Free Comet Spotting at Silbyback Lake

Free Comet Spotting at Silbyback Lake

Saturday 15th December 2018 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

Siblyback Lake Activity Centre - Bodmin Moor
Tremar, Liskeard, PL14 6ER

14/12/18 18:35 we’ve been notified that this event has been cancelled due to poor weather forecast.

You are invited to attend Caradon Observatory’s next free outreach event on Saturday 15th December at Siblyback Lake. It will be a purely observing evening between 7pm and 10pm so please wrap up warm and hope for a clear sky. No prior booking is required.

There will be a range of telescopes for visitors to look through. The main focus of the night will be the closest approach of comet 46P/Wirtanen. There is a really good chance that this comet will be visible with the naked eye from this dark site.

If it’s rainy or too cloudy the event will be postponed. Caradon Observatory will post Facebook updates on the days running up to the event. The Rock Hopper Cafe will be open for refreshments and pre-booked meals.

The event is one of a series showcasing the exceptional quality of the night sky over Bodmin Moor. Conditions at the last Siblyback dark sky event were very impressive. The moor was designated as an International Dark Sky Landscape in 2017 following a successful bid by Cornwall Council and Caradon Observatory.

Please note that this event has already taken place on 15/12/2018


Event organiser

Caradon Observatory

Caradon Observatory is organising this event

Please contact Caradon Observatory directly for more details regarding this event or, if appropriate, contact the event venue.


Event booking

Please direct all enquiries regarding this event to the venue.

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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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