Astronomy in Edinburgh2022-08-08T17:25:47+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.

Stay involved and keep watching here, on Facebook and Twitter.

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.

Observing forecast for Edinburgh

A green block indicates a clear sky, orange partially clear, red cloudy. Blue blocks show cloud level – darker blue is clearer. Click on the chart for hourly detail and ISS passes. Forecast provided by clearoutside.com

Edinburgh Meteor Cameras – as we approach the maximum of the Perseids meteor shower on 12/13 August, here are 3 meteors cameras owned by ASE members showing meteors captured each night. You can see more information on the Edinburgh Meteor Cameras page.

Upcoming events

Imaging & Observing Group

7 September @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm BST

Discovering and Imaging Planetary Nebulae

9 September @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm BST

Featured news

Would you like to help keep the JWST safe?

24 July 2022|

Pat Devine tells us about the UK- and Global- Meteor Networks, and how the cameras, built and operated by amateurs, can help to keep spacecraft safer.

15 July meeting report

17 July 2022|

We had a very thought-provoking talk from Grant from First Light Optics on Friday, telling us all about the Ikarus observatory hosted in Spain.

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John Murrell FRAS

6 July 2022|

Sadly I have to report the passing of one of our members, John Murrell, on 25 June 2022, after a short illness.

1 July Members Night meeting report

3 July 2022|

We had our second member night on 1 July and had some great presentations from ASE members: UK Astro Shows Ian Smith put together some info about these: There are [...]

17 June 2022 Meeting Report

19 June 2022|

Geologist and cosmochemist Dr Natalie Starkey gave a fantastic talk about the science of fire and ice vulcanism found in our solar system.

3 June 2022 Meeting Report

4 June 2022|

Jim Paterson spoke to us about “The mustard seed which grew into an observatory”, the story of his involvement in International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) accreditation for Moffat and how that led to a brand new community observatory !

6 May 2022 Meeting Report

8 May 2022|

To open the meeting our President Mark Phillips gave us the usual highlights of the upcoming Society programme. Adding to the good news, the Society grew by no less than [...]

Making a Breeze Block Telescope Pier

7 April 2022|

Andrew Farrow describes how he built a simple breeze-block garden pier to stop having to carry his tripod and mount into the garden and going through the alignment process every time.

18 March Meeting Report

20 March 2022|

We had a very interesting talk from Whitham D Reeve about observing HF Meteor Trail Reflections from Anchorage in Alaska.

4 March 2022 Meeting Report

6 March 2022|

Dr Max Ruffert gave a dynamic talk on gamma-ray bursts, black holes, neutron stars and gravitational waves, and provided excellent practical explanations for his theoretical work. Alan Pickup also presented the Sky in March.

Book review: The Stargazer’s Sister by Carrie Brown

19 February 2022|

Hilary Phillips reviews The Stargazer’s Sister, a fictionalised account of the life of Caroline Herschel, sister of the much more famous William. A great read that manages to combine a personal and somewhat romanticised life story with some real astronomy.

18 February 2022 Meeting Report

19 February 2022|

We had an excellent talk from Lyn Smith of the BAA. With the help of some stunning images and video clips and her normal infectious enthusiasm, Lyn explained the many features of the Sun's atmosphere to a large online audience.

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