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.

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We had loads of enthusiastic festival goers join us over the weekend as we did not one but three star party sessions at the Cornucopia Festival at Burton Constable Hall. We had three telescopes on hand and the ever-present "stable door shaped scrolling picture gallery" showing our members' pictures.
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4 days ago

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Many thanks to everyone who came along to Castle Howard Arboretum on Saturday night for our public star party. We were blessed with clear skies and a very good turn out. ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago

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We've had a great evening as the start of our public observing season for 2016-17. A lovely if slightly hazy first quarter moon with lots of other celestial objects and about 40 people in attendance. ... See MoreSee Less

3 weeks ago

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The current forecast is good for our first public Knavesmire observing session of the 2016-17 winter season. We will be there from 1930 this coming Thursday 8th September. No admission fee. Just come along and enjoy the heavens with us!
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4 weeks ago

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Yay! The York AS & Lime Tree Observatory Lunar Calendars for 2017 have arrived. They look similar to last year's, but with next year's moon phases on them! These will be on sale for just £1 each. They make great gifts for kids and adults alike. Roll up roll up! ... See MoreSee Less

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We had a great Solar viewing day at Castle Howard Arboretum on Sunday. Even the Sun came out occasionally!
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1 month ago

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Hi everyone. After a straw poll on the chat room and discussion at last night's committee meeting we have decided to hold the annual York AS barbecue on Saturday August 6th. It will be held as usual at the society observatory.

We understand that this isn't the Saturday nearest to the maximum of the Perseid meteor shower, but the following Saturday has an almost full moon, so it was decided to go with better all-round observing chances instead.

As usual, YAS will provide the heat and you bring your own food and drink. YAS members and their families are all welcome.
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3 months ago