Stargazing around new moon

The time around new moon is when skies are at their darkest

Stargazing around new moon is the best time to stargaze as the skies are nice and dark. At these times you will be able to see more stars and have better views through telescopes. This is also the best time to visit dark sky sites.

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Stargazing around new moon events list

The following is a list of stargazing events taking place around the current or next new moon period.

Inverclyde Skywatchers Club Meeting

11th December 2017 from 15:00
South West Library – Greenock, 159 Inverkip Road, Greenock, PA16 9HG

Mills Observatory Open Nights - Winter 2018

11th December 2017 from 16:00
Mills Observatory, Glamis Road, Balgay Park, Dundee, DD2 2UB

Introduction to Astronomy at Stonehaugh

11th December 2017 from 19:00
Stonehaugh Community Hall, Stonehaugh, Hexham, NE48 3DZ

Newbourne Observing Group Meeting

11th December 2017 from 19:00
Newbourne Village Hall, Mill Lane, Newbourne, IP12 4NP

West Didsbury Astronomical Society Meeting

11th December 2017 from 19:00
William Hulme’s Grammar School, Spring Bridge Road, Manchester, M16 8PR

King's Lynn & District Society Meeting

11th December 2017 from 19:30
Tottenhill Village Hall, 10 Whin Common Road, Tottenhill, PE33 0RS

Jersey Astronomy Club Observatory Open Night

11th December 2017 from 20:00
Sir Patrick Moore Astronomy Centre, Les Creux Country Park, St. Brelade, JE3 8LN

Orwell Park Observatory Open Evening

11th December 2017 from 20:15
Orwell Park Observatory, Orwell Park School, Nacton, IP10 0ER

Battlesteads Observatory Open Night

11th December 2017 from 20:30
Battlesteads Observatory, The Battlesteads Hotel, Wark, NE48 3LS

Mills Observatory Open Nights - Winter 2018

12th December 2017 from 16:00
Mills Observatory, Glamis Road, Balgay Park, Dundee, DD2 2UB

Airdrie Observatory Open Evening

12th December 2017 from 17:30
Airdrie Observatory, Airdrie Library, Airdrie, ML6 0AG

Coats Observatory Winter Viewing Night

12th December 2017 from 18:30
Coats Observatory, Paisley Museum, Paisley, PA1 2BA

Public Observing at Roseland Observatory

12th December 2017 from 19:00
Roseland Observatory, Court Farm, Coombe, PL26 7LE

Lincoln Observatory Open Evening

12th December 2017 from 19:30
Lincoln Observatory, Westcliffe Street, Lincoln, LN1 3TZ

North Wales Astronomy Society Observing Night

12th December 2017 from 19:30
Llanelian Community Centre, Llanelian Road, Llanelian, LL29

Rosse Observatory Open Night

12th December 2017 from 19:30
Rosse Observatory, Carleton Road, Pontefract, WF8 3RJ

Wynyard Observatory Open Night

12th December 2017 from 19:30
Wynyard Planetarium & Observatory, Thorpe Thewles, Stockton-on-Tees, TS21 3JG

Breckland Observatory Open Night

12th December 2017 from 20:00
Breckland Astronomical Observatory, Great Ellingham, Near Attleborough, NR17

Cornwall Astronomy Society Meeting & Stargazing

12th December 2017 from 20:00
Degibna Chapel, Degibna Lane, Helston, TR12 7PR

Keele Observatory Public Open Evening

12th December 2017 from 20:00
Keele Observatory, Keele University, Stoke-on-Trent, ST5 5BG

Kielder Observatory Open Night

12th December 2017 from 20:00
Kielder Observatory, Black Fell, Near Kielder Village, NE48

Mills Observatory Open Nights - Winter 2018

13th December 2017 from 16:00
Mills Observatory, Glamis Road, Balgay Park, Dundee, DD2 2UB

Beginners Astronomy and Geminid Meteor Watch

13th December 2017 from 18:00
Bainbridge Village Hall, High Cam Road, Bainbridge, DL8 3EL

