The York Astronomical Society

The York Astronomical Society was founded in 1972, around about the time that Apollo 16 went to the Moon. We were set up to demonstrate and teach astronomy and spaceflight to the people of York and the surrounding areas. The society currently has over 100 members.

We are a lively group, with members of all ages and abilities. The society meets twice a month when we have talks, slide shows and practical demonstrations and observing sessions. The society owns an array of telescopes which are used on meeting nights and at public star parties.

We also operate an observatory with mutliple telescopes and a warm room on the outskirts of York for the use of its members.

For details of our next meeting, please click on the events page, or like us on Facebook.

The Perseid Meteor shower is on it's way! Lasting for a few weeks, but peaking on the nights of August 11th and 12th, it promises observers up to 50 shooting stars per hour (given ideal conditions).

For York AS members we have two Perseid events organised:

On Friday 11th August we are having an observation evening at the Lime Tree Observatory in Grewelthorpe near Ripon (HG4 3DA). 7pm onwards.

On Saturday 12th August we will have the annual summer BBQ and Persied watch at the society observatory on the outskirts of York. 5pm onwards. Bring your own food and drink, and we'll provide the hot coals.

If you are interested in either of these events and need further information, send a PM to the Facebook page, or send an email to info (at) yorkastro (dot) org (dot) uk.
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3 weeks ago

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The York Astronomical Society added 8 new photos.

It was early crescent moon watch tonight at the observatory.

York AS member Qamar and a huge gathering of his friends from across the north of England joined us in an attempt to view a 34 hour old moon low down in bright twilight to mark the start of the next Muslim calendar month.

Only a couple of members saw brief glimpses of the tiny crescent through the haze but nonetheless everyone had a great evening and went away having viewed Jupiter and Saturn through the scopes.

Thanks to everyone for their enthusiasm and thanks to Qamar for the lovely samosas!
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4 weeks ago

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1 month ago

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For everyone coming to tonight's meeting (Turning Astrophotography in to Science), we've heard that Micklegate Bar is now open, but only one way. You can get in to the City from the Blossom Street side ok, but not back out again. ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago

The York Astronomical Society with Martin Lunn.

Huge congratulations to our old cohort and friend of the York AS, Mr Martin Lunn who completes 60 orbits of the Sun today.
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2 months ago

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After the storm came the calm last night. The weather finally cleared over our 10th Anniversary bbq at the observatory and we got to view Jupiter through the scopes. Lots of happy campers. ... See MoreSee Less

3 months ago

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The York Astronomical Society shared Cornucopia Festival's photo.

We'll be there for the 3rd year in a row. Come along and enjoy the music, entertainment, great food and of course your local YAS members with their scopes.
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Cornucopia by night is a magical experience, view the stars, enjoy the light projection watch the Pennine Region Balloon Association (P.R.B.A.)light up the night sky. Information and tickets at www.cornfest.co.uk

3 months ago

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We now have a full list of meetings and star parties for 2017. Please check out of website to find out more.

yorkastro.org.uk/events/
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4 months ago

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We had a capacity crowd at the meeting last night. Paul Money presented the first of a two-part lecture celebrating the legacy of the Voyager missions. It was excellent and we're all looking forward to September when we get the next instalment. ... See MoreSee Less

5 months ago

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