Events

Some events are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. Please check this page before setting off.

Our regular meetings are held at the Priory Street Centre in York. Click here for details.
The location of the regular Knavesmire star parties can be found here.

Our ‘Sister Observatory’, Lime Tree Observatory, also hosts a number of Public Astronomy Events, details of which can be found here.

Our public observing sessions are shown in green.


2020


25 & 26 January 10:00am – 4:00pm

Meet the astronomers – York Residents Festival 2020.

Saturday now sold out; a handful of tickets for Sunday still available.

The York Astronomical Society invite you to visit their recently refurbished observatory at Beetle Bank Farm.  See our telescopes and displays.  Weather permitting a chance to safely observe our nearest star.  Open as part of York Residents Festival 2020.

Throughout the day there will the following activities or demonstrations: air rocket launches, cosmonaut selfies, navigation skills, a Solar System model, astrophotography workshops/advice, junk modelling, viewing our nearest star, observatory tour, plus a number of telescopes on display.

On Saturday evening, once it gets dark and weather permitting, there will be a free stargazing event with talk (tickets available on the day).

Free entry but admission by ticket only.

Venue: York Astronomical Society observatory at Beetle Bank Farm

Book now


Thursday 30 January

Public Star Party at the Knavesmire, York

Free star gazing on York’s Knavesmire. Starts at 7pm. For location see map


Friday 7 February

The promise of Gravitational Waves

Talk by Dr Sue Bowler

Public Talk at The Priory Street Centre, York How to get here.
Doors open at 7:30pm; talk starts at 8pm.
Prices at the door: non-members £2.50; members £1.00 (How to join)


Saturday 15 February 2020 19:00 – 21:00

Dark Skies at Sutton Bank

Come to Sutton Bank National Park Centre and join members of The Society for a night of stargazing. There will be a talk in the cafe followed by sky observing using a range of telescopes of all shapes and sizes. Part of the North York Moors National Park 2020 Dark Skies Festival.

Booking essential. Adult: £5 Child: £2.50

Book now


Thursday 20 February 18:00-20:00

Star party and talk at Fountains Abbey

Join us for an interactive talk about the stars all around us on planet Earth at Swanley Grange, Fountains Abbey, followed by stargazing through members’ telesopes. See the National Trust website for details and to book tickets or book online here.

Book now


Friday 21 February

Informal evening

Public Talk at The Priory Street Centre, York How to get here.
Doors open at 7:30pm; talk starts at 8pm.
Prices at the door: non-members £2.50; members £1.00 (How to join)


Thursday 5 March

Public Star Party at the Knavesmire, York

Free star gazing on York’s Knavesmire. Starts at 7pm. For location see map


Friday 6 March

Hershel to Hawkwind

Talk by Pete Williamson

Public Talk at The Priory Street Centre, York How to get here.
Doors open at 7:30pm; talk starts at 8pm.
Prices at the door: non-members £2.50; members £1.00 (How to join)


Friday 20 March

Title to be announced

Talk by the ever popular Paul Money. See Paul’s Facebook page.

Public Talk at The Priory Street Centre, York How to get here.
Doors open at 7:30pm; talk starts at 8pm.
Prices at the door: non-members £2.50; members £1.00 (How to join)

Bio: Paul L Money, FRAS, FBIS, is an astronomer based in Horncastle, Lincolnshire, England. He is well known for his extensive talks and is the reviews editor of the BBC Sky at Night magazine. He broadcasts occasionally on BBC Radio Lincolnshire and Lincoln City Radio. He was awarded the ‘Eric Zucker’ award for 2002/2003 for contributions to Astronomy by the Federation of Astronomical Societies. In October 2012 he was also awarded the Sir Arthur Clarke Lifetime Achievement Award for 2012 by the British Rocketry Oral History Project for his active promotion of astronomy and space to the public. 


Thursday 2 April from 7:00pm

Public Star Party at the Knavesmire, York

Free star gazing on York’s Knavesmire. Starts at 7pm. For location see map


Friday 3 April

Mars 2020

Talk by Society member Dave Armeson

Public Talk at The Priory Street Centre, York How to get here.
Doors open at 7:30pm; talk starts at 8pm.
Prices at the door: non-members £2.50; members £1.00 (How to join)


30 April from 7:00pm

Public Star Party at the Knavesmire, York

Free star gazing on York’s Knavesmire. Starts at 7pm. For location see map