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Thanet Observatory (closed)

Thanet Observatory (closed)

Monkton Nature Reserve, Monkton, Kent, CT12 4LH

The Thanet Observatory, located on the grounds of Monkton Nature Reserve, was once the home of the enthusiastic Monkton Stargazers astronomy group. The group held regular monthly observing sessions, which were incredibly popular and well attended.

Unfortunately, although public funding is readily available for such locations and there is no shortage of willing astronomers to run events at the site, the trustees of the nature reserve closed down the observatory in April 2022, having received poor advice. The closure resulted in a huge loss to the local community and missed opportunities for the location.

The Monkton Stargazers continue to host astronomy outreach events in the region, and we encourage everyone to support them!


Weather forecast

  • 22/05/22

    15° 5%
  • 22/05/22

    14° 7%
  • 23/05/22

    14° 12%
  • 23/05/22

    13° 9%

Weather forecast for Birchington (2.4 miles away) updated 22/05/22 at 12:00.




Events nearby

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  • South East Kent Astronomical Society meeting

    Saturday 11th June 2022 from 19:30pm to 21:00pm

    Alkham Village Hall, Alkham, CT15 7AR (14.6 miles away)

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  • East Essex Astronomy Club Meeting

    Saturday 18th June 2022 from 18:45pm to 21:00pm

    Burnham-on-Crouch Village Hall, Burnham-on-Crouch, CM0 8EF (28.0 miles away)

    More info
  • South East Kent Astronomical Society meeting

    Saturday 9th July 2022 from 19:30pm to 21:00pm

    Alkham Village Hall, Alkham, CT15 7AR (14.6 miles away)

    More info
  • South East Kent Astronomical Society meeting

    Saturday 13th August 2022 from 19:30pm to 21:00pm

    Alkham Village Hall, Alkham, CT15 7AR (14.6 miles away)

    More info
  • East Essex Astronomy Club Meeting

    Saturday 10th September 2022 from 18:45pm to 21:00pm

    Burnham-on-Crouch Village Hall, Burnham-on-Crouch, CM0 8EF (28.0 miles away)

    More info

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