Fernley Observatory Public Open Day

Fernley Observatory Public Open Day

Sunday 26th May 2019 from 10:30am to 17:00pm

Fernley Observatory
Hesketh Park, Southport, PR9 9LN, North West

You are very much encouraged to take this opportunity to visit the fabulous Grade 2 listed Fernley Observatory in the wonderful location of Hesketh Park at this one of a number of public open days that take place throughout the year. This is a great opportunity to learn about the facility’s history including seeing up close a rare example of a working 6 inch aperture Victorian refracting telescope made by the famous self-taught optical specialist Thomas Cooke as well as the founding astronomer Joseph Baxendale who was in 1871 was appointed ‘Timekeeping Astronomer and Meteorologist for Manchester’. These events are run on a voluntary basis by proud and enthusiastic members of Southport Astronomical Society.

Please note that this event has already taken place on 26/05/2019


Event organiser

Southport Astronomical Society

Southport Astronomical Society is organising this event

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


Event booking

This event is free of charge with no need to book in advance.

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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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