Welcome to Thanet Astronomy Group

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Wellesley House School and the International Space Station Link-up.

The International Space Station
The International Space Station in Orbit around Earth

Thanet Astronomy Group have been given the fantastic opportunity to monitor the link-up between the children at Wellesley House School (Broadstairs) and Major Tim Peake on the International Space Station THIS SATURDAY 23rd APRIL 2016, at 1:00pm.

Come and join us for this extremely rare and amazing event at :-

see our Location Page for a detailed map.

West Bay Cafe, Sea Road, Westgate-on-Sea, CT8 8QA, from 12:00 midday. The link-up is due to start at 1:10pm and will last for a maximum of 13 minutes as the Space Station passes over head.

We will be setting up a radio link to listen to the children at Wellesley House School talking to Tim Peake on the Space Station. We hope to have Video from the school and the Space Station along with displays showing the Space Station's position in orbit above the earth, a chase view of the Space Station orbiting the earth and a view of where the Space Station is in the local sky.

We really appreciate the opportunity given to us by Wellesley House School to participate in this event, and the technical support of our groups members that are also qualified radio amateurs.

For more info see www.wellesleyhouse.org


Promoting Astronomy in North East Kent.

If you live or work in the North East Kent area and are interested in Star Gazing or Astronomy and would like some help or guidance please contact us. Contact details are on our Contact us Page.


outreach 18 Oct 2014
Thanet Astronomy Group North East Kent Outreach Project



To become a member of the Thanet Astronomy Group See the Members page.

All the details you need are there including a download link for a copy of our constitution and the membership application form.


JAC & GILL Club.

JAC & GILL Club First Meeting West Bay Cafe Sat 11 04 2014.

Following the runaway success of the main Thanet Astronomy Group, we now have many families with children that are also very interested in astronomy.

Therefore, we have set up the JAC & Gill club for our younger (5 to 17 years) enthusiasts.

The JAC & Gill Club meet every Saturday 3:00pm to 4:00pm at the West Bay Cafe during the Free adults meeting.

For more information see the JAC & Gill Club page.


Your Comments:

See the Your Comments page

Email your comments to us, the email address in on the contacts page.

We have added a page to the site so you can put short comments about what's happening at Thanet Astronomy Group. To help give people a better idea of what we do. If you have a comment you would like to add then let us know.

Star Comment

Supporting the Brownies with their Stargazing Badge

11 July 2014

Awesome...Thank you so much! Looking forward to putting it all into practice with the Brownies!

Name : Brown Owl ...8th Ramsgate East Brownies ...


Free Public Meetings Every Saturday

Thanet Astronomy Group holds a FREE daytime public meeting.

When do we meet.

Every Saturday come rain or sunshine. It is a drop in meeting between 1-4pm.

Where do we meet.

The West Bay Cafe, Sea Road, Westgate-on-Sea, Kent. CT8 8QA. If the weather is good we will be outside the cafe with several telescopes talking to people about astronomy. If the weather is bad then we will be inside the cafe talking to people about astronomy.

We hold this meeting in the day time, for several important reasons...

First :- This meeting is to enable people that are new to Stargazing or Astronomy to have a friendly informal chat to their local astronomy group.

Second :- We have found that if you want to learn how to use a telescope it's a lot easer if you can see what you are doing in daylight rather than in the dark.

Third :- Some people ask how can you do astronomy in the day ? Then we show them the Sun, Sun Spots, The Moon and even look at the planet Venus. There are also many other things to look at, the wind farm, WW2 sea forts, Ships, Wild life, Cormorants fishing and then sunning to dry their wings.

Meeting at the West Bay Cafe - Sat 11 01 2014.

We are an astronomy group that is intended for people at all levels of astronomy.

We especially welcome people new to the subject. All you need is an interest in the stars above. If you want to learn about astronomy then this meeting is for you.


Library Page:

See the Library page

We are trying to set up a small library of Astronomy books. If you would like to help with this project or have any Astronomy books you would like to donate please contact us.


Thanet Astronomy Group Presentations

Click here to see details of our list of available presentations about astronomy.

We have presentations on the History of Astronomy, Jupiter and its Moons, The Planets, The Moon, and Asteroide 2012 DA14.

Jupiter's Galilean Moons

Jupiters Moons

Io, Europa, Ganymede, Callisto

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Whats On!

FREE Saturday Meetings

January 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd 30th

February 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th

March 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th

April 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th

May 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

June 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th

July 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th

August 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th

September 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th

October 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th

November 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th

December 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st

Time : 1 - 4pm


At the West Bay Cafe, Sea Road, Westgate-on-Sea CT8 8QA,

See the meetings page for details

Members Club Meeting.

Dates and Times


West Bay Cafe, Sea Road, Westgate-on-Sea, Kent. CT8 8QA.