Alston Observatory Open Evening

Wednesday 5th February 2020 from 18:00pm to 22:00pm

Alston Observatory

Alston Lane, Preston, PR3 3BP


Join the professional Astronomers at Alston Observatory for this one of their regular monthly open evenings that run through the observing season October through March.  These events offer a wonderful opportunity for members of the public to visit this research-grade facility and explore the dark skies above.  Tickets are free of charge however prior booking is required. Note that tickets are snapped up really quickly and are made available via Eventbrite a day or two after the previous event.

- Event includes an astronomy related presentation or talk.

- Event will involve stargazing and observing the skies through telescopes weather permitting

Corona virus

Please be aware that due to the Coronavirus it is quite possible that this event has been cancelled or postponed, if you are considering attending this event please double check with the event organiser directly to confirm. If this event is indeed affected the organisers will no doubt need your support in the future -- please do consider attending an event of theirs when possible! Thank you!


This event is being organised by Alston Observatory who should be contacted if you have any queries. We highly recommend you confirm this event is indeed going ahead before travelling. If you do attend it would be fantastic if you could let the organiser know you found them via Go Stargazing!


Tickets for this event can be booked via the Eventbrite website (they are released each month a few days after the previous month's event).

Go to the organiser's web page for this event

Location 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.

Location darkness on Wednesday 5th February 2020

The below graphic shows if and when it will be dark at Alston Observatory on the evening of this event. Yellow areas show when the skies are not dark due to daylight (bold yellow) and moonlight (faded yellow). Click on the image for an explanation on how darkness is determined.

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