The Astronomy Centre
Bacup Road A681, Near Todmorden, Lancashire, OL14 7HP
The Astronomy Centre near Todmorden is open to the public every Saturday until late throughout the year.
Join their friendly team of astronomers for a tour of the facility and explore the skies with various telescopes, including a huge 30″ aperture Dobsonian telescope and 8″ refractor.
Observing using telescopes is weather permitting, with talks and presentations taking place if the weather is cloudy or the skies are light.
We recommend booking one of their formal sessions, which starts at 18.00 for juniors, 19.30 and 20.45 for adults.
Drop-in visitors are welcome to use the central area informally for casual observing, which may be supervised (staff permitting).
Safe solar observation and the Camera Obscura are available when the weather allows, pre-booking is advised.
Volunteers run the venue entirely; a minimum cash donation of £2.00 is asked for to help cover costs.
Please note that this has already taken place on 02/12/2023
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.
Sat 2nd Dec
Local light pollution
The above demonstrates the estimated effect of light pollution - graphics created using Stellarium.
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