Norman Fisher Observatory at Kenley
Near Kenley Aerodrome, Kenley, CR8 5EP
From 21:00 on every clear night between the 6th and 12th of August the Croydon Astronomical Society will be opening their Kenley Observatory to the public to view our four brightest planets. Venus, Jupiter and Saturn will all be visible at Sunset, with the planet Mars rising very shortly afterwards.
This year Mars is at it best since 2003 and for the next 17 years. A close approach to Earth will allow us to see it bigger and brighter than at any other time for years. This is an apparition of Mars not to be missed.
Also the night of 11th through to the small hours of the morning of the 12th is our annual Perseid Meteor Shower watch. This is the peak of the shower and given clear skies we can expect up to 100 meteors an hour. Best seen with the unaided eye we recommend bringing a lounger or ground sheet and just lying back and enjoying the meteors.
Note that there is no parking at the Observatory, please park in Hayes Lane, Kenley.
Please note that this event has already taken place on 06/08/2018
Croydon Astronomical Society is organising this event
Please contact Croydon Astronomical Society directly for more details regarding this event or, if appropriate, contact the event venue.
For full details on how to attend this event, including how to book, please see the event's official website.Visit event website
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.
Mon 6th Aug
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Wed 8th Aug
Thu 9th Aug
Fri 10th Aug
Sat 11th Aug
Sun 12th Aug
Local light pollution
The above demonstrates the estimated effect of light pollution - graphics created using Stellarium.