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.

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Featured news

Meeting report: “Planet 9 or Planet Nein?” and “Sky in May”

9 May 2021|

Dr Samantha Lawler gave a detailed and fascinating technical explanation of what astronomers understand about the bodies in our outer Solar System, discussing theories for their formation. Alan Pickup then gave a wonderful Sky in May presentation which was, as always, full of topical gems of knowledge.

ASE projects

22 March 2021|

We started out with the ASE Messier project, have now added the Caldwell and Lunar 100 projects too.

More news

Venus Tablets of Ammisaduqa and Scope Talks.

18 April 2021|

Dr Bruce Vickery's talk was a fascinating in-depth analysis of the origin and importance of a famous cuneiform tablet describing astronomical observations of Venus. We also had two Scope Talks from Pat Devine and Hugh Somerville.

Nova in Cassiopeia

21 March 2021|

Yuji Nakamura (Kameyama, Mie, Japan) has reported the discovery of a possible nova, PNV J23244760+6111140, on March 18.4236. It is relatively bright at mag. 8 and may brighten more so [...]

Comet Tales

20 March 2021|

We knew it would be good but it was really quite special, our talk from ASE member Prof. Randall Stevenson on Comet Tales.

Meeting report 5th March 2021

6 March 2021|

A fascinating talk about Edinburgh's local Rocket company by SKYRORA's Head of Launch, Robin Hague followed by a comprehensive tour of the night Sky in March by Alan Pickup

“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.

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.

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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