The Thanet Observatory is a recently refurbished observatory (2013) located in the grounds of Monkton Nature Reserve. It’s proximity to a large nearby agricultural greenhouses shows up on light pollution maps however being set inside an old chalk quarry the skies are probably much darker. Members of the Monkton Stargazers regularly open the observatory to the public.
Location event organiser
Monkton Stargazers organises stargazing events at this location.
Meeting place for local astronomical society, often in a location that enables stargazing and observing.
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When to stargaze at Thanet 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.