The Thanet Observatory is a recently refurbished observatory (2013) located in the grounds of Monkton Nature Reserve. It’s proximity to a large nearby agricultural greenhouses shows up on light pollution maps however being set inside an old chalk quarry the skies are probably much darker. Members of the Monkton Stargazers regularly open the observatory to the public.
Location events organiser
Monkton Stargazers organises events at this location
Please contact Monkton Stargazers directly with any enquiries relating to visiting this location
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Monkton Stargazers
Weather forecast for Birchington (2.4 miles away) updated 28/10/21 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.