Come and Join us - Visitors Welcome!
Observing the Night Sky
Airdrie Observatory is a fully-functioning and unique facility, and AAA are delighted to manage the facility on behalf of CultureNL. 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.
Friday 6th December
Simon Cuthbert -
“New Moon: the emerging post-Apollo view of Earth’s celestial partner”
The bright globe of the Moon is the most familiar feature of our night skies that, perhaps, we take for granted; but even a modest telescope can reward us with abundant clues to its spectacular history. However, the Moon has been minutely imaged by orbiting spacecraft and remains the only celestial body that has been visited by a human scientist, so we have a rich haul of samples and an amazing library of images of the lunar surface. In this 50th anniversary year of the Apollo 11 landing it’s fitting to look back at the extraordinary, but too often unsung, scientific achievements of the Apollo missions and its unmanned predecessors, making sense of that “magnificent desolation". But a new generation of orbital missions and robotic landers is now broadening our knowledge, fleshing out a dramatic narrative of the Moon’s violent birth, a global magma ocean, giant impacts and vast floods of lava. Lunar prospecting is revealing resources that might support a lunar base and missions on to Mars. For the “lunatics” among us the exciting times are returning!
The funeral and celebration of John’s life will take place at Cardross Crematorium on Friday 6th December at 11:30am to which all are invited. Family Flowers only. Donations instead to The Friends of Dr. Mackinnon Memorial Hospital, Broadford, Isle of Skye, IV49 9AA
Funeral of John Brown
Winter Observing Sessions 2019/20
Our Winter Observing Sessions run on Tuesday nights throughout November, December and January.
If you would like to visit us or bring your group to our historic Observatory and use our Telescope to observe the night sky click on the button below for more Information!
“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
For the latest updates join us on Facebook.