The Nottingham Astronomical Society are a friendly group of amateur astronomers from all walks of life. Whilst providing regular guest-speaker events, we encourage active observing. The Society owns and operates an observatory near Cotgrave, which houses our 24-inch large reflector telescope.

We are very active in public outreach, partnering with regional organisations, educational establishments and the BBC. We support several specialist interest groups, including astrophotography, radio astronomy and dark skies campaigning; we also maintain close ties with other astronomical societies and university research departments.

Since 1980, we have been twinned with the Karlsruhe Astronomical Society (Astronomischen Vereinigung Karlsruhe, AOD), based in Germany.

Our main meetings are held on the FIRST Thursday of each month (except August). Doors open at 7.00pm, with the meeting starting at 8.00pm. Our Social and Practical Astronomy meeting are held on the THIRD Thursday of each month. Doors open at 7.30pm, with the meeting starting at 8.00pm.

Our Social and Practical Astronomy event this coming Thursday (Thursday 16th August) will be themed “the summer sky”.

There will be five tables, each with a different topic and a different speaker. We’ll break those attending up into five groups which will rotate around the room and spend 10 minutes at each station. The stations will include:

  • The constellation of Cygnus – Leigh
  • Mars and its geology – Barrie
  • The Milky Way – Richard and Tobias
  • The constellation of Lyra – Gareth
  • Observing meteors – James

The doors will open at 7:30pm and the event will commence at 8pm. Tea and coffee will be available.

Venue: Burnside Village Hall, Plumtree, NG12 5ND.

Everyone welcome.

See you there.


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