Astronomy in Edinburgh2021-02-17T19:35:51+00:00

Astronomy in Edinburgh

Because of Covid-19 all our meetings are now online – and we’re doing more of them. Stay involved and keep an eye open here, on Facebook and Twitter. Visitors please join us on our YouTube channel.

We’re aiming to have something happening online at least twice a month – often on Fridays at 7:30pm. We also have the monthly Imaging & Observing Group meetings for ASE members on the Wednesday after the first monthly meeting.

The priority for the ASE is the health and safety of our members and the public but we also want to continue engaging with you all through our love of astronomy.

Follow our Facebook page and Twitter feed for more up-to-the-minute observing ideas, information and results.

Observing forecast for Edinburgh

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Featured news

“Losing the Sky”

17 February 2021|

Andy Lawrence has written a new book - a popular-level polemic about the pollution of the night sky by satellite mega-constellations.

More news

From SWARM to JUNO meeting

6 February 2021|

Dr Ciaran Beggan of the British Geological Survey gave us a fascinating talk on how magnetic fields work on Earth and Jupiter, and also how missions are expanding our understanding of them.

Ron Livesey

26 January 2021|

We are sad to inform members of the death of Ron Livesey who passed away on the 25th Jan 2021.

The ASE Messier project

18 January 2021|

We've started a new project! ASE members are are going to try capturing all of the objects in the Messier Catalogue and gather them on our website.

Navigating the Night Sky

15 January 2021|

Watch Alan Pickup's brilliant presentation on finding our way round the night sky.

2020 Review: what a year!

15 December 2020|

2020 started normally but soon became unlike any other year. But we stepped up and were more active than ever.

Here come the Geminids – and no Moon!

1 December 2020|

The reliable Geminids peak on the night of 13/14 December and the Moon won't get in the way. We can expect rates of up to 50 meteors per hour.

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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