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The Knowledge Observatory is a Social Enterprise, raising funds through unique events astronomy courses, publications and products. These funds enable young people disengaged from education to take part in our innovative learning programme.

North West Astronomy Festival 2015

North West Astronomy Festival 2015 moves to its new date in the astronomy events calendar of June 27th and 28th.

The North West Astronomy Festival is a spectacle of stars, planets and space and the new summer time weekend creates a fantastic opportunity to celebrate our favourite star - The Sun. The festival has something for all ages, interests and experiences, with presentations from top names in the world of astronomy, Astronomer Question Time, solar observing and imaging, activities, trade stalls, local clubs, advice, guidance and practical workshops. Of course the event would not be complete without the planetarium and our now famous raffle and a night not to be missed at our Saturday Social supper.

Tickets are now on sale here on our website . We have held the prices to the same as the last 2 years plus free entry for U16s so that makes an excellent value family day out!


Family Astronomy Club

Our family club is perfect for beginners and those wishing to learn more or to enjoy sharing their passion with others. RAW astronomers meet on the second Friday of the month at the Wigg Island Visitor Centre.

What's on @ Wigg Island

After the mega astro weekend at Wigg Andrew and Sue will be recuperating for 2 weeks over Easter! Thursday March 26th sees the last astronomy class of the term followed by open public observing from 9.00 pm. The centre will then be closed until Thursday 16th April when weekly open public observing, talking, learning and meeting will resume from 7.00 pm every week until the end of June. Everyone is welcome.

Astronomy breaks in France

Astronomy holidays in France

We are excited to announce that Knowledge Observatory France is opening in early October 2015. Astrofarm will be a purpose built, year round astronomy centre with fully equipped observatories, quiet zone accommodation and dark skies.


Something Astro Event

For the first time in the UK! On May 16th 2015 at Curzon Cinema, George St, Sheffield, S1 2PF NASA Apollo Flight Controller Chuck Deiterich with his presentation ‘A Tour of the U.S Lunar Program and Beyond’ Followed by Memorabilia auction and raffle, Autographs and book signing, Rooftop BBQ and Extended Q&A


Cosmic Con June 6th-7th 2015

Astronomy Club

Astronaut, Space & Astronomy Event at the Hilton Hotel, Manchester Airport, Outwood Lane, Manchester M90 4WP.

Meet Apollo & Skylab Astronauts as well as other famous names in the world of space and science.

Astronomy breaks in France


Something Astro website


Cosmicon website

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