Edinburgh Royal Observatory

Blackford Hill, Edinburgh, EH9 3HJ

Location description

The Edinburgh Royal Observatory has a long history dating back to 1786 when the first Chair of Astronomy was established at the University. It is now one of the UK's major centres of astronomical research. The observatory is accessible to the public during regular open evenings which must be booked in advance online and suitable for anyone with an interest in astronomy.


Location event organiser

Edinburgh Royal Observatory 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

22/02
18:00
74%
22/02
21:00
49%
23/02
00:00
53%
23/02
03:00
54%
23/02
06:00
40%
Weather forecast for Morningside (0.86 miles away) updated 22/02/20 at 16:01.

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

Public Astronomy Evening at Edinburgh Royal Observatory

Thursday 27th February 2020 from 18:30pm to 21:00pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Public Astronomy Evening at Edinburgh Royal Observatory

Thursday 12th March 2020 from 18:30pm to 21:00pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Public Astronomy Evening at Edinburgh Royal Observatory

Thursday 26th March 2020 from 18:30pm to 21:00pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

Location

When to visit

The best time to visit Edinburgh Royal Observatory can be found on this dark skies calendar.

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