Stargazing at RSPB Lakenheath with Jonathan Shanklin

Stargazing at RSPB Lakenheath with Jonathan Shanklin

Thursday 3rd October 2019 from 18:00pm to 20:30pm

RSPB Lakenheath
Station Road, Lakenheath, IP27 9AD

Join the team from RSPB Lakenheath for an evening of stargazing at the reserve. After a 30 minute dusk walk to experience dusk falling on the reserve, we will join local astronomer Jonathan Shanklin for an evening learning about the sky at night.

Jonathan is one of the world authorities on comets and has appeared on BBC’s Stargazing Live. He was also one of the scientists that discovered the hole in the ozone layer. If it is clear, we will do some stargazing with special telescopes and binoculars.

We will be able to admire the crescent moon and see several of the planets in the Solar System, including Jupiter and Saturn. If it is cloudy, Jonathan will do a talk in the visitor centre about the wonders of astronomy. Please bring a torch and insect repellent. This event is limited to 20 participants.

Please note that this event has already taken place on 03/10/2019

Event booking

Bookings for this event can be made via the Eventbrite website.

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Event darkness

The Moon has a big impact on the visibility of celestial bodies in the night sky. Try to plan your stargazing when there is no bright Moon at night as this is when the skies will be at their darkest.

The below chart shows if and when the skies will be at their darkest during this event. Moonlight is shown in light yellow and the Sun's twilight in light blue. Midnight on the date shown is shown as a white line with sunset to the left and sunrise the next morning to the right. A black background with stars shows the best times for stargazing.

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