The Piazzi Smyth Observatory and planetarium is located on the premises of Bedford School and operates during term time from mid-September to mid-April. It is home to a huge 16″ aperture Schmidt Cassegrain reflecting telescope.
The facility is available to book by interest groups and other schools. Events are run in collaboration with enthusiastic astronomers from the Bedford Astronomical Society.
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Weather forecast for Bedford (0.7 miles away) updated 24/01/22 at 04:00.
Local light pollution
The above demonstrates the estimated effect of light pollution - graphics created using Stellarium.
Best time to visit
The below chart shows when the skies will be at their darkest at this location and therefore the best time to visit. 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. See our dark sky calendar for more details.