fordingbridge. Members of the public welcomed although are asked to abide by observing guidelines including the use of...

Tonight from 18:00

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Public observing with Bath Astronomers

Wellow Public Car Park, Wellow, BA2 8QB

Escape the bright city lights and join members of Bath Astronomers for this public stargazing session at their favoured dark sky location in Wellow. This short notice event will only go ahead weather permitting -- an announcement will be made on...

Tonight from 18:00

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Stargazing with Sheffield Astronomical Society

Sportsman Inn at Lodge Moor, Sheffield, S10 5NF

Join members of Sheffield Astronomical Society for this one of their regular weather-dependent observing evenings with stargazing from the sports field next to the Sportsman Inn.

Tonight from 18:30

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Dark Sky Stargazing at the Crawick Multiverse

Crawick Multiverse, Sanquhar, DG4 6ET

Join local astronomer Steve Owens for this fantastic dark sky stargazing experience from the impressive location of Crawick Multiverse.

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Observing Evening with St Neots Astro

Paxton Pits Nature Reserve, Little Paxton, PE19 6ET

Members of the public are welcome to join St Neots Astronomy Association for this observing evening at Paxton Pits Nature Reserve. First attendance free of charge.

Tonight from 19:00

16/12/17
18:00
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Saturday Public Open Night at Failand Observatory

Failand Observatory, Near Wraxall, BS8 3US

Members of Bristol Astronomical Society open up their observatory at Failand most Saturday nights if the weather forecast allows for observing -- a notice will be shown on the Bristol Astronomical Society website on the evening to indicate if the...

Tonight from 19:00

16/12/17
18:00
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Stargazing and Astrophotography in Brecon

Brecon - Libanus Mountain Centre, Brecon, LD3 8ER

Stargazing in the Brecon Beacons with your very own astronomer for the evening in one of the world’s few Dark Sky areas! Take a tour of the night sky, viewing familiar and unfamiliar constellations of the northern hemisphere, find various deep sky...

Tonight from 19:00

16/12/17
18:00
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Stargazing with Aylesbury Astronomical Society

Winchendon Observatory, Aylesbury, HP18

Every Friday night during the observing season (September through to end of May) and weather permitting the members of Aylesbury Astronomy Society hold observing sessions at their out-of-town observatory located near the village of Upper...

Tonight from 19:00

16/12/17
18:00
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Norman Lockyer Observatory Open Evening

Norman Lockyer Observatory, Sidmouth, EX10 0NY

Tour of the history telescopes at the Norman Lockyer Observatory to include a short talk, planetarium presentation, tour of the technology centre and observing if clear. Entrance fee applies, no need to pre-book.

Tonight from 19:15

16/12/17
18:00
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Kenley Observatory Open Night

Kenley Observatory, Kenley, CR8 5EP

Members of Croydon Astronomical Society open the doors of their Kenley Observatory to the public every Saturday evening from Autumn through to early Summer. Events are subject to good weather conditions therefore please check before visiting by...

Tonight from 19:30

16/12/17
18:00
45%

Observing with Derby & District Astro

Flamsteed Observatory, Brailsford, DE6 3BE

Join members of Derby & District Astronomical Society for their monthly public observing session at their Flamsteed Observatory located within easy travel distance north-west from Derby. Events are weather dependent -- please check with event...

Tonight from 19:30

16/12/17
18:00
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Seething Observatory Public Open Night

Seething Observatory, Thwaite, NR35 2EQ

Escape the city lights and go milky way hunting at this well placed observatory. Enjoy a presentation and tour of the observatory facilities and, if the sky is clear, observe through the large aperture telescopes. Small entrance fee, children...

Tonight from 19:30

16/12/17
18:00
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Stargazing Saturday at the Astronomy Centre

The Astronomy Centre, Near Todmorden, OL14 7HP

Every Saturday night (weather permitting) the Astronomy Centre opens its observatory doors to the public for an evening of stargazing. This is perhaps the best equipped observatory in the UK hosting a wide range of large aperture telescopes. Please...

Tonight from 19:30

16/12/17
18:00
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Observing at Ford with Shropshire Astro Society

Ford Heath Caravan & Campsite, Shrewsbury, SY5 9GD

Everyone is welcome to join lead astronomer Stan Courtney and members of Shropshire Astronomical Society for this observing session at Ford Heath Caravan Park. Be sure to wrap up warm and take a flask -- a fantastic way to spend an evening in the...

Tonight from 20:00

16/12/17
18:00
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Pictures in the Dark - Astrophotography

Ingram Village Hall, Near Powburn, NE66 4LT

Learn from experts how to take photographs of the night skies at the wonderful dark sky location of Ingram Village Hall. Numbers attending the event are limited to ensure one-to-one tuition. Warm refreshments provided throughout the evening....

Tonight from 20:00

16/12/17
18:00
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Stargazing at the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory

Scottish Dark Sky Observatory, Dalmellington, KA6 7PZ

Amaze at the wonderfully dark skies above Galloway, see the Milky Way arching overhead and observe through large aperture instruments with the assistance of experienced resident and volunteer Astronomers. Events take place most weekday and weekend...

Tonight from 20:00

16/12/17
18:00
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