Astronomy in Edinburgh2023-02-26T09:57:44+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.

Observing forecast for Edinburgh

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Main banner image: Eros Tang, California Nebula – NGC 1499

Upcoming events

ASE Members Night

7 April @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm BST

Imaging & Observing Group

12 April @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm BST

Simulated missions to the Moon & Mars

21 April @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm BST

Featured news

17 March 2023 Meeting Report

19 March 2023|

We had a very interesting talk from Dr Roberta Zanin from Bologna in Italy about The Cherenkov Telescope Array Observatory: a new eye on the most extreme Universe. Jim Nisbet reviews the talk for us.

Flashes of Creation by Paul Halpern book review

5 March 2023|

Pate Devine reviews the book "Flashes of Creation" by Paul Halpern, a readable and fascinating account of the lives of theoretical physicist, George Gamov, and physicist, Fred Hoyle, and their competing theories on the formation of the universe.

More news

3 March 2023 Meeting Report

5 March 2023|

We had an excellent talk from Dr Thomas Wilson of the University of St Andrews.  He covered the life-cycle of a planetary system: how they are born, live and die [...]

Telescope Help Shop 2023

26 February 2023|

The ASE held its fifth Telescope Help Shop on Saturday the 25th Feb at St Thomas Church hall in Corstorphine. 21 people attended aided by 9 ASE members. A diverse range of instruments was brought along supplemented by some members’ scopes. All attendees expressed their gratitude for the opportunity to talk about their specific issues as well as the general points covered.

The Gegenschein

23 February 2023|

A report by Douglas Heggie about a by-product of an observation he was making of a comet using a telescope at the Utah Desert Remote Observatory in the USA.

17 February 2023 Meeting Report

18 February 2023|

Tosh White tells us about the talk from Prof. Emily Levesque, zooming in from Seattle, and running through some ideas and themes from her book “The Last Stargazers”. “Have you tried turning it off and on again?”

IOG Meeting Report 8 February 2023

10 February 2023|

Radim Stano reports on one of our special Imaging & Observing Group meetings with guests. We had 2 special guests, both from the British Astronomical Association Radio Astronomy Section and both trustees of the UK Radio Astronomy Association, Paul Hearn and Andrew Thomas.

3 February 2023 Meeting Report

4 February 2023|

Unfortunately Dr James Wurster couldn't be with us in person  but still delivered a very interesting talk about Using computer simulations to model the formation of stars and their discs. Jim Nisbet also told us about the Sky in February.

2022 When ASE caught the Meteor Bug

28 January 2023|

Pat Devine tells us about the ASE's new interest in meteor cameras. Over the past year the ASE have setup cameras operated by four members in the UK, a camera in Slovakia and soon to be one in Germany, with others in the pipeline.

20 January 2023 Meeting Report

21 January 2023|

Clara Brasseur gave us an excellent talk on Friday about turning astronomical data into sounds. Quite different from anything else we've had but very creative and engaging.

6 January 2023 Meeting Report

7 January 2023|

Our first meeting of 2023 was by ASE member Viktoria Urban who took us on a stage from our Losing the Sky event in June 2021 by telling us how the issues with space debris are currently being addressed. Nigel Goodman also gave us a run-down of what's in the sky for January 2023.

Meeting Report Friday 16th December 2022

18 December 2022|

Our final guest speaker of 2022 was Dr Jenifer Millard, who spoke to us about “Exploring the invisible Cosmos through island universes”.

Occultation of Mars

11 December 2022|

That was a fascinating event early in the morning of 8 December 2022. The full Moon occulted Mars, which was at opposition - a rare event indeed. Various ASE members braved the freezing early morning air to grab some amazing images.

Image of the Year 2022 results

4 December 2022|

Congratulations to Ramsay McIver who won with his excellent Maasai Mara Milky Way Mosaic. Also to Eros Tang and Andrew Farrow who took 2nd and 3rd places.

More events

ASE Members Night

7 April @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm BST

Imaging & Observing Group

12 April @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm BST

Simulated missions to the Moon & Mars

21 April @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm BST

Indigenous Australian Astronomy

19 May @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm BST

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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