Open in mid-April 2023; the Hunstanton Observatory offers a fantastic resource for the local community.
Complete with a roll-off roof and pads for setting up telescopes; the observatory will provide a venue for stargazing events enabling people to explore the incredible dark skies above the Norfolk Coast AONB.
The observatory can be used during the daytime for wildlife observation and solar viewing. If the skies are cloudy, a presentation screen can be used for talks and virtual night sky tours.
Anyone interested in organising an event at the observatory is invited to book the venue via the Hunstanton Observatory website.
The creation of the Hunstanton Observatory has been made possible by the EXPERIENCE project. This is a European Union-funded initiative of €23.3 million co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (€16 million).
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Weather forecast for Hunstanton Beach (0.3 miles away) updated 28/11/23 at 20:00.
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.
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