Where to see the Geminid meteor shower in 2018

The annual Geminid meteor shower takes place from 4th December to the 16th December with peak activity on the evening of the 13th December through to the morning of 14th December. This particular meteor shower is well known for putting on a good show compared to others with the potential of seeing up to 120 meteors per hour. The best time to spot them is during the early morning hours on the 14th December from midnight through to dawn.

Meteor showers occur as the Earth travels around the Sun when it passes through large clouds of dust left over by the tails of comets or debris from asteroids. Meteors, also known as shooting stars, are tiny dust particles no bigger than a grain of rice that disintegrate through friction as they enter Earth’s atmosphere. This process causes the energy of the dust particles (in the form of mass) to be converted into heat and light causing them to glow brightly as they streak across the sky.

Named after the constellation Gemini from which the meteors appear to radiate the Geminids are a product of debris left over from asteroid “3200 Phaethon”. Geminids are renowned for their bright display and sometimes appear as green flashes due to the material they are made up of.

This year the peak of activity takes place when the moon has already set so the skies will be nice and dark for meteor spotting. It’s well worth planning ahead finding a suitable dark sky location to observe from.

Hours of darkness on 13th December

The best places to see them will be somewhere away from our light polluted towns at a location that has a wide open expanse of skies free of obstructions on the horizons. Rather than staring at any single point use your peripheral vision to scan as much of the sky as possible and your eyes will be automatically drawn to any shooting stars. As always wherever you choose to go first tell someone where you are going, wrap up warm, take some hot drinks and be patient!

We hope you have found this little guide useful! Good luck spotting them!

Clear skies!

Public stargazing events 11th December – 16th December


Mills Observatory Open Night

Mills Observatory, Dundee, DD2 2UB

Everyone is invited to join the astronomers at Mills Observatory for this one of their regular free weekday evening open nights through the Winter season (October 2018 to March 2019).Observe breathtaking views of the moon and planets and see...

Tuesday 11th December 2018 from 17:00pm to 22:00pm

Airdrie Observatory Open Evening

Airdrie Observatory, Airdrie, ML6 0AG

Enjoy a warm welcome by astronomers from Airdrie Astronomical Association to this one of their regular November through to January Tuesday night public open evenings of the Airdrie Observatory.  These events are ideal for beginners and anyone...

Tuesday 11th December 2018 from 17:30pm to 19:00pm

Breckland Observatory Open Night

Breckland Astronomical Observatory, Near Attleborough, NR17

Members of the public are welcome to join astronomers from Breckland Astronomical Society for this regular Tuesday evening opening of their observatory at Great Ellingham. These evenings are normally reserved for members however anyone interested...

Tuesday 11th December 2018 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Cranfield Astronomical Society Meeting

Loxham Observatory, Cranfield, MK43 0TH

Join the members of Cranfield Astronomical Society for this one of their regular Tuesday night meetings on the Cranfield University Campus which is also home to the Loxham Observatory.These sessions are open to the public and begin at 19:30 in...

Tuesday 11th December 2018 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Lincoln Observatory Open Evening

Lincoln Observatory, Lincoln, LN1 3TZ

Everyone is invited to join the members of Lincoln Astronomical Society for this one of their regular Tuesday evening meetings at their observatory. The first Tuesday of each month is a formal meeting with guest speaker with the remaining Tuesdays...

Tuesday 11th December 2018 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

North Wales Astronomy Society Observing Night

Llanelian Community Centre, Llanelian, LL29

Join members of North Wales Astronomical Society for this one of their regular informal observing evenings. Members of the public are very welcome to attend for a small fee to help cover costs. Bring your telescope and get expert help! An excellent...

Tuesday 11th December 2018 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Rosse Observatory Open Night

Rosse Observatory, Pontefract, WF8 3RJ

You are invited to join members of West Yorkshire Astronomical Society for this one of their regular open evenings at Rosse Observatory.Tuesday evenings are primarily for members and tend to be more formal, Friday evenings are more social and...

Tuesday 11th December 2018 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Star Tracker Evening at Armagh Planetarium

Armagh Observatory and Planetarium, Armagh, BT61 9DB

Visit the Armagh Observatory and Planetarium for an evening of Star Tracking. Enjoy a Digital Theatre show chosen by the Observatory Director Professor Michael Burton and weather permitting be fascinated by the views of the night sky and the Moon...

