From the Society and elsewhere


Observe the Open Clusters of Autumn

13 September 2018|

Open Clusters are beautiful, varied and relatively simple to observe and image. There are a number of good ones well-placed at this time of year. Have a look at some of them.

September 2018 Meeting report

9 September 2018|

We had a good start to the new season of ASE monthly meetings on Friday 7th September, with a fascinating talk by Dr. John Lightfoot of the ROE on Hubble's Variable Nebula.

Have you ever observed Neptune?

1 September 2018|

Neptune is higher in the Sky from Edinburgh than the other major planets and is an interesting challenge to set yourself if you've never seen it before.

Full Moon observing

24 August 2018|

Full Moon is only a few days away but don't let it stop you doing astronomy. Yes it's very bright and blots out most of the fainter objects in the sky, but it has a beauty and interest all of its own.

It’s Globular cluster season

20 August 2018|

The summer twilight is receding and the globular clusters are again well placed for viewing. Go outside and have a look at these beautiful objects.

Albireo is not a true binary star

15 August 2018|

So it turns out that everyone's favourite double star, Albireo, is not a true binary system. The components are about 60 light years apart and simply an optical alignment.

New website for ASE

25 July 2018|

As you can see we have a new website! It's just a starting point as the website will evolve over the next few months. We'll say more at the September meeting.

Lunar eclipse 27th July 2018

16 July 2018|

There will be a total eclipse of the Moon on Friday 27th July. The Moon will rise fully eclipsed as seen from Edinburgh at 21:21 BST.