Campaign to Protect Rural England – Star Count 2019

Posted on

The Campaign to Protect Rural England

Help us reclaim our dark skies

TAKE PART: 2 February – 23 February

Dark, starry skies are one of the most magical sights the countryside can offer. But light pollution means many of us can’t see the stars. We want to reconnect people with the wonder of our glorious night skies.

You can take part in #StarCount2019 and help us map light pollution, to ensure more of us can enjoy the most magical sight the countryside has to offer.

Our Star Count will take place this February, with support from the British Astronomical Association, and we’ll be asking you to look up at the night sky and tell us how many you can see in Orion. You can do this from anywhere in England.

Goto StarCount2019 for more information.

12th International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA) in Beijing

Posted on

Following on from the talk that Charles Barclay FRAS (far-right in picture) gave at the FAS 2018 AGM & Convention in York we can report that the UK team has returned from the 10 day long 12th International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA) in Beijing having won 2 Silver medals and 2 Honourable Mentions. The competition was particularly tough (one 5 hour theory paper, one 5 hour Data-Analysis and a one hour Observational paper) and we are delighted with the result from this young team of five 17 year olds (two from state school and 3 independent school) led by Charles and Dr Alex Calverley FRAS.

For more information on the IOAA please contact Charles at

Mexborough & Swinton AS 40th Anniversary

Posted on

MSAS 40th Anniversary


Click the badge to visit their website


Mexborough & Swinton Astronomical Society are celebrating the 40th year of our formation. on Saturday 27th October 2018. As part of our year long series of events we have designed a programme of talks at a special day “AstroCon” that we are hosting. There will be a number of trade stands available selling goods.

Click the flyer to find out more 

Community Observatory St Martin’s, Isles of Scilly

Posted on



Community Observatory St Martin’s, Isles of Scilly

We are a small group of amateur astronomers who have just got funding and are in the process of building a community observatory on St Martin’s.
This will enable our community and our visitors to fully appreciate the wonders of our amazing unpolluted dark skies.

To help raise funds we are holding a Gala Dinner on the 6th October 2018 at the Karma Hotel on St Martin’s.

The guest speaker is acclaimed astrophotographer Damian Peach.

For more details & to purchase tickets click here


Loughton Astronomical Society Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Posted on

We invite you and your Society members to join the Loughton Astronomical Society on the 10th November 2018 to celebrate our 50th Anniversary.

Originally formed from an evening class to teach mirror making, the LAS continues to thrive with an active weekly programme and also organises the Autumn Equinox Skycamp at Kelling Heath.

Our 50th celebrations will start with displays, demonstrations and an indoor planetarium in the morning, followed by lectures from top astronomers in the afternoon.


Please see the attached advertisement or visit for details and the opportunity to purchase tickets.