Tuesday 11th December 2018 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Wynyard Observatory Open Night

Wynyard Planetarium & Observatory, Stockton-on-Tees, TS21 3JG

Join astronomers from the Teeside Astronomical Science Centre for this one of their regular Tuesday evening open nights of their observatory in the grounds of Wynyard Park.These events are weather dependent -- if the skies are looking like...

Tuesday 11th December 2018 from 19:30pm to 21:00pm

Cornwall Astronomy Society Meeting & Stargazing

Degibna Chapel, Helston, TR12 7PR

Meeting of Cornwall Astronomy Society to which members of the public are also welcome, including observing afterwards if weather permits.

Tuesday 11th December 2018 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

Keele Observatory Public Open Evening

Keele Observatory, Stoke-on-Trent, ST5 5BG

The Keele Observatory at Keele University is open to the public every Tuesday evening. If the weather permits there will be observing through their large 31cm aperture refracting telescope. If not the observatory will still be open for a short...

Tuesday 11th December 2018 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

Mills Observatory Open Night

Mills Observatory, Dundee, DD2 2UB

Everyone is invited to join the astronomers at Mills Observatory for this one of their regular free weekday evening open nights through the Winter season (October 2018 to March 2019).Observe breathtaking views of the moon and planets and see...

Wednesday 12th December 2018 from 17:00pm to 22:00pm

Astronomy with the Irregulars

Regent's Park Hub, London, NW1 4RY

Each month the Baker Street Irregular Astronomers organise a free public stargazing event in London's Regent Park. These fantastic events are always well attended and offer a great opportunity to get out in the fresh air and looking up into the...

Wednesday 12th December 2018 from 18:30pm to 22:30pm

Institute of Astronomy Public Open Night

Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge, CB3 0HA

This free event is one of a regular weekly public open evenings at Cambridge University's Institute of Astronomy that take place every Wednesday evening each year from October through to March. The entrance doors open at 18:45pm with seating in the...

Wednesday 12th December 2018 from 18:45pm to 21:00pm

Bridgwater Astronomical Society Meeting

Bawdrip Village Hall, Bridgwater, TA7 8PY

Meeting of Bridgewater Astronomical Society including talk about a 'featured constellation' and a stargazing session weather permitting. New members of all ages and abilities are always welcome with no obligations!

Wednesday 12th December 2018 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Weekly Observing at Leighton Observatory

Leighton Observatory, Widnes, WA8 5QW

Hosted by Liverpool Astronomical Society at their Leighton Observatory this weekly observing session is a great opportunity to have a look through their telescopes. All members of the public welcome.

Wednesday 12th December 2018 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Piazzi Smyth Observatory Public Open Evening

Piazzi Smyth Observatory, Bedford, MK40 2TU

Join Bedford Astronomical Society for an evening of observing at Bedford School's Piazzi Smyth Observatory which houses a large aperture telescope. These events are held every Wednesday between October and April and only when the weather is clear....

Wednesday 12th December 2018 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Salford Observatory Open Evening

Salford Observatory, Chasely Fields, M6 7DZ

Find out more about Salford Astronomical Society and observe through their large 18.5" reflecting telescope by joining their members on this one of their frequent observatory open nights. Attendance is free with no obligation to join. These events...

Wednesday 12th December 2018 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Castle Point Astronomy Club Observing Evening

St Michael and All Angels Church, Hadleigh, SS7 2UW

Visitors are welcome to attend this observing night with astronomers from Castle Point Astronomy Club. A small donation is asked for to help cover costs. If you're interested in astronomy and looking for a friendly local club then just turn up!

Wednesday 12th December 2018 from 20:00pm to 21:45pm

Hertford Astronomy Group Meeting

Panshanger Golf Complex, Welwyn Garden City, AL7 2ED

Join members of Hertford Astronomy Group for their monthly meeting comprising of an astronomically themed talk and observing afterwards if weather permits. Small on-the-door charge to non-members.

Wednesday 12th December 2018 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

Mills Observatory Open Night

Mills Observatory, Dundee, DD2 2UB

Everyone is invited to join the astronomers at Mills Observatory for this one of their regular free weekday evening open nights through the Winter season (October 2018 to March 2019).Observe breathtaking views of the moon and planets and see...

