About Us

Who are we and what do we do?

Oldham & Rochdale Astronomy was developed, to provide an on-line social community, where people can share images; ask for help and advice; be provided with information on what they can look for in the sky at a given time; and to generally support people with a passion for astronomy, whilst also developing awareness and understanding of the skies above.

Oldham is blessed with its Pennine location, being just far enough away from the bright lights of Manchester city centre to enjoy a reduced amount of light pollution whereby some very spectacular objects in space can be viewed with a simple pair of binoculars, a small telescope or a digital camera and a tripod. It also benefits from there having some reasonably dark sky sites within the borough, which can be accessed by almost anybody.

We are not an Astronomical Society and do not run any meetings, this is to keep the online community free and open to all.

Our Philosophy

We aim to make astronomy fun and engaging. The information on this site is for beginners, we try to keep things as simple to understand as possible.

We keep everything FREE, no membership or joining fees.


The information on this site is aimed at the areas of Oldham & Rochdale and the surrounding areas.

You will however find that most of the information is relevant to the whole of the UK.

Meet the team

Sarah Hall

Sarah is an amateur astronomer, she came up with the concept of Oldham & Rochdale Astronomy. She created the website and social media pages; she continues to manage these and the content.

Colin Campbell

Colin provides support to Oldham and Rochdale astronomy and is also an amateur astronomer.

Our Facebook page admins

We have the help of two talented amateur astronomers on our Facebook page and group. Our page admins are:

Lewis Williams
Mark Forbes

Did you know you can see the International Space Station passing over?
The Sky This Month
There are lots of amazing things to be seen in the night sky each month!
The Aurora
Did you know you can see the Aurora from our area?

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