Wirksworth Stardisc

Stoney Wood, Wirksworth, DE4 4EN

Location description

Commanding stunning views over the Ecclesbourne Valley as well as starry skies above the Wirksworth Stardisc is a fascinating art installation and stargazing site. First opened in September 2011 the location receives thousands of visitors each year.

The installation features a stone circle measuring 12m across with star charts engraved into black granite stone along with the names of constellations visible from the Northern hemisphere.

It is free to visit and open to everyone 24 hours a day all year round.


Go stargazing site

A place identified by the Go Stargazing team as a good spot to stargaze from. This is based on local light pollution levels, distance from nearby towns and cities and having somewhere safe to park. These locations tend to be remote car parks with no facilities.


Tonight's weather forecast

20/09/19
19:00
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20/09/19
22:00
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21/09/19
01:00
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21/09/19
04:00
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Weather forecast for Wirksworth (0.44 miles away) updated 20/09/19 at 20:01.

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 Wirksworth Stardisc

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.

Location

When to visit

The best time to visit Wirksworth Stardisc can be found on this dark skies calendar.

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