Toothill Observatory Public Open Evening - August 2023

Toothill Observatory Public Open Evening - August 2023

Saturday 19th August 2023 from 21:30pm to 23:30pm

Toothill Observatory
Toothill, Southampton, Hampshire, SO16 8AL

Visit the fantastic Toothill Observatory and spend an evening with the friendly members of Solent Amateur Astronomers, observing the planets and distant objects through their large telescope.

These open evenings coincide when there is no bright Moon in the sky, the best time for observing and stargazing. However, the observatory will only open if the weather permits!

The observatory operates a system of primary and backup dates to cater for weather conditions. If the weather is cloudy on this date, the event may be rescheduled for the following day or week.

Please check the Solent Amateur Astronomers website; if this event is not a primary date, we recommend contacting them before your visit to confirm that they plan to be open!

No booking is required. A fee of £5 per adult is payable at the door (children are free). All proceeds go towards running the facility. Clear skies!

Please note that this has already taken place on 19/08/2023

Event organiser

Solent Amateur Astronomers

Solent Amateur Astronomers is organising this event

Please contact Solent Amateur Astronomers directly for more details regarding this event or, if appropriate, contact the event venue.

Event booking

No prior booking is required, however as this event is weather dependent, please check via the Solent Amateur Astronomers website if the event is going ahead.

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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.

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