Get Outside with Ordnance Survey!

Ordnance Survey are organising a nationwide “GetOutside Day” on the 30th September 2018 and what better way of enjoying the natural outdoors than to go stargazing! The skies on this date will be dark until around 23:30pm when a bright moon will rise in the East so if you are planning a day out you might think about the evening too! Check out our location map for ideal places to stargaze and for more details see the official Ordnance Survey National GetOutside Day website…


What can be seen?

Before moon rise the skies from a dark sky site should reveal views of the Milky Way and the planets Saturn and Mars low towards the South. The bright stars of Deneb, Vega and Altair that form the “Summer Triangle” will be near overhead.

The International Space Station will also be visible from the UK with a bright pass at 20:34pm. The image below shows the path it will take across the skies as observed from Darlington, UK — the further South you are in the country the higher in the sky it will appear.


Stargazing events on 30th September 2018

Outdoor Observing with Ely Astronomy Club

The Fountain - Ely, Ely, CB7 4JF

Everyone is invited to join Alex Simpson, Vice Chair of Ely Astronomy Club and his large telescope outside the Fountain pub in Ely for an evening of stargazing. Note that this event is dependent on the weather and will take place either on the...

Saturday 29th September 2018 from 21:00pm to Sunday 30th September 2018 23:00pm

Public Observing at Cygnus Observatory

Cygnus Observatory at Washington Wetland Centre, Washington, NE38 8LE

Members of the public are invited to join enthusiastic members of Sunderland Astronomical Society for an evening of stargazing and observing through their large aperture telescopes. If you need assistance with your own telescope you are welcome to...

Sunday 30th September 2018 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Public Observing at Bruce Observatory

Bruce Observatory - Whitby School, Whitby, YO21 1LA

Everyone is invited to join astronomers from Whitby & District Astronomical Society for this one of their regular Sunday evening public observing sessions at the Bruce Observatory.  These events are subject to favourable weather conditions and...

Sunday 30th September 2018 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Autumn Star Clusters

Glenlivet Village Hall, Ballindalloch, AB37 9BX

Visitors and locals are invited to join members of the Tomintoul and Glenlivet Landscape Partnership for this event observing distant but spectacular star clusters as well as the planets Saturn and Mars.

Sunday 30th September 2018 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

Stargazing and Astrophotography at Broadhaven

Broadhaven South Car Park, Bosherston,

Take a tour of the night sky, viewing familiar and unfamiliar constellations of the northern hemisphere, find various deep sky objects and enjoy the wonderful Milky Way all whilst learning the correct use of binoculars and navigation via star maps....

Sunday 30th September 2018 from 20:00pm to 23:00pm

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