Astrophotography Workshop - Teesdale Waterfalls

13th December 2017 from 18:30
Bowlees Visitor Centre, Newbiggin, Middleton-in-Teesdale, DL12 0XF

Institute of Astronomy Public Open Night

13th December 2017 from 18:45
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, CB3 0HA

Bridgwater Astronomical Society Meeting

13th December 2017 from 19:00
Bawdrip Village Hall, Bawdrip, Bridgwater, TA7 8PY

Geminid Meteor Spotting at Raystede

13th December 2017 from 19:00
Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare, The Broyle, Ringmer, BN8 5AJ

Geminids meteor shower at Raystede

13th December 2017 from 19:00
Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare, The Broyle, Ringmer, BN8 5AJ

Geminids Meteor Shower Observing

13th December 2017 from 19:00
Wembury Beach Car Park, Wembury, Plymouth, PL9 0HP

Geminids Meteorwatch at Crawick Multiverse

13th December 2017 from 19:00
Crawick Multiverse, Crawick, Sanquhar, DG4 6ET

Weekly Observing at Leighton Observatory

13th December 2017 from 19:00
Leighton Observatory, Pex Hill Visitors Centre, Widnes, WA8 5QW

Piazzi Smyth Observatory Public Open Evening

13th December 2017 from 19:30
Piazzi Smyth Observatory, Bedford School, Bedford, MK40 2TU

Salford Observatory Open Evening

13th December 2017 from 19:30
Salford Observatory, Chaseley Road, Chasely Fields, M6 7DZ

Geminids Meteor Watch at The Sill

13th December 2017 from 20:00
The Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre, Bardon Mill, Hexham, NE47 7AN

Hertford Astronomy Group Meeting

13th December 2017 from 20:00
Panshanger Golf Complex, Old Herns Lane, Welwyn Garden City, AL7 2ED

General Observing at Orwell Park Observatory

13th December 2017 from 20:15
Orwell Park Observatory, Orwell Park School, Nacton, IP10 0ER

Battlesteads Observatory Open Night

13th December 2017 from 20:30
Battlesteads Observatory, The Battlesteads Hotel, Wark, NE48 3LS

Mills Observatory Open Nights - Winter 2018

14th December 2017 from 16:00
Mills Observatory, Glamis Road, Balgay Park, Dundee, DD2 2UB

Coats Observatory Winter Viewing Night

14th December 2017 from 18:30
Coats Observatory, Paisley Museum, Paisley, PA1 2BA

Heaton Park Astronomy Group Meeting

14th December 2017 from 19:00
Heaton Park Bowls Pavilion – Prestwich, Heaton Park, Prestwich, M25 2GT

Observing with Manchester Astronomical Society

14th December 2017 from 19:00
Godlee Observatory, Sackville Street, Manchester, M1 7AY

Practical Astronomy with Basingstoke Astronomical Society

14th December 2017 from 19:00
Cliddesden Primary School, Cliddesden, Basingstoke, RG25 2QU

Public Observing at Cygnus Observatory

14th December 2017 from 19:00
Cygnus Observatory, Washington Wetland Centre, Washington, NE38 8LE

Public Observing at York Knavesmire

14th December 2017 from 19:00
York Knavesmire, Knavesmire Road, York, YO23 1ER

Wilton Park Observatory Open Night

14th December 2017 from 19:00
Wilton Park Observatory, Wilton Park, Batley, WF17 0AS

Observation Evening with Torbay Astro

14th December 2017 from 19:30
Torquay Boys Grammar School, Shiphay Manor Drive, Torquay, TQ2 7EL

Stargazing at Durlston with Wessex Astronomical Society

14th December 2017 from 19:30
Durlston Astronomy Centre, Durlston Country Park, Swanage, BH19 2JL

Starquest Astronomy Club Meeting

14th December 2017 from 19:30
Sutton Veny Village Hall, High Street, Sutton Veny, BA12 7AP

