Herstmonceux Observatory - Dark Skies Festival 2018

Herstmonceux Observatory - Dark Skies Festival 2018

Friday 16th February 2018 from 10:00am to 20:00pm

The Observatory Science Centre
Herstmonceux, Hailsham, BN27 1RN

The observatory will be open for a “Family Dark Skies Day” to help celebrate South Downs National Park being designated as an International Dark Sky Reserve in 2016. This special open evening of the Herstmonceux Observatory is taking place as part of the National Parks Dark Skies Festival 2018.

Please note that this event has already taken place on 16/02/2018


Event organiser

South Downs National Park

South Downs National Park is organising this event

Please contact South Downs National Park directly for more details regarding this event or, if appropriate, contact the event venue.


Event booking

Please contact the event venue Herstmonceux Observatory for all booking enquiries.

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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.



Forthcoming events

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    Saturday 9th October 2021 from 18:30pm to 23:00pm

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    Saturday 23rd October 2021 from 18:30pm to 23:00pm

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    Sunday 7th November 2021 from 14:00pm to 20:00pm

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    Friday 12th November 2021 from 18:30pm to 23:00pm

    The Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux, Hailsham, BN27 1RN

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