Stargazing at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard 2023

Stargazing at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard 2023

Wednesday 25th January 2023 from 18:00pm to 21:00pm

Portsmouth History Dockyard
Victory Gate, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 3LJ, South East

Stargazing at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is back in person for the first time in three years!

Join astrophysicists and cosmologists from the University of Portsmouth, navigation experts from the National Museum of the Royal Navy, amateur astronomers from Hampshire Astronomical Group, space engineers from Airbus Defence and Space, and more TBC, at this free event that explores navigation through space and time.

During the evening, you will have the opportunity to look through a telescope, learn how sailors navigate by the stars and learn more about our Universe.

Short talks will be given throughout the night on stargazing, cosmology and space topics. There will be a range of activities to suit all ages, with plenty to do and see whether it’s clear or cloudy!

Please note that this has already taken place on 25/01/2023

Event booking

Book tickets for this event via the University of Portsmouth 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.

  • Littleton Farm Campsite

    Upwaltham, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 0LX (21.8 miles away)

    Stay & Gaze

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