James Irwin Observatory

Canterbury Adult Education Centre, Canterbury, CT2 8QA

Location description

The James Irwin Observatory is located within the grounds of Canterbury Academy and Adult Education Centre. Access to the observatory is only by prior arrangement through one of the public opening evenings run by Mid-Kent Astronomical Society. The observatory itself is home to a huge half-meter aperture Grubb-Parsons telescope, originally built to train students at Edinburgh University and relocated to the South West in 2012.


Location event organiser

Mid-Kent Astronomical Society organises stargazing events at this location.


Astronomical society

Meeting place for local astronomical society, often in a location that enables stargazing and observing.


Observatory

Location has an observatory that is accessible to the public by prior arrangement or during public events.


Tonight's weather forecast

23/10/17
19:00
14°
6%
23/10/17
22:00
13°
4%
24/10/17
01:00
13°
6%
24/10/17
04:00
14°
16%
Weather forecast for Canterbury (0.83 miles away) updated 23/10/17 at 00:01.

Location light pollution

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

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Forthcoming events at this location

James Irwin Observatory Public Open Evening

Thursday 2nd November 2017 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm
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James Irwin Observatory Public Open Evening

Friday 3rd November 2017 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm
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James Irwin Observatory Public Open Evening

Friday 17th November 2017 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm
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James Irwin Observatory Public Open Evening

Friday 1st December 2017 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm
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James Irwin Observatory Public Open Evening

Friday 15th December 2017 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm
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James Irwin Observatory Public Open Evening

Friday 5th January 2018 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm
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James Irwin Observatory Public Open Evening

Friday 19th January 2018 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm
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James Irwin Observatory Public Open Evening

Friday 2nd February 2018 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm
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James Irwin Observatory Public Open Evening

Friday 16th February 2018 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm
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The best time to visit James Irwin Observatory can be found on this dark skies calendar.

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