Losing the Sky meeting report

16 June 2021|

What a fantastic set of panellists we had for the Losing the Sky event last night. The talk was very wide-ranging and covered just about all the issues associated with the problem of mega-constellations and the pollution of the night sky. Watch the video if you missed it. You won't find a better overview of the topic.

Partial eclipse live stream

11 June 2021|

The weather wasn't perfect but we saw the partial eclipse of the Sun through the clouds as did almost a 1000 others on our YouTube live stream.

4 June Meeting Report

5 June 2021|

Prof. Petri Vaisanen, Director of the South African Astronomical Observatory gave us a very interesting presentation on the "South African Large Telescope (SALT) and SAAO – responding to astronomy in the 2020s". This was followed by the Sky in June from ASE member Nigel Goodman and then our AGM for members only.

Catherine Heymans – New Astronomer Royal for Scotland

27 May 2021|

Congratulations to Prof. Catherine Heymans who was officially announced as the new Astronomer Royal for Scotland today and the first woman to hold the post. Catherine is also our new Honorary President and an enthusiastic and infectious communicator of astronomy.

Losing the Sky event

17 May 2021|

We'll be hosting a very special event on 15 June about the problems caused for astronomers by satellites. "Losing the Sky" is an online live public discussion with Andy Lawrence, Brian Eno, Catherine Heymans, Mark McCaughrean from ESA, Amy Mehlman from Viasat, and many others.

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.

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.

ASE projects

22 March 2021|

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

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 worth a look. Here's a finder chart prepared by Alan [...]

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.

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