The Spaceguard Centre

Llanshay Lane, Knighton, LD7 1LW

Location description

The Spaceguard Centre is the National Near Earth Objects Information Centre, the only organisation in the UK dedicated to addressing the hazard of Near Earth Objects. The facility aims to develop and maintain a world-class facility for astronomical research and science education and is funded almost entirely by visitor contributions.

There is no unaccompanied access to the facility however conducted tours take place every day of the year (with some exceptions around Christmas and New Year). Evening tours are also available during the observing season (not during British Summertime) on a pre-booking basis and allow visitors to experience the fantastic starry skies from this dark sky location.

Location event organiser

The Spaceguard 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 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 The Spaceguard Centre

This location's 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.


When to visit

The best time to visit The Spaceguard Centre can be found on this dark skies calendar.

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