Kielder Observatory Open Night

14th December 2017 from 20:00
Kielder Observatory, Black Fell, Near Kielder Village, NE48

Loughton Astronomical Society Meeting

14th December 2017 from 20:00
Theydon Bois Scout Hall, Theydon Bois, Epping, CM16 7EJ

Stargazing at the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory

14th December 2017 from 20:00
Scottish Dark Sky Observatory, Craigengillan Lodge, Dalmellington, KA6 7PZ

Walsall Astronomical Society Meeting

14th December 2017 from 20:30
Rushall Olympic Football Club, Dales Lane, Rushall, WS4 1LJ

Stargazing with University of St Andrews Astronomical Society

14th December 2017 from 21:00
St Andrews Observatory, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, KY16

Starcamp at Bellingham Campsite

15th December 2017 from 00:00
Bellingham Camp & Caravan Club Site, Bellingham, Hexham, NE48 2HR

Mills Observatory Open Nights - Winter 2018

15th December 2017 from 16:00
Mills Observatory, Glamis Road, Balgay Park, Dundee, DD2 2UB

See Tim Peake's Spacecraft and Stargaze at Shildon

15th December 2017 from 16:00
Shildon National Railway Museum, Dale Road Industrial Estate, Shildon, DL4 2RE

Edinburgh Observatory Open Evening (Winter)

15th December 2017 from 18:30
Edinburgh Royal Observatory, Blackford Hill, Edinburgh, EH9 3HJ

Stargazing at Kirroughtree

15th December 2017 from 18:30
Kirroughtree Forest Visitor Centre, Kirroughtree, Newton Stewart, DG8 7BE

Observing at High Legh Community Observatory

15th December 2017 from 19:00
High Legh Community Observatory, Abbey Leys Farm, High Legh, WA16 6NS

Stargazing and Astrophotography in Elan Valley

15th December 2017 from 19:00
Elan Valley – Visitor Centre, Elan Village, Rhayader, LD6 5HP

Ashford Astronomical Society Meeting

15th December 2017 from 19:30
Woodchurch Memorial Hall, The Green, Woodchurch, TN26 3QB

Christmas Star Party at Chambers Farm Wood

15th December 2017 from 19:30
Chambers Farm Wood – Forestry Commission, Education Barn - Chambers Farm Wood, Market Rasen, LN8 5JR

North Norfolk Astronomy Society Meeting

15th December 2017 from 19:30
Binham Village Hall, Warham Road, Fakenam, NR21

Rosse Observatory Open Night

15th December 2017 from 19:30
Rosse Observatory, Carleton Road, Pontefract, WF8 3RJ

Seething Observatory Public Open Night

15th December 2017 from 19:30
Seething Observatory, Toad Lane, Thwaite, NR35 2EQ

Wynyard Planetarium Public Star Show

15th December 2017 from 19:30
Wynyard Planetarium & Observatory, Thorpe Thewles, Stockton-on-Tees, TS21 3JG

James Irwin Observatory Public Open Evening

15th December 2017 from 20:00
James Irwin Observatory, Canterbury Adult Education Centre, Canterbury, CT2 8QA

North Pennines Astronomy Society Stargazing

15th December 2017 from 20:00
North Pennines Observatory, The Old School House, Allenheads, NE47 9HR

Stargazing at the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory

15th December 2017 from 20:00
Scottish Dark Sky Observatory, Craigengillan Lodge, Dalmellington, KA6 7PZ

Starnight Observing with Nene Valley Astro

15th December 2017 from 20:00
Chelveston Village Hall, Caldecott Road, Chelveston, NN9 6AT

Battlesteads Observatory Open Night

15th December 2017 from 20:30
Battlesteads Observatory, The Battlesteads Hotel, Wark, NE48 3LS

Bryan Joynes Observatory Open Night

15th December 2017 from 21:30
Brian Joynes Observatory, Austerfield Field Study Centre, Doncaster, DN10 6RG

