Astronomy in Edinburgh2022-11-21T11:47:39+00:00

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.

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Upcoming events

Going beyond Einstein to understand the Universe

2 December @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm GMT

Imaging & Observing Group

7 December @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm GMT

Featured news

Meeting Report 18 November 2022

20 November 2022|

Our guest speaker was Patrick Barth, a PhD student from the University of St Andrews, who spoke to us about “ What makes a planet habitable”. The possibility of life in the wider universe has greatly increased in the past 25 years. We had a detailed explanation of the factors influencing the chance of life on exoplanets and the search for these “biosignatures”.

4 November 2022 meeting report

6 November 2022|

That was a really interesting story of Pluto from Prof Ian Robson and we had quite a lot of visitors in the AUC too. Sadly Ian couldn’t be there in person because of rail strikes but it was no less interesting. There’s clearly still a lot of affection for Pluto as a planet and you can understand why there was (and still is) such an outcry about it being demoted. But given the number of other, larger-than-Pluto bodies in our solar system, it probably makes sense. Or maybe you disagree?

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John Rostron

7 November 2022|

John Rostron, who passed away on 24 October aged 94, was a familiar sight at ASE meetings in the last century. He had been President, a Council member and a Trustee of the Astronomical Society of Edinburgh Trust, although most long-standing members will probably remember him as Society Treasurer for many years. A chemistry teacher at Ross High School in Tranent, John’s interests were wide-ranging, particularly in relation to the natural world, which sometimes spilled over into his distinctive book-keeping for the Society! Although he had been a keen cyclist in his younger years often arriving at meetings in all weathers, sadly his declining health meant that he relinquished his membership in 2017.

Partial Solar Eclipse 25 October 2022

25 October 2022|

That was a very successful event. Live streaming went well and hundreds of visitors looked through our telescopes outside. We got clouded out at the end but we got through maximum so that was a real success considering we thought we would be totally clouded out a couple of days before.

Partial Solar Eclipse 25 October 2022

24 October 2022|

We plan to go ahead with our live stream of the partial solar eclipse tomorrow. Looks like there should be some gaps in the clouds. Or you can join us on Calton Hill and look (SAFELY!) through our solar telescopes and eclipse glasses.

Adrian Weatherhead, 22 September 1943 – 9 October 2022

17 October 2022|

We sadly have to report the passing of one of our long-standing members, Adrian Weatherhead aged 79. Adrian was a member of our Society for 25 years and also a former member of the ASE Council on several occasions, most recently in 2001/2. Adrian is best known for his running prowess having been a Scotland, GB and NI international, and a sub-4 minute miler. On track he was a 1500m runner and won the Scottish indoor title in 1973 and 1976 as well as national outdoor champion in 1979. We offer our sincere condolences to his family and friends.

7 October 2022 Meeting Report

8 October 2022|

We had a fascinating talk by Dr Gemma Richardson BGS on the effects of space weather on ground-based technology. Alan Pickup also gave us a talk on the Sky in October and Neil Martin revealed the results of our Image of the Quarter Competition.

Meeting Report 9 September 2022

10 September 2022|

Peter Goodhew showed how amateurs can help discover and image new planetary nebulae in today's world where there are huge ground based telescopes as well as the likes of Hubble and Webb.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

8 September 2022|

With the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on 8 September 2022, a page of history has turned right before our eyes. This Society was founded in October 1924, just 18 months before Queen Elizabeth was born in April 1926. This fact alone helps us to appreciate how long the Queen has been part of our national life.

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.

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 [...]

More events

Going beyond Einstein to understand the Universe

2 December @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm GMT

Imaging & Observing Group

7 December @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm GMT

Claiming the sky back

6 January 2023 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm GMT

Imaging & Observing Group

11 January 2023 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm GMT

Hearing the Light: Astronomy Data Sonification

20 January 2023 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm GMT

Imaging & Observing Group: Radio Astronomy

8 February 2023 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm GMT

The Last Stargazers

17 February 2023 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm GMT

The Life of a Planetary System

3 March 2023 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm GMT

Imaging & Observing Group: Comets with Nick James

8 March 2023 @ 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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