5 Observatory Curators
5 Observatory Curators

5 past curators from Airdrie Observatory

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Gavin in the Observatory
Gavin in the Observatory

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The dome
The dome

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5 Observatory Curators
5 Observatory Curators

5 past curators from Airdrie Observatory

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Friday Night Meetings

 

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

 

FRIDAY EVENING AGENDA: 

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

We will return to our normal schedule of weekly meetings when we re-open following our Christmas break on January 13th 2023

**December Talks**

Date:

Speaker:

Subject:

Fri 9th Dec

Christmas Quiz

AAA Christmas Quiz

Join us for the return of our fun filled Christmas Quiz night. Bring a team or come on your own and join one of our teams, everyone is welcome!
Fun for all ages and with questions on a range of subjects, not just space, the more the merrier!
Will your team get their hands on the coveted Chocolate Reindeer? Come along and find out!

 

Winter Observing Sessions 

Our Winter Observing Sessions are back after a two year break due to Covid restrictions. 

Join us in the Observatory, use our historic telescope to observe the night sky and meet our curators who will answer your questions and make you feel very welcome.

Our open observing sessions will run on Tuesday evenings from 1st Nov till 13 Dec inclusive and 

10th Jan till 28th Feb inclusive from 5:30pm - 7pm (last admission 6:45pm)

If you would like to visit us or bring your group to our historic Observatory and use our telescope, click on the button below for more Information!

Visit our Observing Page and check out our handy Observatory Calendar to check if there is a group booked in on the night you plan to visit us.

Whats up at the Airdrie Observatory from now till Christmas.

Below is a list of celestial objects that will be hoping to see during this sessions viewing evenings, weather permitting.

 

1st November 2021

 The 8 day old moon, Saturn and Jupiter.

We may also spot a few Taurid meteors as these will still be active tonight and for the next few weeks. We may be able to view the Andromeda galaxy.

The winter constellations will start to come into better viewing positions over the next  few months.

 

8th November 2021

The 15 day old moon, Saturn and Jupiter.

We may be able to view the Andromeda galaxy and Pleiades

The winter constellations will start to come into better viewing positions over the next weeks.

 

15th November 2021

Saturn and Jupiter are still present.

We may be able to view the Andromeda galaxy and Pleiades

The winter constellations will start to come into better viewing positions over the next weeks.

 

22nd November 2021

Saturn and Jupiter will still be good to see, although Saturn is getting lower on the horizon.

We may be able to view the Andromeda galaxy and Pleiades

The winter constellations will start to come into better viewing positions over the next weeks.

 

29th November 2021

Jupiter will be good to see and we may see the International space station pass close to Jupiter during the session.

 A six day old moon will be visible. We may be able to view the Andromeda galaxy and Pleiades

Mars is starting to become viewable and will be very prominent over the next month or two.

The winter constellations will start to come into better viewing positions over the next weeks.

 

6th December 2021

Jupiter will be getting near best position for this viewing season

 A thirteen day old moon will be visible and close to the Pleiades. We may be able to view the Pleiades. Mars is getting higher in the sky.

 

13th December 2021

This is the last open evening for the year and our first open evening in the New Year will be the 10th January 2023.

Jupiter will be getting near best position and will reach its highest point in the sky at 6.45pm

We may be able to view the Andromeda galaxy and Pleiades.

Mars is getting higher in the sky. Uranus is quite high in the sky, it is a very dim planet just viewable with the naked eye under dark skies but we may attempt to see it through the telescope.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO JOIN AAA?

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.


FRIDAY EVENING AGENDA: 
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!.”

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

 

Dr Nicolas Labrosse, Glasgow University

Dr. David McKee, Strathclyde University

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