Keele Observatory Solar Observing

16th December 2017 from 13:00
Keele Observatory, Keele University, Stoke-on-Trent, ST5 5BG

Observing with Fordingbridge Astro

16th December 2017 from 18:00
Hyde Common – Pentons Hill, New Forest National Park, Hyde, SP6 2QJ

Stargazing with Sheffield Astronomical Society

16th December 2017 from 18:30
Sportsman Inn at Lodge Moor, 569 Redmires Road, Sheffield, S10 5NF

Dark Sky Stargazing at the Crawick Multiverse

16th December 2017 from 19:00
Crawick Multiverse, Crawick, Sanquhar, DG4 6ET

Observing Evening with St Neots Astro

16th December 2017 from 19:00
Paxton Pits Nature Reserve, High Street, Little Paxton, PE19 6ET

Saturday Public Open Night at Failand Observatory

16th December 2017 from 19:00
Failand Observatory, Failand, Near Wraxall, BS8 3US

Stargazing and Astrophotography in Brecon

16th December 2017 from 19:00
Brecon – Libanus Mountain Centre, Libanus, Brecon, LD3 8ER

Stargazing with Aylesbury Astronomical Society

16th December 2017 from 19:00
Winchendon Observatory, Nether Wichendon, Aylesbury, HP18

Norman Lockyer Observatory Open Evening

16th December 2017 from 19:15
Norman Lockyer Observatory, Salcombe Hill Road, Sidmouth, EX10 0NY

Kenley Observatory Open Night

16th December 2017 from 19:30
Kenley Observatory, Near Kenley Aerodrome, Kenley, CR8 5EP

Observing with Derby & District Astro

16th December 2017 from 19:30
Flamsteed Observatory, North Lane, Brailsford, DE6 3BE

Seething Observatory Public Open Night

16th December 2017 from 19:30
Seething Observatory, Toad Lane, Thwaite, NR35 2EQ

Stargazing Saturday at the Astronomy Centre

16th December 2017 from 19:30
The Astronomy Centre, Bacup Road A681, Near Todmorden, OL14 7HP

Observing at Ford with Shropshire Astro Society

16th December 2017 from 20:00
Ford Heath Caravan & Campsite, Ford Heath, Shrewsbury, SY5 9GD

Pictures in the Dark - Astrophotography

16th December 2017 from 20:00
Ingram Village Hall, Ingram, Near Powburn, NE66 4LT

Stargazing at the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory

16th December 2017 from 20:00
Scottish Dark Sky Observatory, Craigengillan Lodge, Dalmellington, KA6 7PZ

Newcastle Astronomical Society Meeting

17th December 2017 from 19:00
Summerhill Bowling Club, Winchester Terrace, Newcastle, NE4 6EH

Public Observing at Bruce Observatory

17th December 2017 from 19:30
Bruce Observatory – Whitby School, Prospect Hill, Whitby, YO21 1LA

Kielder Observatory Open Night

17th December 2017 from 20:00
Kielder Observatory, Black Fell, Near Kielder Village, NE48

Mills Observatory Open Nights - Winter 2018

18th December 2017 from 16:00
Mills Observatory, Glamis Road, Balgay Park, Dundee, DD2 2UB

East Riding Astronomers Monthly Meeting

18th December 2017 from 19:30
Friends Meeting House – Beverley, Quaker Lane, Beverley, HU17 8BY

Jersey Astronomy Club Observatory Open Night

18th December 2017 from 20:00
Sir Patrick Moore Astronomy Centre, Les Creux Country Park, St. Brelade, JE3 8LN

Nene Valley Astro Society Meeting

18th December 2017 from 20:00
Chelveston Village Hall, Caldecott Road, Chelveston, NN9 6AT

Mills Observatory Open Nights - Winter 2018

19th December 2017 from 16:00
Mills Observatory, Glamis Road, Balgay Park, Dundee, DD2 2UB

Airdrie Observatory Open Evening

19th December 2017 from 17:30
Airdrie Observatory, Airdrie Library, Airdrie, ML6 0AG

