Astronomy in Edinburgh2018-08-20T12:33:20+00:00

Astronomy in Edinburgh

Come along to one of our meetings, hear interesting talks, find out about what’s in the sky this month and meet other astronomers.

We meet monthly, usually on the first or second Friday of the month at 7:30pm, and are always happy to see new faces at our meetings. See below for the next meeting date.

The Astronomical Society of Edinburgh (ASE) has been holding meetings in Edinburgh to inform members and the general public about astronomy since 1924.

Our new website is in its prototype phase so it will develop over the next few months. Keep coming back to see how it evolves.

Observing forecast for Edinburgh

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Featured news

It’s Globular cluster season

20 August 2018|

The summer twilight is receding and the globular clusters are again well placed for viewing. Go outside and have a look at these beautiful objects.

More News

Albireo is not a true binary star

15 August 2018|

So it turns out that everyone's favourite double star, Albireo, is not a true binary system. The components are about 60 light years apart and simply an optical alignment.

New website for ASE

25 July 2018|

As you can see we have a new website! It's just a starting point as the website will evolve over the next few months. We'll say more at the September meeting.

Lunar eclipse 27th July 2018

16 July 2018|

There will be a total eclipse of the Moon on Friday 27th July. The Moon will rise fully eclipsed as seen from Edinburgh at 21:21 BST.

Ask an Astronomer

Is there something you always wanted to know about our universe?

How to observe a planet? Take a photo of the stars? Which telescope to buy? Why is space black? …

Well here’s your chance: just ask your question in the form and we’ll try and get back to you with an answer. The answer may just be: “we have no idea” – but that’s the beauty of astronomy!