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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

**April 2024**




Professor Lyndsay Fletcher


Solar Flares

Join us tonight as we welcome guest speaker, Professor Lyndsay Fletcher from the University of Glasgow. Her research interests are in 
solar flare and coronal physics, and  tonight she will be sharing her knowledge and expertise in solar flares. An evening not to be missed.


John Davies

Runaway Rockets and other Space Exploration Disasters

John Davies from the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh is our guest speaker tonight and will be looking back at failures over 50 years of rocketry and space travel, describing how chance, engineering error and unforeseen circumstances can turn success into failure in the blink of an eye.

**May 2024**




Aileen Malone


15th Anniversary of Airdrie Astronomical Association

AAA formed in May 2009 and tonight's talk celebrates 15 years of the AAA and our work promoting space and science in our community.

Join club secretary, Aileen Malone, as she takes us back in time over the past incredible 130 years of observing in Airdrie. Discover when and how the observatory was first created and all AAA have accomplished in the past 15 years.


Professor Alex Murphy

The Dark Universe

Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances, Professor Alex Murphy will no longer be able to join us tonight.

Come along instead to hear Airdrie Observatory co-curator, Jack Frederick, as he entertains us all with his talk "In Space, No One Can Hear You Scream!"


Professor Ian Robson


The Pluto Story

Tonight's Guest Speaker is Professor Ian Robson, Royal Observatory Edinburgh Fellow. We will learn all about Pluto, how it was discovered and how discovery and observations of KBOs eventually led the International Astronomical Union (IAU) in 2006 to declassify Pluto from being a planet.
Although the question of  ‘what is a planet?’ might seem easy to answer, the ensuing debate by professional astronomers has been both complicated and fractious. The twists and turns of how Pluto finally came to be demoted by the IAU will be revisited on a personal basis – astronomical democracy in action – or not, and the legacy from the decision will be discussed.

AMG - Members Only



Tonight we host our annual AGM. 
This meeting is only open to current AAA Members but we will see you all next week for our final meeting before the Summer Break.

Richard Shaw


Texas 2024

Join us for our last meeting before we take our Summer Break. Join AAA Chairperson, Richard Shaw, as he shares pictures and stories from his recent adventure to Texas.



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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