St Mary’s Lighthouse is on a small island north of Whitley Bay. The location is a great place to escape some of the worst light pollution surrounding the area, and the lighthouse makes an interesting foreground object for astrophotos and aurora. In addition, the venue is a favoured location for the Sunderland Astronomical Society to run outreach stargazing events.
Weather forecast for Whitley Bay (beach) (1.7 miles away) updated 01/12/23 at 04:00.
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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