It is with the greatest sadness that the Council of the Society must announce the death of our friend, long-standing member and Treasurer, Dr. Tom Clackson.  Tom was cycling to the Botanic Gardens on Sunday 27th September 2015 to help with our Sun over the Botanics outreach event when he collapsed.  The best efforts of the Park Rangers, Scottish Ambulance Service and The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital could not revive him.  We have lost a dear friend, enthusiastic and exceptionally valued Council member and an expert in so many things astronomical.  Tom's funeral will be held at 10.30 am on Tuesday 13th October at Clydebank Crematorium, Mountblow Road, Clydebank G81 4SL.  Our thoughts are with Tom's wife Anne at this difficult time.

The Astronomical Society of Glasgow is the largest Astronomical Society in Scotland, and is dedicated to promoting an interest in Astronomy.

The Society has been promoting Astronomy in Glasgow for over 100 years.  Membership of the Society is open to all; and anyone, even with the vaguest interests in Astronomy, is welcome to find out what the Society is about.

We are a member of the British Association of Planetaria, affiliated to the British Astronomical Association and the Scottish Astronomers' Group.  The society is a member of the Federation of Astronomical Societies, and is a registered Scottish charity (Charity Number SCO15035).

The Society holds nine regular monthly lecture meetings from September through to May each year. Lectures are held in the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow city centre at 7.30pm, normally on the third Thursday of each month, however this does occasionally change to allow us to welcome some of our speakers who have busy schedules.
All topics of Astronomy are covered in the lectures from Planetary Science to Astrophotography and The Search for Life Beyond Earth. The lectures are free and are open to members and non-members alike. Prior to each meeting a Newsletter is circulated to the Membership giving details of the speaker, the lecture topic and other matters of timely interest.

We also have a number of observing evenings for our members, where we can take advantage of the 16" Meade LX200 telescope at University of Glasgow's Acre Road observatory, as well as some darker skies observing evenings at Mugdock country park just outside Glasgow.

The Society is also involved in a number of outreach events, bringing Astronomy to the people of Glasgow and further afield. We have regular meetings for the public at the Botanical Gardens in Glasgow where we provide a number of telescopes, and the knowledge of the members to allow the public to look through them to see the craters on the moon, planets and distant stars. If the skies aren't clear, then we will share our knowledge with presentations and talks on various astronomy topics.

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Issued by the Council of The Astronomical Society of Glasgow

2nd May 2018

The main objective of The Astronomical Society of Glasgow is to promote an interest in Astronomy. Membership of the Society is open to everyone; and all ages are welcomed. While the lecture program is free, its only a small part of what the Society offers. By joining the Society, all the extra benefits below are available.

  • Access to the Acre Road observatory twice a month from October through to March where you can use the computer driven 16" Meade LX200 telescope, and learn a little more about observing, and hopefully if the skies are clear see some fantastic views of some of the amazing sights the universe has to offer.
  • Darker skies observing evenings held at Mugdock Country part just outside Glasgow where we have slightly darker skies to observe under. Members bring along their own telescopes, and the Society's telescopes are available for members to look through. So if you're looking to purchase a new telescope, this could be the best way to try out many different scopes under darker skies and ask all the questions you want to from people who own the scopes!
  • Darker Skies weekend, held at Kindrogan Fields Studies Centre, outside Pitlochry, where some of the darkest skies in Scotland can be found. A truly fantastic weekend of observing, that is only available to members.
  • Monthly Newsletter

All these extra benefits are available with membership to the Astronomical Society of Glasgow. Membership costs £15 per year for over 16's, and is free for 16's and under.

Please download the PDF of the membership form, complete in BLOCK CAPITALS please (so that we can read your email address) and post with a cheque made payable to The Astronomical Society of Glasgow for £15 to the address on the form.  Alternatively, bring the completed form with payment to one of the monthly public lectures.

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Please be assured that the personal information supplied by you to the Society is treated confidentially and is used purely for administrative purposes and will not be disclosed to any third party. Also note that although membership for Junior members (16 and under) is free, we do still need a completed membership form so we can send you our Newsletter and membership card.