Cygnus Observatory

Washington Wetland Centre, Washington, Sunderland, NE38 8LE

Location description

Located within easy travel distance from Sunderland, Newcastle and Durham the Washington Wetland Centre, the location for the Cygnus Observatory is home to the Sunderland Astronomical Society, amongst the most active societies in the UK. Expect to receive a friendly welcome and an enjoyable stargazing session!

Location event organiser

Sunderland Astronomical Society organises stargazing events at this location.

Astronomical society

Meeting place for local astronomical society, often in a location that enables stargazing and observing.


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 suburban 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 222 events with the last one being on 28th April 2019 organised by Sunderland Astronomical Society.


When to visit

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

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