Thursday 13th December 2018 from 17:00pm to 22:00pm

Landscape Astrophotography Workshop - Geminid Meteor Shower

Durham Dales Centre, Stanhope, DL13 2FJ

Join experienced astrophotographer Gary Lintern capturing images of the Geminids meteor shower from a dark sky location in Weardale. Meeting at a pre-arranged location in Stanhope (we have presumed the Durham Dales Centre) your small group of no...

Thursday 13th December 2018 from 18:00pm to 20:30pm

Geminids Meteor Observing with Plymouth Astronomical Society

Wembury Beach Car Park, Plymouth, PL9 0HP

Join members from Plymouth Astronomical Society for this special event observing the Geminids meteor shower at Wembury Beach car park.

Thursday 13th December 2018 from 19:00pm to 23:00pm

Heaton Park Astronomy Group Meeting

Heaton Park Bowls Pavilion - Prestwich, Prestwich, M25 2GT

Join the members of Heaton Park Astronomy Group for this one of their regular meetings at Heaton Park Bowls Pavilion that take place each Thursday evening during the winter months. If the skies are clear there will be observing through telescopes,...

Thursday 13th December 2018 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Knavesmire Public Star Party

York Knavesmire, York, YO23 1ER

Join members of York Astronomical Society for this free public stargazing event at the Knavesmire. There will be a variety of telescopes offering amazing views of the universe!The only requirement is to wrap up warm however if you have...

Thursday 13th December 2018 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Practical Astronomy with Basingstoke Astronomical Society

Cliddesden Primary School, Basingstoke, RG25 2QU

Join members of Basingstoke Astronomical Society as they share practical observing skills using a variety of equipment. You do not need to be a member of the Society to attend these events which take place every second Thursday of each month...

Thursday 13th December 2018 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Public Observing at Cygnus Observatory

Cygnus Observatory, 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...

Thursday 13th December 2018 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

See the Geminids from Wynyard

Wynyard Planetarium & Observatory, Stockton-on-Tees, TS21 3JG

See the Geminid meteor shower from Wynard with astronomers from the Teeside Astronomy Science Centre. Located a few miles away from local light pollution makes this venue a good place to see them! The facility will be open from evening through...

Thursday 13th December 2018 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

Stargazing Evening in Cranborne Chase AONB

New Remembrance Hall - Charlton, Shaftesbury, SP7 0PL

Go stargazing with the Wessex Astronomical Association and Cranborne Chase AONB and this public stargazing event. There will be tales of the skies and time for star watching if weather permits, also inside things to do should the weather be unkind....

Thursday 13th December 2018 from 19:00pm to 21:30pm

Usk Astronomical Society Meeting

Usk Community Hub, Usk, NP15 1AE

Join members from Usk Astronomical Society for this one of their weekly meetings that take place during term time at the Old Grammar School. If weather permits observe from their nearby observatory.

Thursday 13th December 2018 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Coffee and Stargazing at the Talbot Inn

The Talbot Inn - Loughton, Loughton, MK5 8AB

Join the friendly team from UK Astronomy for this one of their regular coffee evenings at the Talbot Inn. Take your telescope along for assistance setting it up.

Thursday 13th December 2018 from 19:30pm to 23:00pm

Geminid Meteor Watch with Fordingbridge Astronomical Society

Hyde Common - Pentons Hill, Hyde, SP6 2QJ

Join the members of Fordingbridge Astronomical Society for this public outreach event observing the Geminid meteor shower.

Thursday 13th December 2018 from 19:30pm to 22:30pm

Rosse Observatory Open Night

Rosse Observatory, Pontefract, WF8 3RJ

You are invited to join members of West Yorkshire Astronomical Society for this one of their regular open evenings at Rosse Observatory.Tuesday evenings are primarily for members and tend to be more formal, Friday evenings are more social and...

Thursday 13th December 2018 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Starquest Astronomy Club Meeting

Sutton Veny Village Hall, Sutton Veny, BA12 7AP

Everyone is welcome to this regular monthly meeting of Starquest Astronomy Club. Their meeting location of Sutton Veny Village Hall is located under some fantastic dark skies with observing sessions taking place in the Memorial Field next to the...

Thursday 13th December 2018 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Geminids Meteor Shower at The Sill

The Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre, Hexham, NE47 7AN

Discover the magic of the Geminids Meteor Shower, which takes place later tonight (weather permitting) and find out where comets come from. If clouds prevent us from viewing the starlit sky, we will use the radio-telescope instead to detect meteors...

