Jodrell Bank Observatory

University of Manchester, Macclesfield, SK11 9DL

Location description

Home of the famous Lowell Radio Telescope the Jodrell Bank Observatory hosts frequent public events throughout the year including events to support BBC Stargazing Live.

Image credit: Ant Holloway

Location event organiser

Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre organises stargazing events at this location.


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 semi-rural setting based on satellite data from CPRE.

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

When to stargaze at Jodrell Bank Observatory

This location's semi-rural setting means it benefits from dark skies depending on the time of the year and lunar cycle. In the calendar below where you can see stars indicates when the skies will be dark and the best time to stargaze. Yellow areas show the adverse effects of daylight (bold) and moonlight (faded). Hover over a day to see darkness times or click on a date for more information.

Stargazing events at this location

There are no known forthcoming events at this location. Previously there have been 23 events with the last one being on 20th March 2020 organised by Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre.


When to visit

The best time to visit Jodrell Bank Observatory can be found on this dark skies calendar.

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