Norman Lockyer Observatory

Salcombe Hill Road, Sidmouth, Devon, EX10 0NY

Location description

The Norman Lockyer Observatory is both a historical observatory and home to an active amateur astronomical society. It is a centre for amateur astronomy, meteorology, radio astronomy, and the promotion of science education. The facility is publicly accessible during one of the many frequent open evenings (and open days during Summer) and is particularly ideal for families visiting the area whilst on holiday.


Location event organiser

Norman Lockyer Astronomical Society organises stargazing events at this location.


Observatory

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


Tonight's weather forecast

17/07/19
19:00
19°
5%
17/07/19
22:00
18°
5%
18/07/19
01:00
17°
20%
18/07/19
04:00
17°
14%
Weather forecast for Sidmouth (0.97 miles away) updated 17/07/19 at 06:00.

Location light pollution

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

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

When to stargaze at Norman Lockyer Observatory

This location's semi-rural setting means it benefits from dark skies depending on the time of the year and lunar cycle. In the calendar below where you can see stars indicates when the skies will be dark and the best time to stargaze. Yellow areas show the adverse effects of daylight (bold) and moonlight (faded). Hover over a day to see darkness times or click on a date for more information.

Forthcoming events at this location

Norman Lockyer Observatory Open Afternoon

Wednesday 17th July 2019 from 14:15pm to 16:15pm
Solar Observing

Norman Lockyer Observatory Apollo 50th Anniversary

Saturday 20th July 2019 from 19:15pm to 21:15pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Norman Lockyer Observatory Open Evening

Thursday 25th July 2019 from 19:15pm to 21:15pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Norman Lockyer Observatory Open Evening

Saturday 3rd August 2019 from 19:15pm to 21:15pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

South West Astronomy Fair 2019

Saturday 10th August 2019 from 09:30am to 17:30pm
Starfest

Norman Lockyer Observatory Monthly Meeting

Monday 12th August 2019 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm
Observing (if clear), Society Meeting

Norman Lockyer Observatory Open Afternoon

Wednesday 14th August 2019 from 14:15pm to 16:15pm
Solar Observing

Norman Lockyer Observatory Open Evening

Thursday 22nd August 2019 from 19:15pm to 21:15pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Norman Lockyer Observatory Open Evening

Saturday 7th September 2019 from 19:15pm to 21:15pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Norman Lockyer Observatory Monthly Meeting

Monday 9th September 2019 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm
Observing (if clear), Society Meeting

Norman Lockyer Observatory Open Evening

Saturday 21st September 2019 from 19:15pm to 21:15pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Norman Lockyer Observatory Open Evening

Saturday 5th October 2019 from 19:15pm to 21:15pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Sidmouth Science Festival 2019 at Norman Lockyer Observatory

Sunday 13th October 2019 from 11:00am to 16:00pm

Norman Lockyer Observatory Monthly Meeting

Monday 14th October 2019 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm
Observing (if clear), Society Meeting

Norman Lockyer Observatory Open Evening

Saturday 26th October 2019 from 19:15pm to 21:15pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Norman Lockyer Observatory Open Evening

Saturday 9th November 2019 from 19:15pm to 21:15pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Norman Lockyer Observatory Monthly Meeting

Monday 11th November 2019 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm
Observing (if clear), Society Meeting

Norman Lockyer Observatory Open Evening

Saturday 23rd November 2019 from 19:15pm to 21:15pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Norman Lockyer Observatory Open Evening

Saturday 7th December 2019 from 19:15pm to 21:15pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Norman Lockyer Observatory Monthly Meeting

Monday 9th December 2019 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm
Observing (if clear), Society Meeting

Norman Lockyer Observatory Open Evening

Saturday 14th December 2019 from 19:15pm to 21:15pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Norman Lockyer Observatory Monthly Meeting

Monday 13th January 2020 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm
Observing (if clear), Society Meeting

Norman Lockyer Observatory Monthly Meeting

Monday 10th February 2020 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm
Observing (if clear), Society Meeting

Norman Lockyer Observatory Monthly Meeting

Monday 9th March 2020 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm
Observing (if clear), Society Meeting

Norman Lockyer Observatory Monthly Meeting

Monday 13th April 2020 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm
Observing (if clear), Society Meeting

Location

When to visit

The best time to visit Norman Lockyer Observatory can be found on this dark skies calendar.

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Apollo 50th Anniversary

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