Thursday 13th December 2018 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

Loughton Astronomical Society Meeting

Theydon Bois Scout Hall, Epping, CM16 7EJ

Everyone is invited to join the members of Loughton Astronomical Society for this one of their regular Thursday evening meetings which include a wide variety of different activities including presentations and observing.

Thursday 13th December 2018 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

Newchurch Observatory Open Night

The Isle of Wight Observatory, Newchurch, PO36 0LX

The Newchurch Observatory on the Isle of Wight is open to visitors every Thursday evening with events being run by the friendly and welcoming astronomers from Vectis Astronomical Society. As a registered charity there is no charge for admission...

Thursday 13th December 2018 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

Stargazing at the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory

Scottish Dark Sky Observatory, Dalmellington, KA6 7PZ

Amaze at the wonderfully dark skies above Galloway, see the Milky Way arching overhead and observe through large aperture instruments with the assistance of experienced resident and volunteer Astronomers. Events take place most weekday and weekend...

Thursday 13th December 2018 from 20:00pm to 23:00pm

Walsall Astronomical Society Meeting

Rushall Olympic Football Club, Rushall, WS4 1LJ

Members of the Walsall Astronomical Society meet most Thursday evenings at the ground of Rushall Olympic FC. The group consists of many active observers with a range of telescopes with new members being welcome to join. On the third Thursday of...

Thursday 13th December 2018 from 20:30pm to 22:30pm

Stargazing with University of St Andrews Astronomical Society

St Andrews Observatory, St Andrews, KY16

Witness the beauty of the Universe with St Andrews University Astronomical Society! Every Thursday night the society's members open the doors of the St Andrews Observatory to the public, rain or star-shine! With two research grade telescopes as...

Thursday 13th December 2018 from 21:00pm to 22:30pm

Landscape Astrophotography Workshop - Geminid Meteor Shower

Durham Dales Centre, Stanhope, DL13 2FJ

Join experienced astrophotographer Gary Lintern capturing images of the Geminids meteor shower from a dark sky location in Weardale. Meeting at a pre-arranged location in Stanhope (we have presumed the Durham Dales Centre) your small group of no...

Thursday 13th December 2018 from 21:30pm to Friday 14th December 2018 00:00am

Bellingham Dark Sky Starcamp - Winter 2018

Bellingham Camp & Caravan Club Site, Hexham, NE48 2HR

See stars you never thought were there plus shooting stars galoreJoin us for a weekend of stargazing  within the newest and largest Gold Tier Dark Skies park in Europe.  The weekend will include talks given by the Starmakers Stargazing Events...

Friday 14th December 2018 from 16:00pm to Sunday 16th December 2018 12:00pm

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Mills Observatory Open Night

Mills Observatory, Dundee, DD2 2UB

Everyone is invited to join the astronomers at Mills Observatory for this one of their regular free weekday evening open nights through the Winter season (October 2018 to March 2019).Observe breathtaking views of the moon and planets and see...

Friday 14th December 2018 from 17:00pm to 22:00pm

Stargazing Evening in the Cotswolds

Daylesford Organic Farm - Kingham, Kingham, GL56 0YG

The evening will include a presentation from The Chipping Norton Amateur Astronomy Group followed by up to 90 minutes of stargazing, with a chance to see more through the telescopes as the CNAAG guide us through the night sky.Please note, this...

Friday 14th December 2018 from 18:00pm to 20:00pm

Comet Watch with Lincoln Astronomical Society

Lincoln Observatory, Lincoln, LN1 3TZ

The members of Lincoln Astronomical Society will be opening their observatory for viewing comet 46P/Wirtanen on the evenings of 14th and 15th December. Visitors are very welcome to join them!

Friday 14th December 2018 from 18:30pm to 20:30pm

Edinburgh Observatory Open Evening (Winter 2018/2019)

Edinburgh Royal Observatory, Edinburgh, EH9 3HJ

This event is one of many regular public open evenings at the The Royal Observatory in Edinburgh which take place all year round. Find our more about the historic contributions the observatory has made with a team of astronomers who will help you...

Friday 14th December 2018 from 18:30pm to 22:00pm

Lime Tree Observatory Open Evening (Comet Hunting)

Lime Tree Observatory, Grewelthorpe, HG4 3DA

Join experienced astronomers at the Lime Tree Observatory for an evening exploring the fabulous dark skies above the Nidderdale AONB. Enjoy a presentation on a variety of astronomical topics then head into the observatory for observing through...

