Astronomy in Edinburgh2023-05-13T16:46:09+01:00

Astronomy in Edinburgh

Sharing our love of astronomy with Edinburgh, the Lothians, UK and around the world, since 1924.

Come along to one of our meetings. Visitors are welcome to join us on our YouTube channel or in person at our physical meetings.

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We aim to have something happening at least three times a month. The first Friday of each month will be a hybrid meeting at 7:30pm at the Augustine United Church, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh. This will also be broadcast on Zoom for ASE members and YouTube for visitors. Our second talk, sometime around the middle of the month, will just be on Zoom and YouTube.

We also have the monthly Imaging & Observing Group (IOG) meetings for ASE members on the Wednesday after the first monthly meeting.

If you want to get more involved in astronomy and learn together in our IOG, consider joining us. More information on our Membership page.

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Main banner image: M42, Orion Nebula by Pat Devine

Featured news

15 September 2023 Meeting Report

16 September 2023|

Nigel Goodman reports on an excellent talk by Charlie Bracken and Max Whitby on their attempt to create a single image of the entire night sky.

Members Night 8 September 2023 report

9 September 2023|

A really excellent Members Night with a wide-ranging selection of short talks from ASE members. Lazy and cheap astronomy, Neutrinos and galaxy rotation, Smartscopes, Great Melbourne Telescope, Ralph Copeland and the Sky in September.

More news

Visit to the paradise of meteorites

20 August 2023|

Radim Stano tells us about his visit to the Naturhistorisches Museum Wien to see its meteorite collection. A great place to visit if you're in the area.

Meeting Report Friday 7th July 2023

8 July 2023|

To start the meeting our Vice President Peter Black updated us on the upcoming Society programme. Peter also pointed out that our membership now stands at a very healthy 182. [...]

2 June 2023 Meeting Report

3 June 2023|

Prof. Andy Lawrence gave us a really interesting talk on 200 years of the history of astronomical imaging at the Royal Observatory Edinburgh. Jim Nisbet also covered the Sky in June and this was followed by an SGM and our AGM.

Meeting Report 19 May 2023

20 May 2023|

Indigenous Australian Astronomy - Dr Pete Kuzma. This evening we had a fascinating and thought provoking talk from Dr Pete Kuzma of Edinburgh University. We were first introduced to the complexity and likely means of arrival, 45 - 65,000 years ago, in what would become modern Australia of the many nations of indigenous people from the Torres Strait to Tasmania.

Noctilucent Clouds

13 May 2023|

Ramsay McIver tells us about these beautiful, ethereal "night-shining clouds" as we approach NLC season towards the end of May.

Northern Lights Trip

15 April 2023|

ASE member, Eros Tang, tells us about his trip to Norway and the amazing aurora images he captured.

7 April 2023 Members Night report

8 April 2023|

We had a really enjoyable members night on Friday with a number of short presentations from members. The personal stories and journeys were really fascinating and well-told.

Icelandic Northern Lights

25 March 2023|

Ian Smith reports on his recent trip to Iceland and his successful observations of the aurorae

17 March 2023 Meeting Report

19 March 2023|

We had a very interesting talk from Dr Roberta Zanin from Bologna in Italy about The Cherenkov Telescope Array Observatory: a new eye on the most extreme Universe. Jim Nisbet reviews the talk for us.

Flashes of Creation by Paul Halpern book review

5 March 2023|

Pate Devine reviews the book "Flashes of Creation" by Paul Halpern, a readable and fascinating account of the lives of theoretical physicist, George Gamov, and physicist, Fred Hoyle, and their competing theories on the formation of the universe.

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