The Isle of Wight Observatory
Watery Lane, Newchurch, Isle of Wight, PO36 0LX
The Newchurch Observatory on the Isle of Wight is open to visitors every Thursday evening, with events run by the friendly and welcoming astronomers from the Vectis Astronomical Society.
If you would like to attend this event, please contact the Society to confirm your visit and help them manage numbers.
In addition, visitors should anticipate some precautions regarding Covid, including a limit to the number of people in the observatory at any one time and the requirement to wear a face mask.
There is no charge for admission; however, donations are welcome and appreciated. So if you’re a local or even visiting the Isle of Wight on holiday, why not join them for an evening of stargazing?
Please note that this event has already taken place on 03/03/2022
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.
Thu 3rd Mar
Local light pollution
The above demonstrates the estimated effect of light pollution - graphics created using Stellarium.