Newcastle Astronomical Society


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InfoThe Newcastle upon Tyne Astronomical Society was founded in 1904 and is active in both the practical and theoretical aspects of astronomy.

Our members come from all over the region, and from all walks of life. Some are keen observers, others are very much armchair astronomers, but we aim to provide lectures and activities that will appeal to everyone.

Over the years the Society has attracted many famous professional and amateur astronomers who have come to Newcastle to tell us about their research and their discoveries. Indeed, the Society itself has been a home to some of the country's leading scientists. But our greatest asset must be the 'ordinary' members who give the Society unfailing support.

The Society also holds regular Star Parties, all of which have proved to be a big success with both members and non-members alike. These events are held at a number of locations around the North East where visitors may look through the societies telescopes and those provided by the members, weather permitting.

A regular observing programme is organised by the Society and members are encouraged to undertake observations of all kinds of fascinating objects.

Each year the Society holds a special late-summer meeting to observe the ever popular Perseid meteor shower. Always reaching peak activity around August 12th, the shower sometimes can be quite spectacular and is surely an annual event not to be missed.

What do you have to know about astronomy to join the Society? Absolutely nothing - you don't even need to own a telescope. All you need is enthusiasm to learn about the subject and a desire to share this interest with other like minded people.

These web pages will give you some idea of what the Society does. We hope it will encourage you to come along to a couple of our meetings and, if you are new to astronomy or simply developing your interest in this fascinating amateur science, we hope we will eventually be able to welcome you as a new member.

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