Coats Observatory Winter Viewing Night

19th December 2017 from 18:30
Coats Observatory, Paisley Museum, Paisley, PA1 2BA

Public Observing at Roseland Observatory

19th December 2017 from 19:00
Roseland Observatory, Court Farm, Coombe, PL26 7LE

Ancrum Astronomy Club - Practical Meeting

19th December 2017 from 19:30
Ancrum Village Hall, Ancrum, Jedburgh, TD8 6XH

Lincoln Observatory Open Evening

19th December 2017 from 19:30
Lincoln Observatory, Westcliffe Street, Lincoln, LN1 3TZ

Rosse Observatory Open Night

19th December 2017 from 19:30
Rosse Observatory, Carleton Road, Pontefract, WF8 3RJ

Stratford upon Avon Astronomical Society Meeting

19th December 2017 from 19:30
Alderminster Village Hall, New Road, Alderminster, CV37 8PE

Wynyard Observatory Open Night

19th December 2017 from 19:30
Wynyard Planetarium & Observatory, Thorpe Thewles, Stockton-on-Tees, TS21 3JG

Breckland Observatory Open Night

19th December 2017 from 20:00
Breckland Astronomical Observatory, Great Ellingham, Near Attleborough, NR17

Kielder Observatory Open Night

19th December 2017 from 20:00
Kielder Observatory, Black Fell, Near Kielder Village, NE48

Mills Observatory Open Nights - Winter 2018

20th December 2017 from 16:00
Mills Observatory, Glamis Road, Balgay Park, Dundee, DD2 2UB

Stargazing at Kirroughtree

20th December 2017 from 18:30
Kirroughtree Forest Visitor Centre, Kirroughtree, Newton Stewart, DG8 7BE

Institute of Astronomy Public Open Night

20th December 2017 from 18:45
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, CB3 0HA

Newbury Astro Beginners Meeting

20th December 2017 from 19:00
St. Mary’s Church Hall – Greenham, New Road, Greenham, RG19 8RZ

Our Solar System

20th December 2017 from 19:00
Stonehaugh Community Hall, Stonehaugh, Hexham, NE48 3DZ

Public Observing at Lime Tree Observatory

20th December 2017 from 19:00
Lime Tree Observatory, Lime Tree Farm, Grewelthorpe, HG4 3DA

Weekly Observing at Leighton Observatory

20th December 2017 from 19:00
Leighton Observatory, Pex Hill Visitors Centre, Widnes, WA8 5QW

Piazzi Smyth Observatory Public Open Evening

20th December 2017 from 19:30
Piazzi Smyth Observatory, Bedford School, Bedford, MK40 2TU

Salford Observatory Open Evening

20th December 2017 from 19:30
Salford Observatory, Chaseley Road, Chasely Fields, M6 7DZ

Bassetlaw Astronomical Society Meeting

20th December 2017 from 19:45
Gateford Park Primary School, 45 Roundhouse Cresen, Worksop, S81 7AL

Winter Solstice Stargazing Festival 2017

21st December 2017 from 12:00
Tyddyn Môn, Hendy, Dulas, LL70 9PQ

Mills Observatory Open Nights - Winter 2018

21st December 2017 from 16:00
Mills Observatory, Glamis Road, Balgay Park, Dundee, DD2 2UB

Coats Observatory Winter Viewing Night

21st December 2017 from 18:30
Coats Observatory, Paisley Museum, Paisley, PA1 2BA

Heaton Park Astronomy Group Meeting

21st December 2017 from 19:00
Heaton Park Bowls Pavilion – Prestwich, Heaton Park, Prestwich, M25 2GT

Observing with Manchester Astronomical Society

21st December 2017 from 19:00
Godlee Observatory, Sackville Street, Manchester, M1 7AY

