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.

This is a little bit after the event I know, but we've had some promo photos sent to us from pro photographer Oli Scarff that he took at our observatory on the night of the maximum of the Perseid Meteor shower last week. ... See MoreSee Less

6 days ago

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We've had a successful and very sunny solar observing day the Yorkshire Arboretum today. Many thanks to the York AS members who gave up their time and expertise to keep the public entertained. ... See MoreSee Less

6 days ago

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Fantastic progress by the boys this weekend. The JW24 is coming together nicely. ... See MoreSee Less

Today, almost 3 years since they dismantled it, John, Rupert and Martin finally reassembled the giant jigsaw puzzle that is the JW24 telescope. It's by no means finished, but at least it's starting to look recognisable as a working instrument now. It's been a tiring, but rewarding weekend.

4 weeks ago

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Meeting #933: Harold Knox Shaw and the Helwan Observatory

Jeremy Shears of the BAA will be talking to us about the Sussex-born Harold Knox-Shaw who, after graduation from Trinity Hall in Cambridge went to work at the Helwan Observatory in Egypt. Here, he became the first person ever to photograph Halley's Comet.

Friday 3rd July, 8pm. Main Hall of the Priory Street Centre, York. YO1 6ET
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2 months ago

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Meeting #932 : 80 Years of Radio Astronomy.

Mr Paul Hyde from the Radio Astronomy section of the British Astronomical Association will speak to us about the evolution of amateur and professional Radio Astronomy.

Friday 19th June, 8pm. Main Hall of the Priory Street Centre, York. YO1 6ET
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3 months ago

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For those of you who didn't know where Venus is, Dave A is here to help! ... See MoreSee Less

3 months ago

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It was 3 years ago today that 25 brave souls from the York AS stood out in the cold and damp south of York in the faint hope of seeing the final transit of Venus in our lifetimes. It was not to be.

Why couldn't the weather have been like it is today?
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3 months ago

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Friday June 5th 2015
Meeting #931: "When the Universe Came to the People"

Dr Alice Sheppard will be talking to the society about the "Galaxy Zoo" and "Citizen Science" projects which aim to involve large numbers of the general public in astronomical observations, which may in time lead to new discoveries.

Meeting starts at 8pm promptly in the Main Hall of the Priory Street Centre. Come along a little earlier to find your seat. See you there!
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3 months ago

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