Oakwood Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 3LF
Join us at Moon Palace for Winter Solstice, the year’s longest night. Drop into this free daytime into evening observation session at Fearnville Fields for an other-worldly experience combining daytime solar and radio astronomy. We’ll also make the most of the dark winter hours to do moon and sky gazing with the onboard telescopes. Spend time chatting with your Artist and Scientist hosts or browse the onboard library over a cup of ‘cosmic’ tea! This experience is suitable for all ages.
Artists Heather Peak and Ivan Morison created Moon Palace; this new artwork and mobile observatory is inspired by the legacy of John Smeaton and the observatory he had in East Leeds. The project forms part of Leeds Year of Culture 2023.
The below chart shows if and when the skies will be at their darkest during this event. 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.
Fri 22nd Dec
Local light pollution
The above demonstrates the estimated effect of light pollution - graphics created using Stellarium.
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