Thanet Observatory

Monkton Nature Reserve, Monkton, CT12 4LH


Location description

The Thanet Observatory is a recently refurbished observatory (2013) located in the grounds of Monkton Nature Reserve.  It's proximity to a large nearby agricultural greenhouses shows up on light pollution maps however being set inside an old chalk quarry the skies are probably much darker.  Members of the Monkton Stargazers regularly open the observatory to the public.

Location event organiser

Monkton Stargazers organises stargazing events at this location.

Astronomical society

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

Light pollution

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

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

When to stargaze at Thanet Observatory

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. Previously there has been 4 events with the last one being on 28th April 2017 organised by Monkton Stargazers.


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When to visit

The best time to visit Thanet Observatory can be found on this dark skies calendar.

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