James Irwin Observatory

Canterbury Adult Education Centre, Canterbury, CT2 8QA

Location description

The James Irwin Observatory is located within the grounds of Canterbury Academy and Adult Education Centre. Public access to the observatory is welcomed and facilitated by the enthusiastic members of Mid-Kent Astronomical Society who hold regular open evenings.

The observatory itself is home to a huge half-meter aperture Grubb-Parsons telescope, originally built to train students at Edinburgh University and relocated to the South West in 2012.


Location event organiser

Mid-Kent Astronomical Society organises stargazing events at this location.


Astronomical society

Meeting place for local astronomical society, often in a location that enables stargazing and observing.


Observatory

Location has an observatory that is accessible to the public by prior arrangement or during public events.


Tonight's weather forecast

23/03/19
18:00
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23/03/19
21:00
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24/03/19
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24/03/19
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Weather forecast for Canterbury (0.83 miles away) updated 23/03/19 at 20:00.

Location light pollution

This location is estimated to have light pollution levels similar to a urban setting based on satellite data from CPRE.

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The above demonstrates the estimated effect of light pollution - graphics created using Stellarium.

Forthcoming events at this location

James Irwin Observatory Public Open Evening

Friday 5th April 2019 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm
Observing (if clear)

James Irwin Observatory Public Open Evening

Friday 19th April 2019 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm
Observing (if clear)

Location

When to visit

The best time to visit James Irwin Observatory can be found on this dark skies calendar.

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