Friday 14th December 2018 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Moonwatch at Bradley Burn Farm Shop

Bradley Burn Farm Shop, Bishop Auckland, DL13 3JH

See the craters, mountains and lava plains on the Moon at this event at Bradley Burn Farm Shop in collaboration with Bishop Auckland Astronomical Society. As well as our closest natural satellite telescopes will be pointed at a variety of objects...

Friday 14th December 2018 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Observing at High Legh Community Observatory

High Legh Community Observatory, High Legh, WA16 6NS

Join members of High Legh Astronomical Society in their charming and welcoming observatory. Open every Friday evening (weather permitting) and free of charge this is a great opportunity to go stargazing with a friendly and enthusiastic bunch of...

Friday 14th December 2018 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Sidewalk Astronomy with Liverpool Astronomical Society

Stadt Moers Park, Huyton, L35 3RG

Members of the Liverpool Astronomical Society will display several telescopes for viewing the night sky if clear. There will also be an illustrated talk on astronomy. This is a free event open to all members of the public.

Friday 14th December 2018 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Stargazing - Deep Sky Exploring - Dalby Forest

Dalby Forest Visitor Centre, Thornton-le-Dale, YO18 7LT

Join the team from Hidden Horizons for this fantastic stargazing event exploring the deep wonders of our Universe! Enjoy a tour of the night sky including various constellations and the deep sky objects with them. Use large telescopes to view...

Friday 14th December 2018 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Stargazing and Astrophotography in Elan Valley

Elan Valley - Visitor Centre, Rhayader, LD6 5HP

A unique opportunity for you to be part of a small group of 15 like minded individuals enjoying the dark skies of Wales. On the evening you will be accompanied by two astronomers who will guide you around the night sky from constellations to nebula,...

Friday 14th December 2018 from 19:00pm to 23:00pm

Stargazing and Meteors Evening at Raystede - Winter 2018

Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare, Ringmer, BN8 5AJ

Join members of Seven Sisters Astronomical Society for this fund-raising event at Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare. Booking required with ticket price include food. Contact the centre for more information.

Friday 14th December 2018 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

Stargazing with Aylesbury Astronomical Society

Winchendon Observatory, Aylesbury, HP18

Every Friday night during the observing season (September through to end of May) and weather permitting the members of Aylesbury Astronomy Society hold observing sessions at their out-of-town observatory located near the village of Upper...

Friday 14th December 2018 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Cleveland and District Astronomical Society Meeting

Wynyard Planetarium & Observatory, Stockton-on-Tees, TS21 3JG

Monthly meetings of Cleveland & District Astronomical society take place from September through to June each year and include a talk/presentation from a guest speaker and observing from the Wynyard Observatory if weather permits. Members of the...

Friday 14th December 2018 from 19:15pm to 21:30pm

Breckland Astronomical Society Meeting

Great Ellingham Recreation Centre, Great Ellingham, NR17 1HZ

Everyone is invited to join members of Breckland Astronomical Society for this one of their regular "second Friday of the month" meetings.  A varied programme of talks and presentations is offered throughout the season with the opportunity to...

Friday 14th December 2018 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Bridgend Astronomical Society Meeting

Pyle Church Hall, Bridgend, CF33 6AE

Join members of Bridgend Astronomical Society for this one of their regular monthly meetings that take place on the second Friday of each month between September and June.  Event includes a talk or presentation on an astronomically themed topic and...

Friday 14th December 2018 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Geminids Winter Star Party - Lincolnshire

Chambers Farm Wood - Forestry Commission, Market Rasen, LN8 5JR

See the often spectacular Geminids meteor shower from the amazing dark location of Chambers Farm Wood with expert astronomer Richard Darn. The event takes place just a few days after the meteor shower reaches it's peak and a first quarter moon will...

Friday 14th December 2018 from 19:30pm to 22:00pm

Hunt the Geminids Shooting Stars 2018!

Rose and Crown - Tooting Bec Road, London, SW17 8BH

Join the South West London Stargazers for this public event viewing the Gemninds meteor shower from Tooting Common.  Meet up in the Rose and Crown pub beforehand at 19:30pm.

Friday 14th December 2018 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Introducing Astronomy with Rosliston Astronomy Group

Rosliston Forestry Centre, Swadlincote, DE12 8JX

Join members from Rosliston Astronomy Group for this one of their regular monthly "Introducing Astronomy" meetings. These events take place on the second Friday of most months (dates are subject to change). Members of the public can turn up to...

