Oxford Island Nature Reserve

Derrymacash, Craigavon, BT66 6NJ

Location description

Located on the South-East shores of Lough Neagh the Oxford Island Nature Reserve has been recognised for its dark skies by the International Dark Sky Association as a Dark Sky Discovery Site.  Note that whilst this site is open access to pedestrians at all times the gates are locked to vehicles overnight.  This venue hosts occasional public stargazing events.


Dark sky discovery site

Designated Dark Sky Discovery Sites are locations accessible by members of the public and are officially recognised as excellent places to stargaze. They often have free overnight car parking, some have toilet facilities however rarely allow overnight camping.


Tonight's weather forecast

17/08/17
19:00
18°
9%
17/08/17
22:00
15°
6%
18/08/17
01:00
14°
48%
18/08/17
04:00
12°
7%
Weather forecast for Lurgan (2.53 miles away) updated 17/08/17 at 20:00.

Light pollution

This location is estimated to have light pollution levels similar to a semi-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 Oxford Island Nature Reserve

This location's semi-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 Oxford Island Nature Reserve can be found on this dark skies calendar.

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