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


Thursday 20 February 18:00-20:00

Star party and talk at Fountains Abbey – SOLD OUT

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.

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Friday 21 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)


Friday 28 February

Beginners Guide to The Solar System

Come along to the Beginners’ Guide to the Solar System, learn amazing facts, see awesome images and, if weather permits, use our telescopes to view the night sky. Suitable for families, refreshments available.

Doors open at 6:00pm; starts at 6:30pm

Price: £6.00 plus booking fee of 47p.

Venue: Beetle Bank Farm, York, YO19 5XD – see map for location

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Sun 1 Mar 2020 18:00 – 21:00

Stargazing at Brimham Rocks – SOLD OUT

Come and wonder at the stars and constellations above Brimham Rocks after dark through telescopes with members of the Society. Includes a talk and refreshments.

Organised by the National Trust at Brimham Rocks. See their website for details.

Booking essential – call 0344 249 1895

Price: £6.50 per person. Sorry no dogs.


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)


Friday 17 April

An evening at Beetle Bank Farm

Our usual Friday meeting but at Beetle Bank Farm for a general induction to using our observatory. We will be using the deck roof (with disable access via a stair lift), and fixed and movable telescopes and lenses. Experience star-hopping or astrophotography.

Venue: Beetle Bank Farm – see map for location

Prices: members £1.00, non-members £2.50.


Saturday 25 April 7:30pm

Galaxies of Brass – An Out Of This World Musical Experience

A new collaboration between York Railway Institute Brass Band and York Astronomical Society featuring music inspired by Astronomy and Space.

Venue: The Chapel, York St John University, York, YO31 7EX

Tickets: £10

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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