Astronomy in Edinburgh2024-04-04T15:14:41+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 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1

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 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.

Upcoming events

The Secret Life of Stars

19 April @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm BST

Imaging & Observing Group

8 May @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm BST

Featured news

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.

More news

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.

Livestream from Spain

4 February 2024|

Unfortunately we had to cancel our meeting on Friday at the last minute but instead the Society went online and did live observing at our observatory in Spain.

19 January 2024 Meeting Report

20 January 2024|

We had a really interesting talk from Dr James Dire, live from Texas, on The History of Innovations in Telescopes. Useful to hear where all the designs, styles and brands that we now know so well actually come from.

5 January 2024 Meeting Report

6 January 2024|

We had a really interesting talk from Dr Alex Hall from the ROE about the Euclid Space telescope. We also announced the winner of the IOTY 2023 competition.

WINNER Image of the Year 2023

6 January 2024|

Winner of Image of the Year 2023 is David Harvey for his image of the Horsehead Nebula. 2nd place goes to Ian Smith and 3rd place to Jamie Shepherd.

15 December 2023 Meeting Report

16 December 2023|

Great to hear from Steven Flanders direct from Palomar that there is still such a lot of great science going on there, including with the iconic 200-inch Hale telescope. A really interesting talk which you can watch on our YouTube channel.

1 December 2023 Meeting Report

2 December 2023|

A very interesting and alternative talk by Richard Lewis about the life in the Universe, observed from a microbiologist's point of view. Alan Pickup also gave a very comprehensive rundown [...]

17 November 2023 Meeting report

18 November 2023|

Thanks to Mary Mcintyre for stepping in at short notice. Fascinating and practical in equal measure, Mary’s talk was a wonderful insight into the natural world and our Universe.

More events

The Secret Life of Stars

19 April @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm BST

Imaging & Observing Group

8 May @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm BST

The Sloan Digital Sky Survey

1 November @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm GMT

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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