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!
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 9th Dec
Local light pollution
The above demonstrates the estimated effect of light pollution - graphics created using Stellarium.