Our latest news
15 November 2016
Several exoplanets have been successfully observed using the robotic facilities at Bayfordbury.
01 November 2016
An article about the recent discovery of Proxima Centauri b is published in Hertfordshire Life.
15 December 2015
Over 150 year five school children gathered at the Bayfordbury Observatory to watch the launch of Tim Peake, the first British-funded astronaut to visit the International Space Station. During the all-day event, the children were able to talk to NASA's Space Station Flight Controller, Fiona Turett, live via a video link, tour the heavens in the Observatory's HD planetarium, build a rocket, see a comet made of dry ice and soya sauce, tour the extensive observatory and take part in many other space related events.
Fire and ice in the far north
2 November 2015
Dr Mark Gallaway of the School of Physic Astronomy and Mathematics and Wayne Jarvis National STEM Centre, have just returned from another hugely successful teacher CPD expedition to Iceland.
Creswick Primary School students see rare astronomical event
20 March 2015
A Year 6 class from Creswick Primary School joined astronomers Dr Mark Gallaway and David Campbell at the Bayfordbury Observatory, to observe a rare partial eclipse of the Sun.
Shooting the Vaulted Skies
12 November 2014
Local band The Vaulted Skies, have used Bayfordbury Observatory as the location for a photo shoot to support their latest release, 'The Strange EP'. John Melia, Senior Business Analyst by day and the band's bass rocker by night, explains that "the facility and its telescope domes and dishes was the ideal location to capture the nature of the band's music". For more information on the band and to see the photos by Pete Bilk, please visit The Vaulted Skies website.
11 November 2014
Air pollution was the subject for discussion when delegates from the US Environment Protection Agency (USEPA) and the Environment Agency attended a week-long conference hosted by the University of Hertfordshire.
15 July 2014
Bayfordbury is turned into a TV studio for two days as the BBC films The Sky at Night from the Observatory.
10 April 2014
Bayfordbury Observatory's atmospheric instruments monitor Saharan dust and pollution from Europe.
09 October 2013
The oldest and largest telescope at Bayfordbury is refurbished and fitted with new motors.
9 October 2013
A new 16-inch telescope installed at Bayfordbury
26 July 2013
University of Hertfordshire researchers discover sun-like star may host planets that support life
11 April 2013
A record-breaking week for the Observatory
14 February 2013
Finder chart helps public spot huge rock through binoculars