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.

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

1 month ago

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It looks like it could be a reasonable night for observing at the Knavesmire tonight. Our members will be down from 1830 onwards. Come and join us. ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago

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The York Astronomical Society added 2 new photos — at University of York Astrocampus

Society visit to the University of York Astrocampus tonight. 20 members enjoyed a talk about the birth, life and death of stars which was followed up with a tour of the facility with its many radio and optical telescopes. Thanks to the AC guys for a fascinating evening.
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2 months ago

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The York Astronomical Society added 4 new photos to the album St. Peter's student night.

The first of our "semi informal" evenings. A great success.
Thanks to Rupert Powell for the images.
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The first of our "semi informal" evenings. A great success. Thanks to @[100000350646123:2048:Rupert Powell] for the images.

3 months ago

The first of our

The York Astronomical Society with Paul Colbeck.

We've had a wonderful evening listening to 5 short lectures presented by upper 6th form physics students from St. Peter's School. We were all very impressed.
We really must do this again sometime.
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3 months ago

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The York Astronomical Society added 4 new photos.

A few pictures from Friday night's public observing at St Peter's School. Thanks to Suzanne for the images. Thanks to David et al from St Peter's for having us along.
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3 months ago

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The York Astronomical Society added a new photo to the album Timeline Photos. ... See MoreSee Less

4 months ago

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The York Astronomical Society added 5 new photos.

The final meeting of 2016 was a very enjoyable festive informal night. Eight members stepped up to present a wide range of topics from radio astronomy to lunar photography to extragalactic globular clusters. We had quizzes and competitions. We even all had the chance to step in a virtual reality solar system. Nights like these are the ones we remember. Thanks to everyone who presented and to everyone who came along to enjoy the festivities - and the mince pies!
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4 months ago

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Hi everyone. Last night's excellent speaker, James Lees from York Uni was kind enough to speak to us free of charge. All he asked in return was this favour: He is wanting to speak at various science festivals next year and needs "references" from people who have seen him speak.

So, if you enjoyed what you saw last night, please could you either email or tweet James on the details below telling him him so. Thanks
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6 months ago

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