Friday 14th December 2018 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Observing Evening with Leeds Astronomical Society

The New Inn - Eccup, Leeds, LS16 8AU

Everyone is welcome to join astronomers from Leeds Astronomical Society for this public stargazing event at their favoured stargazing location at The New Inn - Eccup. The event is free of charge and includes observing through telescopes if weather...

Friday 14th December 2018 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Observing on Blackheath Common

Blackheath Common, London, SE3 0TX

Members of the public are invited to join astronomers from Flamsteed Astronomical Society for an evening of observing on Blackheath Common. The meet-up point is just to the North of Talbot Place with free parking after 6:30pm. Note that these events...

Friday 14th December 2018 from 19:30pm to Saturday 15th December 2018 23:00pm

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Runcorn & Widnes Astronomers Meeting

Sandymoor Hall, Runcorn, WA7 1XU

Join the friendly members of Runcorn & Widnes Astronomers for their monthly meeting, to include a presentation and observing, observing! observing!! if weather permits. Visitors very welcome (small fee applies).

Friday 14th December 2018 from 19:30pm to 22:00pm

Seething Observatory Public Open Night

Seething Observatory, Thwaite, NR35 2EQ

Throughout the year astronomers from Norwich Astronomical Society hold regular public open nights at their observatory in Seething. It's a great opportunity to escape from the city lights and view the starry skies from this dark sky location. Enjoy...

Friday 14th December 2018 from 19:30pm to 22:00pm

Stargazing at Durlston with Wessex Astronomical Society

Durlston Astronomy Centre, Swanage, BH19 2JL

Everyone is invited to join the members of Wessex Astronomical Society at the Durlston Astronomy Centre for this one of their regular public meetings and stargazing sessions. These events consist of an astronomical themed presentation then...

Friday 14th December 2018 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Swindon Stargazers Monthly Meeting

Liddington Village Hall, Swindon, SN4 0HB

Join the members of the Swindon Stargazers for this one of their regular third Friday of the month meetings except July and August (this Christmas meeting rescheduled to the second Friday as it's the Christmas Social!). Note that no formal...

Friday 14th December 2018 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Chesterfield Barnett Observatory - All Welcome!

Chesterfield Barnett Observatory, Chesterfield, S41 8RH

Everyone is welcome to join the friendly and enthusiastic members of Chesterfield Astronomical Society at this one of their weekly Friday night observatory open evenings! There is no need to book for this casual stargazing session -- just pop in if...

Friday 14th December 2018 from 20:00pm to 23:00pm

JSL Observatory Public Observing Session

Jim Savage-Lowden Observatory, Culloden Moor, IV2 5EU

On several Fridays each month throughout the winter season members from Highlands Astronomical Society open the doors to their Jim Savage-Lowden Observatory to the public for observing sessions.Note that this schedule of opening is based on...

Friday 14th December 2018 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

Nene Valley Astronomical Society Star Night Observing

Chelveston Village Hall, Chelveston, NN9 6AT

Everyone is invited to join astronomers from Nene Valley Astronomical Society for this one of their regular observing sessions held every Friday during the observing season (September through to April) at their favoured dark sky location of...

Friday 14th December 2018 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

Stargazing and Meteors Evening at Raystede - Winter 2018

Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare, Ringmer, BN8 5AJ

Join members of Seven Sisters Astronomical Society for this fund-raising event at Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare. Booking required with ticket price include food. Contact the centre for more information.

Friday 14th December 2018 from 20:00pm to 23:30pm

Stargazing at the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory

Scottish Dark Sky Observatory, Dalmellington, KA6 7PZ

Amaze at the wonderfully dark skies above Galloway, see the Milky Way arching overhead and observe through large aperture instruments with the assistance of experienced resident and volunteer Astronomers. Events take place most weekday and weekend...

Friday 14th December 2018 from 20:00pm to 23:00pm

Stargazing - Deep Sky Exploring (Late Night) - Dalby Forest

Dalby Forest Visitor Centre, Thornton-le-Dale, YO18 7LT

Join the team from Hidden Horizons for this fantastic stargazing event exploring the deep wonders of our Universe! Enjoy a late night tour of the night sky including various constellations and the deep sky objects with them. Use large telescopes...

