Dark skies celebration with Guildford Astronomical Society

Dark skies celebration with Guildford Astronomical Society

Friday 9th February 2024 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Newlands Corner Visitor Centre
Shere Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU4 8SE

Enjoy an evening of stargazing at Newlands Corner from 7pm on Friday 9th February to celebrate our Dark Skies!

We think our star-studded skies overhead are as valuable as our beautiful landscapes. We want to champion and protect the fragile oases of natural darkness still to be found within the county and to do all we can to reduce the damage done countywide by light pollution.

Discover the night sky with Guildford Astronomical Society by looking through telescopes, partaking in a Star Count and learning about astrophotography.

If you were gifted a telescope for Christmas, or have one sitting in storage that needs to be dusted off and you would like some help setting it up, feel free to bring it with you.

We’ll also be joined in the Discovery Centre by the University of Surrey to hear about impacts on wildlife, wellbeing and their Space4Nature satellite project, and Surrey Bat Group about the curious and special species that are essential to protect.

This is a free event and open to all, just turn up on the day, however, do keep an eye out on your e-mails as we will send out a notification if the weather is not favourable.

Please note that this has already taken place on 09/02/2024

Event organiser

Guildford Astronomical Society

Guildford Astronomical Society is organising this event

Please contact Guildford Astronomical Society directly for more details regarding this event or, if appropriate, contact the event venue.

Event booking

This is a free event with no prior booking required, just turn up on the day!

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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.

Stay and gaze nearby

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