The Athenaeum is a historical building situated in the heart of Bury St Edmunds close to the city centre. Located within the dome at the top of the building is the Athenaeum Observatory housing the Victorian Troughton & Simms 4-inch refracting telescope. Unfortunately the observatory is not currently open to the public as it is in need of restoration. We have featured the observatory on Go Stargazing to raise awareness of it and to assist Athenaeum Astronomy Association returning it to public use.
Photograph courtesy of Dr Richard Young, Chair of Athenaeum Astronomy Association
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Weather forecast for Bury St. Edmunds (0.1 miles away) updated 20/05/22 at 12:00.
Local light pollution
The above demonstrates the estimated effect of light pollution - graphics created using Stellarium.
Best time to visit
The below chart shows when the skies will be at their darkest at this location and therefore the best time to visit. 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. See our dark sky calendar for more details.