Stargazing at the Blackett Observatory

If Covid numbers allow, attendees will be able to go into the Observatory in groups of 10 to visit the world's oldest computerised telescope. Otherwise the session will be conducted outside the Observatory. What you see will dependent on how clear the night sky is.

Meet at the pedestrian lights opposite the Porters Lodge of the College, on the A4 Bath Road (see map below). Someone will walk with you to the Observatory which is a 10-15 minutes walk uphill on a rough track.
Length of session -  Approx 1 hr 15mins including walking to/from the Observatory.
Suitable for 6 years and over - children must be accompanied

Important Information: 
- There is no parking at the Observatory - there are a few Disabled parking spaces for Blue Badge holders only. Your booking confirmation explains how to contact us to reserve a space.
- Sturdy shoes and clothing suitable for the weather are recommended. You will be standing outside the Observatory for up to 30 minutes. Bring binoculars if you have them.
- Bring a torch for the walk if you wish, but use only red torches at the Observatory otherwise your eyes and others' will not adjust to the darkness and see the stars. 
- There is a small step into the Observatory and 3 steps up into the Dome, narrow/steps are used to get to the eyepiece of the telescope.
- Masks recommended
- There are no toilets at the Observatory

If the weather is unsuitable, the event will not go ahead. Please check back on this booking site for any last minute changes or cancellation.

Blackett Observatory - meeting point
Marlborough College