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Friday Night Meetings


We meet on Friday evenings in New Wellwynd Parish Church, Wellwynd, Airdrie ML6 0AG.



7:30 - 8:00pm - Space News by one of the News Team 
8:00pm - 8:30pm - Tea Break
8:30pm - 9:30pm - Main Talk 

Observing the Night Sky


Airdrie Observatory is a fully-functioning and unique facility, and AAA are delighted to manage the facility on behalf of North Lanarkshire Council.  It is a great place to visit for all types of groups, societies and clubs and we use it throughout the year. Our dedicated Curators can provide advice, hints and tips on all manner of space-related questions. Whether you are a complete beginner or have an existing interest in astronomy, a visit to the Observatory can be a fascinating and rewarding experience.

What's on

**December 2023**




Roy Bryce


Planet of the Month - Mars

Roy continues from last week’s look at Earth by examining our increasing understanding of the next planet from the Sun, Mars.


Christmas Quiz

Christmas Quiz

Join us tonight for our annual Christmas Quiz! Stuart Winning is back to test us and find out what we can remember from the last 12 months? It's not all about space as we will have rounds on general knowledge, music and much more. Come along for the quiz and lots of fun. Christmas jumpers and Santa hats are encouraged.


Christmas Dinner at the Tudor Hotel

Christmas Dinner 

Tonight is our annual Christmas dinner at the Tudor Hotel. There will be no club meeting tonight and we will see you all back in New Wellwynd Church on January 12th.


Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

**January 2024**




Sandra Winning



Sandra hasn’t confirmed her topic yet but her previous talks have been
enthralling and informative. From her unique perspective join us for
another entertaining evening from Sandra – you’re bound to discover
something you didn’t know.


Alexander MacKinnon

The High Energy Sun

Fast particles on the Sun and elsewhere: how do we learn about them,
what effects do they have, what produces them? Solar and stellar flares,
Solar neutrons how are they detected? What produces them? Why are
they important?
 Come along tonight as Alexander MacKinnon joins us to answer these and other questions!


Jack Frederick


The Death of Opportunity: What Tumblr Tells Us
About the Robot Uprising

Join us tonight as one of our observatory curators, Jack, delivers an eclectic talk on some of the classics of cinema, the things you find after spending too much time on social media, a little robot that could, and why the future might not be so bad...


Our Friday night meetings are a great opportunity to meet like minded people with an interest in astronomy and spaceflight. Enjoy the weekly space news and a range of guest speakers who are experts in their subjects. We also offer the opportunity for members to give presentations on subjects that interest them. You don't need to be a member to come along.

New members are always very welcome so come along, join in and meet like minded people.

We meet at New Wellwynd Parish Church, Wellwynd, Airdrie ML6 0AG.

7:30 - 8:00pm - Space News 
8:00pm - 8:30pm - Tea Break
8:30pm - 9:30pm - Main Talk

Become an AAA Member

Becoming a member is easy, simply pick up a membership form at any of our weekly meetings.

Benefits of becoming a member include• borrowing books and equipment• opportunity to participate in observing the night sky• access to Airdrie observatory outside library opening hours and many more!


Fees are as follows:

Full Member (Waged / Working) : £15 per annum

Full Member (Unwaged / retired) : £10 per annum

Junior Members (Under 18) : £5 per annum

Family Membership : £25 per annum (Up to 2 Adults and all children under the age of 18)


We ask for a donation towards the room hire of £1.00 from members, £2.00 for visitors, children under 18 are free. We supply tea, coffee, soft drinks and biscuits for the tea break.

“Fantastic time – thanks for your warm hospitality and enthusiasm!.”

Dr Nicolas Labrosse, Glasgow University

"I was hugely impressed with both your meeting (the Space News section was fantastic!) and with the fabulous observatory"


Dr. David McKee, Strathclyde University

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