Friday 14th December 2018 from 21:30pm to 23:30pm

Mills Observatory Science Saturday

Mills Observatory, Dundee, DD2 2UB

Visit the Mills Observatory on a Saturday afternoon and enjoy a range of astronomical related activities with the assistance of volunteers from Dundee University. Attendance is free of charge.On selected Saturdays you can also enjoy an...

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Keele Observatory Solar Observing

Keele Observatory, Stoke-on-Trent, ST5 5BG

Every Saturday afternoon the Keele Observatory is open to the public for solar observing. See our closest star like you may never have done before! The observatory is open no matter the weather with a short tour of the facility and a chance to chat...

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Public Observing on Eastbourne Seafront

The Western Lawns - Eastbourne Seafront, Eastbourne, BN21 4EE

Everyone is invited to join members of Eastbourne Astronomical Society for this free public observing event at the Western Lawns on Eastbourne Seafront. There will be a variety of telescopes to look through and you are welcome to bring along your...

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Moonwatch with Eddington Astronomical Society

Brewery Arts Centre - Kendal, Kendal, LA9 4HE

Join members from Eddington Astronomical Society for this free "moon-gazing" event at the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal.

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Stargazing at Great Notley Country Park

Great Notley Country Park, Braintree, CM77 7FS

Join members of North Essex Astronomical Society who will have their telescopes setup for observing this evening as long as the weather allows! Bring your own telescope along for expert help. Event is free however parking charges apply. Check...

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Stargazing Saturdays with COSMOS

Island Hall & Reading Room - Isles of Scilly, St Martins, TR25 0QN

Over the winter months the group behind the Community Observatory St Martins on Scilly run regular Stargazing Saturday events from their dark sky location at the Island Hall on St Martins, unless the weather is terrible! Everyone is welcome to join...

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Comet Watch with Lincoln Astronomical Society

Lincoln Observatory, Lincoln, LN1 3TZ

The members of Lincoln Astronomical Society will be opening their observatory for viewing comet 46P/Wirtanen on the evenings of 14th and 15th December. Visitors are very welcome to join them!

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East Essex Astronomy Club Meeting

Burnham-on-Crouch Baptist Hall, Burnham-on-Crouch, CM0 8AS

Join the members of East Essex Astronomy Club for their monthly meeting with observing afterwards if clear.

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Stargazing at Abberton Reservoir

Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, CO2 0EU

Organised by the Essex Wildlife Trust and North Essex Astronomical Society this is a fantastic opportunity to get away from the city lights and go stargazing! Look through large telescopes, listen to one of the interesting astronomical talks given,...

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Comet Watch at Beetle Bank

Beetle Bank Farm, Murton, YO19 5XD

Observe the comet 46P/Wirtanen as it reaches its closest approach with Earth along with members of The York Astronomical Society at their favoured stargazing location Beetle Bank Farm. Expectations of this comet are high with anticipation that it...

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East Lincolnshire Astronomy Club Meeting

Scamblesby Village Hall, Scamblesby, LN11 9XF

Everyone is invited to join the members of the East Lincolnshire Astronomy Club for this one of their regular club meetings held on the third Saturday of every month. The event will often include a talk by a guest speaker and always include...

Tonight from 19:00

15/12/18
18:00
97%

Failand Observatory Public Open Night

Failand Observatory, Near Wraxall, BS8 3US

Members of Bristol Astronomical Society open their Failand observatory to the public on most clear Saturday nights if the weather forecast allows for observing... A notice will be shown on the Bristol Astronomical Society website on the evening to...

Tonight from 19:00

15/12/18
18:00
56%

Free Comet Spotting at Silbyback Lake

Silbyback Lake Activity Centre - Bodmin Moor, Liskeard, PL14 6ER

14/12/18 18:35 we've been notified that this event has been cancelled due to poor weather forecast.You are invited to attend Caradon Observatory's next free outreach event on Saturday 15th December at Siblyback Lake. It will be a purely...

Tonight from 19:00

15/12/18
18:00
11%

Moonwatch With Durham Astro

Rainton Meadows Visitor Centre, Houghton-le-Spring, DH4 6PU

Join members of Durham Astronomical Society for this public stargazing event. See the moon in stunning detail through telescopes and enjoy a tour of the night skies from this welcoming and friendly group of amateur astronomers. Ideal for children...

