Newtown Astronomy Society Open Day

Newtown Astronomy Society Open Day

Saturday 16th March 2024 from 10:00am to 16:00pm

Rhayader Leisure Centre
North Street, Rhayader, Powys, LD6 5BU, Central Wales

Everyone is invited to this free open day organised by the Newtown Astronomy Society.

The event includes various talks including Russell Parry on Space food and the Appleby meteorite.

Emma Wride is doing a hands on for the younger audiences about space art and how to make a rocket that works.

First Light Optics will bring a range of beginners scopes to demonstrate, as well as linking to their solar observatory in Spain to show live views of the Sun.

There will be a stand by Chloe Jackson for a local wildlife reserve and viewing site away from any lights.

And Newtown Astronomy Society astronomers will have a specially-equipped telescope will be available to observe the Sun safely if the weather permits.

Please note that this has already taken place on 16/03/2024


Event organiser

Newtown Astronomy Society

Newtown Astronomy Society is organising this event

Please contact Newtown Astronomy Society directly for more details regarding this event or, if appropriate, contact the event venue.


Event booking

For full details on how to attend this event, including how to book, please see the event's official website.

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Event darkness

The Moon has a big impact on the visibility of celestial bodies in the night sky. Try to plan your stargazing when there is no bright Moon at night as this is when the skies will be at their darkest.

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.



Stay and gaze nearby

Stay at one of these stargazing-friendly accommodation providers.

  • Elan Valley Dark Sky Lodge

    Elan Village, Rhayader, Powys, LD6 5HP (3.1 miles away)

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  • Penbont House Tearooms, Bed and Breakfast

    Penbont House, Elan Valley, LH6 5HS (3.5 miles away)

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  • Cwm Clyd Bunkhouse

    Claerwen Valley, Rhayader, Powys, LD6 5HF (6.1 miles away)

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  • Little Hill Lodges – Llandrindod Wells

    Little Hill Barn, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, LD1 5NY (8.2 miles away)

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  • Little Hill Lodges

    Little Hill Barn, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, LD1 5NY (8.2 miles away)

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  • Belan Bluebell Woods Camping & Glamping

    Pantmaenog Farm, Llanidloes, Powys, SY18 6QL (9.0 miles away)

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