Royal Observatory Edinburgh
Blackford Hill, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH9 3HJ
Are you visiting Edinburgh for the first time or simply looking for an alternative night out? Are you curious about astronomy and want to find out more? Have you wondered about the science and technology behind the gates at the Royal Observatory Edinburgh?
Join us to explore this site which brings together the historical and cutting edge of astronomy and the technology underpinning it. Each session lasts 1 hour and includes;
- A tour of the beautiful Victorian telescope dome
- Information about the science and engineering that happens today at the Royal Observatory Edinburgh
- Astronomy activities
- Time to ask questions
- If the weather allows, we’ll have time for stargazing on the flat roof, but this is often not possible in Scotland.
These events are designed to be suitable for all ages, with the earlier session timed for those with younger children.
Please note that this has already taken place on 21/02/2023
For full details on how to attend this event, including how to book, please see the event's official website.Visit event website
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.
Tue 21st Feb
Local light pollution
The above demonstrates the estimated effect of light pollution - graphics created using Stellarium.