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Stars have aligned for observatory open days

Southport Astronomical Society has announced its public open days for the Victorian observatory in Hesketh Park for 2019.

Scheduled to mark specific historical and astronomical events, the open days present an opportunity for guests to explore the observatory and learn more about it’s history and the people who used it including how the Southport Astronomical Society still use it today for the benefit of schools, societies and the people of Sefton.

Observatory Open Days and Timings

  • March 17th (Sunday) – Vernal Equinox (20th Mar)
  • April 21st (Easter Sunday) – Lyrid Meteor Shower (22nd Apr)
  • May 26th (Sunday) – 150th Anniversary of the Cooke Telescope
  • June 22nd (Saturday) – Summer Solstice
  • July 20th (Saturday) – Apollo 11 (“The Eagle has Landed”)
  • August 25th (Sunday) – Southport AS formed in Aug 1927
  • September 22nd (Sunday) – Autumnal Equinox (23rd Sep)
  • October 27th (Sunday) – Uranus at Opposition
  • November 10th (Sunday) – Transit of Mercury (11th Nov)
  • December 1st (Sunday) – Jeremiah Horrocks: Transit of Venus
  • December 22nd (Sunday) – Winter Solstice

(Note: Where dates are not actual they are shown at LHS in brackets).

The observatory opens at 10.30 and closes at 17.00 (16.00 Oct to Dec).

Please be aware that occasionally changes may be necessary due to weather, illness, park management requirements, etc. Should changes be made, a notification will be displayed on

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