Harehills Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 4HA
Everyone is invited to join us and Moon Palace on the evening of 21 October for this year’s International Observe the Moon Night, a worldwide event coordinated by NASA. BYOT (Bring Your Telescope) or binoculars and create a mass viewing event for the Year of Culture!
On this date, the Moon is around the first quarter – a great phase for evening observing – and we may also get lucky and witness the Orionid Meteor Shower. This family-friendly event is a time to unite with fellow astronomy enthusiasts and curious people worldwide.
A limited number of telescopes will be available, but we encourage everyone to dust off their own or bring a pair of binoculars if you have one. Drop in between 6pm-9pm. Tickets required.
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.
Please note that this has already taken place on 21/10/2023
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.
Sat 21st Oct
Local light pollution
The above demonstrates the estimated effect of light pollution - graphics created using Stellarium.
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