Observing with Sandy Astronomical Society

21st December 2017 from 19:00
Sandye Place Academy, Park Road, Sandy, SG19 1JD

Wilton Park Observatory Open Night

21st December 2017 from 19:00
Wilton Park Observatory, Wilton Park, Batley, WF17 0AS

Andover Astronomical Society Meeting

21st December 2017 from 19:30
Grateley Village Hall, Grateley, Andover, SP11

South Cheshire Astro Society Club Night

21st December 2017 from 19:30
The Brittles Pavilion, Wistaston, Crewe, CW2 8EZ

Southport Astronomical Society Meeting

21st December 2017 from 19:30
Scarisbrick Bowling Club, Falkland Road, Southport, PR8 6LG

Stargazing with Athenaeum Astronomy Association

21st December 2017 from 19:30
Nowton Park Walled Garden, Nowton, Bury St Edmunds, IP29 5BD

Kielder Observatory Open Night

21st December 2017 from 20:00
Kielder Observatory, Black Fell, Near Kielder Village, NE48

Loughton Astronomical Society Meeting

21st December 2017 from 20:00
Theydon Bois Scout Hall, Theydon Bois, Epping, CM16 7EJ

Walton Astronomy Group Meeting

21st December 2017 from 20:00
Prince of Wales – Esher, 48 West End Lane, Esher, KT10 8LA

Walsall Astronomical Society Meeting

21st December 2017 from 20:30
Rushall Olympic Football Club, Dales Lane, Rushall, WS4 1LJ

Mills Observatory Open Nights - Winter 2018

22nd December 2017 from 16:00
Mills Observatory, Glamis Road, Balgay Park, Dundee, DD2 2UB

Observing at High Legh Community Observatory

22nd December 2017 from 19:00
High Legh Community Observatory, Abbey Leys Farm, High Legh, WA16 6NS

Thanet Observatory Public Open Evening

22nd December 2017 from 19:00
Thanet Observatory, Monkton Nature Reserve, Monkton, CT12 4LH

Mid-Cheshire Astronomical Group Monthly Meeting

22nd December 2017 from 19:30
Delamere Forest Park – Forestry Commission, Linmere, Northwich, CW8 2JD

Observing on Blackheath Common

22nd December 2017 from 19:30
Blackheath Common, Blackheath, London, SE3 0TX

Rosse Observatory Open Night

22nd December 2017 from 19:30
Rosse Observatory, Carleton Road, Pontefract, WF8 3RJ

Public Viewing at Hoober Observatory

22nd December 2017 from 19:45
J.A. Jones Hoober Observatory, Lee Brook Lane, Wentworth, S62 7SH

Starnight Observing with Nene Valley Astro

22nd December 2017 from 20:00
Chelveston Village Hall, Caldecott Road, Chelveston, NN9 6AT

Bryan Joynes Observatory Open Night

22nd December 2017 from 21:30
Brian Joynes Observatory, Austerfield Field Study Centre, Doncaster, DN10 6RG

Observing with Fordingbridge Astro

23rd December 2017 from 18:00
Hyde Common – Pentons Hill, New Forest National Park, Hyde, SP6 2QJ

Saturday Public Open Night at Failand Observatory

23rd December 2017 from 19:00
Failand Observatory, Failand, Near Wraxall, BS8 3US

Stargazing with Aylesbury Astronomical Society

23rd December 2017 from 19:00
Winchendon Observatory, Nether Wichendon, Aylesbury, HP18

Kenley Observatory Open Night

23rd December 2017 from 19:30
Kenley Observatory, Near Kenley Aerodrome, Kenley, CR8 5EP

Meteors at Christmas at Grizedale

23rd December 2017 from 19:30
Grizedale Forest, Grizedale Forest Visitor Centre, Grizedale, LA22 0QJ

Public Observing at Bruce Observatory

24th December 2017 from 19:30
Bruce Observatory – Whitby School, Prospect Hill, Whitby, YO21 1LA

Kielder Observatory Open Night

24th December 2017 from 20:00
Kielder Observatory, Black Fell, Near Kielder Village, NE48


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