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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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Come and Join us - Visitors Welcome!

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

**February Talks**


Fri 3rd Feb



Roy Bryce

Mercury – Planet of the Month

Planet of the Month is back and we are excited to kick start this fantastic series of talks with AAA member, Roy Bryce.
Roy has an interest in geology and is sure to share his knowledge on the geology of Mercury as well as many other interesting facts about the smallest planet in our solar system.

Fri 10th Feb

Sandra Winning

The first German Kosmonauts

We are delighted to invite you to join us tonight, for a wonderful talk by AAA member, Sandra Winning. As a native German, who better to give us a talk about the first German Kosmonauts? We have had talks about the Americans and Russians, so come along tonight to learn about how the Germans made it into space and what they did when they got there.

Fri 17th Feb

Dr. Max Ruffert

New windows on the Universe

Join us tonight as Dr. Max Ruffert tells us about timely topics like gravitational waves and the mind-bending new observatories, both underground for neutrinos as well as the interferometers for gravitational waves. Come along to find out about the frontiers of science and what we are finding out about the Universe. 

Fri 24th Feb


Short Talk Night

February also brings the return of our members short talk nights! Expect the unexpected as our members bring you a selection of short talks on a variety of different subjects that will entertain and get you thinking! Definitely a night not to be missed!

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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.


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!.”

"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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