The Isle of Wight Observatory
Watery Lane, Newchurch, PO36 0LX
The Newchurch Observatory on the Isle of Wight is open to visitors every Thursday evening, with events being run by the friendly and welcoming astronomers from the Vectis Astronomical Society.
Groups of six people or more should contact the Society before their visit. 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 09/12/2021
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 9th Dec
Local light pollution
The above demonstrates the estimated effect of light pollution - graphics created using Stellarium.