August Observing at Kenley Observatory

Monday 6th August 2018 from 21:00pm to Sunday 12th August 2018 21:00pm

Kenley Observatory

Near Kenley Aerodrome, Kenley, CR8 5EP


From 21:00 on every clear night between the 6th and 12th of August the Croydon Astronomical Society will be opening their Kenley Observatory to the public to view our four brightest planets. Venus, Jupiter and Saturn will all be visible at Sunset, with the planet Mars rising very shortly afterwards.

This year Mars is at it best since 2003 and for the next 17 years. A close approach to Earth will allow us to see it bigger and brighter than at any other time for years. This is an apparition of Mars not to be missed.

Also the night of 11th through to the small hours of the morning of the 12th is our annual Perseid Meteor Shower watch. This is the peak of the shower and given clear skies we can expect up to 100 meteors an hour. Best seen with the unaided eye we recommend bringing a lounger or ground sheet and just lying back and enjoying the meteors.

Note that there is no parking at the Observatory, please park in Hayes Lane, Kenley.

- Event will involve stargazing and observing the skies through telescopes weather permitting


This event is being organised by Croydon Astronomical Society who should be contacted if you have any queries. We highly recommend you confirm this event is indeed going ahead before travelling. If you do attend it would be fantastic if you could let the organiser know you found them via Go Stargazing!


Please contact Croydon Astronomical Society directly for more details regarding this event or, if appropriate, contact the event venue.

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