Astronomy in Edinburgh2024-07-18T15:43:56+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 in person at our physical meetings or live on our YouTube channel.

Stay involved and keep watching here, on Facebook, BSky and X.

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.

Edinburgh observing forecast

ASERO is looking at…
Comet 13P/Olbers

ASERO is our ASE Remote Observatory at Trevinca Skies in Spain. We image the Universe and capture science data using our 94mm apochromatic refractor with colour CMOS camera, 300mm f4.5 ONTC Newtonian and mono CMOS camera with 9 filters, all on a JTW Trident P75 mount. Our members process the data, do some real science and produce some amazing images.

Featured news

A new approach to solve the ‘little red dots’ conundrum in early cosmology

18 July 2024|

Observations by the James Webb Space Telescope have found hundreds of galaxies less than a billion years old crammed full of stars, and supermassive black holes far heavier than they should be according to ɅCDM. Here is an alternative that allows the black holes to form quickly and grow their host galaxy By ASE member Gareth Mayze

T Coronae Borealis – the Blaze Star

10 July 2024|

There has been a lot of hype in the press about T Coronae Borealis (T CrB), the so-called Blaze Star and a once-in-a-lifetime event. Mark Phillips tells us what it is, when it might blaze and how to see it.

More news

Smart Telescopes: Beyond the Basics

21 June 2024|

The smart telescope wave is showing no sign of attenuation and the “traditional Astro imaging” community is still divided as to whether these devices help or hinder. But what comes next? After “just imaging”, is there anything more? Read on and find out.

Newsletter extracts 16 June 2024

17 June 2024|

Here are some of the things our members see each week in the Newsletter, as well as many more. This is from the latest one.

An Epic Aurora!

14 May 2024|

Did you see the aurora on 10 May 2024? Wow - what an amazing spectacle! Here's a small selection of images from our members.

3 May 2024 Meeting Report

3 May 2024|

We were very fortunate to have Ruth Boreham step in at short notice and tell us about the amazing Mary Somerville. And what an excellent, well-told story it was too. Alan Pickup gave us his comprehensive and knowledgeable view of the Sky in May

Deep Sky imaging from Edinburgh? Seriously?

30 April 2024|

Just look at this video created by very talented ASE member, Eros Tang. He is in the very centre of Edinburgh too and using narrowband filters has imaged some of the most beautiful objects in the night sky.

Northern Lights trip to Norway

28 April 2024|

Some stunning images, videos and story of ASE member Eros Tang's trip to Norway to capture the aurora

Image of the Quarter Winner

21 April 2024|

Congratulations to Ron Morley who won our Image of the Quarter Competition Q1 2024 with his creative and alternative "Ring of Fire" image.

A comet outburst discovery for ASERO

27 March 2024|

We are still ironing out the final kinks in our remote observatory, but already we have some success with the discovery of a major outburst on Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1. We were fortunate to have clear skies in Spain when many others didn't.

ASE membership benefits

20 March 2024|

Some of the things that non-members never get to see include weekly newsletters and our Members-only website. Here are some of the things that members can see and contribute to.

15 March 2024 Meeting Report

18 March 2024|

Steve Tonkin gave us a very entertaining - if doom-laden talk - about how the Universe is trying to get us: "Ten ways the Universe tries to kill you".

16 February 2024 Meeting report

17 February 2024|

Mary McIntyre gave us part 2 of her History of Women in Astronomy. Some shocking stories in there as well as lots of interesting facts.

Telescope Help Shop 16 March 2024

15 February 2024|

Need help getting started with your new telescope? Our first few workshops were a great success, this is our sixth. Entry is free to ASE members and £5 to non-members but registration is required as places are limited.

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!

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