Goonhilly Earth Station Nature Reserve

Goonhilly Downs, Helston, Cornwall, TR12 6LQ

Location description

Nature reserve car park located next to Goonhilly Earth Station. This location appears to be a fantastic spot to view the dark skies above although may suffer a little from the nearby installation's light pollution (who are in the process of reducing this!). The nearby satellite dishes could well make for interesting foreground objects for astro-photos as can be seen in the photo credited to Goonhilly Earth Station.


Go stargazing site

A place identified by the Go Stargazing team as a good spot to stargaze from. This is based on local light pollution levels, distance from nearby towns and cities and having somewhere safe to park. These locations tend to be remote car parks with no facilities.


Tonight's weather forecast

22/10/17
19:00
12°
4%
22/10/17
22:00
13°
5%
23/10/17
01:00
14°
78%
23/10/17
04:00
14°
93%
Weather forecast for Kennack Sands (beach) (2.95 miles away) updated 22/10/17 at 20:01.

Location light pollution

This location is estimated to have light pollution levels similar to a rural setting based on satellite data from CPRE.

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The above demonstrates the estimated effect of light pollution - graphics created using Stellarium.

When to stargaze at Goonhilly Earth Station Nature Reserve

This location's rural setting means it benefits from dark skies depending on the time of the year and lunar cycle. In the calendar below where you can see stars indicates when the skies will be dark and the best time to stargaze. Yellow areas show the adverse effects of daylight (bold) and moonlight (faded). Hover over a day to see darkness times or click on a date for more information.

Stargazing events at this location

There are no known forthcoming events at this location.

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When to visit

The best time to visit Goonhilly Earth Station Nature Reserve can be found on this dark skies calendar.

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