About Us

The York Astronomical Society was founded in 1972, about the time that Apollo 16 went to The Moon. It was formed by a few members of a previous astronomy group that had disbanded in the late 1960s.

In December 2017 York Astronomical Society became a charity (Charitable Incorporated Organisation – CIO).

We are a lively group, with members of all ages and abilities. The society meets twice a month when we have talks, slide shows, 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 multiple telescopes and a warm room on the outskirts of York for the use of its members. Note: since our move to Beetle Bank Farm, our observatory is not available to the public and is currently being restored.

The core values of The York Astronomical Society are to demonstrate, educate and promote the subjects of astronomy, spaceflight, and any associated sciences to the people of York, and the surrounding Yorkshire regions. In order to do this we hold two formal public meetings per month where guest speakers present lectures on a wide variety of subjects. Also, the society hosts regular sky-watching sessions, which are known as “star parties” where members of the public can view the night sky using binoculars or telescopes. In the past, there have often been society visits to places of astronomical interest, such as Fylingdales RAF base, Jodrell Bank and The Royal Greenwich Observatory.

Throughout its 46 year history, The York Astronomical Society has maintained five observatories in various locations around the county for the use of its members. The current members observatory is located at a dark site on the outskirts of York.

You are more than welcome to join us.

You can also find us around the web on:

Facebook: our official page.

Facebook group: chat group (members and other posts)



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