Tonight from 19:00

15/12/18
18:00
94%

Stargazing and Astrophotography in Brecon

Brecon - Libanus Mountain Centre, Brecon, LD3 8ER

Stargazing in the Brecon Beacons with your very own astronomer for the evening in one of the world’s few Dark Sky areas! Take a tour of the night sky, viewing familiar and unfamiliar constellations of the northern hemisphere, find various deep sky...

Tonight from 19:00

15/12/18
18:00
59%

Stargazing Live with Sheffield Astronomical Society

Sportsman Inn at Lodge Moor, Sheffield, S10 5NF

Each month from September through to March Sheffield Astronomical Society host a "Stargazing Live" event. These events are open to everyone and offer a great opportunity to look through telescopes and observe a variety of objects. Astronomers will...

Tonight from 19:00

15/12/18
18:00
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96%

Norman Lockyer Observatory Open Evening

Norman Lockyer Observatory, Sidmouth, EX10 0NY

Learn about the history of the telescopes at the Norman Lockyer Observatory including a short talk, planetarium presentation, tour of the technology centre and observing if clear. Entrance fee applies, no need to pre-book.

Tonight from 19:15

15/12/18
18:00
11°
4%

Public Open Evening at Clanfield Observatory

Clanfield Observatory, Clanfield, PO8

Join the members of Hampshire Astronomical Group at their Clanfield Observatory for this one of their regular public open evenings. The event includes a tour of the facilities and looking through their large telescopes if weather permits. These...

Tonight from 19:15

15/12/18
18:00
98%

Flamsteed Observatory Open Evening

Flamsteed Observatory, Derby, DE6 3BY

Join members of Derby & District Astronomical Society for their monthly public observing session at their Flamsteed Observatory located within easy travel distance north-west from Derby. Events are weather dependent -- please check with event...

Tonight from 19:30

15/12/18
18:00
97%

Geminids Winter Star Party - Yorkshire Dales

Keld Resource Centre, Richmond, DL11 6LJ

See the often spectacular Geminids meteor shower from the amazing dark village of Keld in Upper Swaledale with expert astronomer Richard Darn. The event takes place just a few days after the meteor shower reaches it's peak and a first quarter moon...

Tonight from 19:30

15/12/18
18:00
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95%

Kenley Observatory Open Night

Kenley Observatory, Kenley, CR8 5EP

Members of Croydon Astronomical Society open the doors of their Kenley Observatory to the public every Saturday evening from Autumn through to early Summer. Events are subject to good weather conditions and varied start times therefore please check...

Tonight from 19:30

15/12/18
18:00
98%

Seething Observatory Public Open Night

Seething Observatory, Thwaite, NR35 2EQ

Throughout the year astronomers from Norwich Astronomical Society hold regular public open nights at their observatory in Seething. It's a great opportunity to escape from the city lights and view the starry skies from this dark sky location. Enjoy...

Tonight from 19:30

15/12/18
18:00
97%

Stargazing Saturday at the Astronomy Centre

The Astronomy Centre, Near Todmorden, OL14 7HP

Every Saturday night (weather permitting) the Astronomy Centre opens its observatory doors to the public for an evening of stargazing. This is perhaps the best equipped observatory in the UK hosting a wide range of large aperture telescopes. Please...

Tonight from 19:30

15/12/18
18:00
98%

Magical Moon Watch

The Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre, Hexham, NE47 7AN

Spend an evening at The Sill observing the majesty of the moon. If cloudy our astronomer will present a fascinating talk about our amazing moon and its effect on Earth and upon us. Weather permitting, telescopes and binoculars will be available...

Tonight from 20:00

15/12/18
18:00
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93%

Stargazing at the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory

Scottish Dark Sky Observatory, Dalmellington, KA6 7PZ

Amaze at the wonderfully dark skies above Galloway, see the Milky Way arching overhead and observe through large aperture instruments with the assistance of experienced resident and volunteer Astronomers. Events take place most weekday and weekend...

Tonight from 20:00

15/12/18
18:00
95%

Public Observing at Cygnus Observatory

Cygnus Observatory, 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 16th December 2018 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

16/12/18
18:00
47%

Public Open Evening at Clanfield Observatory

Clanfield Observatory, Clanfield, PO8

Join the members of Hampshire Astronomical Group at their Clanfield Observatory for this one of their regular public open evenings. The event includes a tour of the facilities and looking through their large telescopes if weather permits. These...

Sunday 16th December 2018 from 19:15pm to 21:30pm

16/12/18
18:00
87%

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 16th December 2018 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

16/12/18
18:00
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