Toothill Observatory Public Open Evening - December 2023

Toothill Observatory Public Open Evening - December 2023

Friday 8th December 2023 from 19:30pm to 23:00pm

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 08/12/2023


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.



Forthcoming events

Below is a list of events at Toothill Observatory. View these events on our calendar, add them to your calendar or Google Calendar.

  • See the Perseids at Toothill Observatory

    Monday 12th August 2024 from 21:30pm to Tuesday 13th August 2024 01:30am

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  • Toothill Observatory Public Open Evening – August 2024

    Friday 30th August 2024 from 21:30pm to Saturday 31st August 2024 23:30pm

    Toothill Observatory, Southampton, SO16 8AL

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  • Toothill Observatory Public Open Evening – September 2024

    Friday 27th September 2024 from 20:30pm to Saturday 28th September 2024 22:30pm

    Toothill Observatory, Southampton, SO16 8AL

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  • Toothill Observatory Public Open Evening – October 2024

    Friday 25th October 2024 from 19:30pm to Saturday 26th October 2024 21:30pm

    Toothill Observatory, Southampton, SO16 8AL

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  • Toothill Observatory Public Open Evening – November 2024

    Friday 29th November 2024 from 19:30pm to Saturday 30th November 2024 21:30pm

    Toothill Observatory, Southampton, SO16 8AL

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  • Toothill Observatory Public Open Evening – January 2025

    Friday 3rd January 2025 from 19:30pm to Saturday 4th January 2025 21:30pm

    Toothill Observatory, Southampton, SO16 8AL

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