Institute of Astronomy

University of Cambridge, Cambridge, CB3 0HA

Location description

Located on the campus of Cambridge University the Insitute of Astronomy boasts a number of large aperture telescopes including the incredible Northumberland Refactor which is 20 feet long! Open evenings are every Wednesday night from October to March with events run in association with Cambridge Astronomical Society.


Location has an observatory that is accessible to the public by prior arrangement or during public events.

Location light pollution

This location is estimated to have light pollution levels similar to a urban setting based on satellite data from CPRE.

Dark site
The above demonstrates the estimated effect of light pollution - graphics created using Stellarium.

Stargazing events at this location

There are no known forthcoming events at this location. Previously there have been 99 events with the last one being on 27th March 2019 organised by Cambridge Astronomical Society.


When to visit

The best time to visit Institute of Astronomy can be found on this dark skies calendar.

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