Free event Family friendly


A talk and demonstration by Will Owen on Pluto: Planet or not?

Come along and see the Rosse Observatory in Carleton, Pontefract which was opened on 25th September 1983 and this is will be your chance to see the facilities. The evening will commence with a short talk by Will Owen about Pluto and the New Horizons mission to study it and its moons. You will then be able to look round the observatory and go up into the Dome to see the large telescope. There will be telescopes and binoculars out on the pad for you to look through.

Hopefully, weather permitting, you will be able to view Saturn and Jupiter as well as other objects in the night sky.

Booking is essential!

Maximum of 24 people for this two hour event, and only eight people will be allowed in the dome at any one time.

The Rosse Observatory is located to the rear of Carleton Grange Community Centre on Carleton Road.

This event is part of Heritage Open Days 2022.

Note when booking that this event lasts for two hours. All bookings will be managed directly by WYAS using the email address given. Also, the dome is accessed via a narrow staircase.

This is part of Pontefract Civic Society's 50-strong programme of in person and online events which has been created with the support of partners, host venues, guides and speakers. This is the biggest Heritage Open Days programme that Pontefract has ever seen, and a booklet can also be collected from a number of locations in the town centre.

If you need further help, contact Pontefract Civic Society on and on social media @pontefractcivic.

Venue opening hours

Monday : Closed

Tuesday : 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Wednesday : Closed

Thursday : Closed

Friday : 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Saturday : Closed

Sunday : Closed

    Access facilities

  • Accessible Toilet
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Venue Details

Find us at

Carleton Road, Carleton, Pontefract, WF8 3RJ