Monkton Nature Reserve, Monkton, CT12 4LH
Join the Monkton Stargazers for this one of their regular public open evenings at the Thanet Observatory at Monkton Nature Reserve.
Enjoy fantastic views through the observatory’s 12inch Newtonian telescope and gaze at the stars from this wonderfully dark location in an old chalk pit.
There’s space outside for enthusiasts to bring their own equipment too, so if you have a telescope of your own, take it along!
These events normally take place every 4th Friday of the month (except May, June and July), however this one has been moved forward one week to avoid clashing with Santa! The event is free of charge to members of the Reserve. Non-members can attend one event for free before being asked to join.
Note that these events are subject to favourable weather conditions, and the event start time is subject to change. We advise checking the Monkton Stargazer’s Facebook page or calling Monkton Reserve on 01843 822666 before 5 pm on the day to confirm any last-minute event details.
Please note that this event has already taken place on 17/12/2021
Monkton Stargazers is organising this event
Please contact Monkton Stargazers directly for more details regarding this event or, if appropriate, contact the event venue.
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Monkton Stargazers
For full details on how to attend this event, including how to book, please see the event's official website.Visit event website
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 17th Dec
Local light pollution
The above demonstrates the estimated effect of light pollution - graphics created using Stellarium.
Below is a list of events at Thanet Observatory. View these events on a calendar.