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.

Members' only events are only visible in the ASG Calendar section once you have logged in.

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.

Outreach event - Friday 17th November

The ASG will be running an outreach event on behalf of the RSPB at Lochwinnoch Nature Reserve Largs Road, Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire, PA12 4JF   Tel 01505 842 663
More information is available at www.rspb.org.uk/lochwinnoch

The RSPB have advised us that the price will be £6 for adults and £3 for children; RSPB Members £3/£2

Outreach event - Thursday 30th November

The ASG will be running an outreach event in association with the Glasgow Science Centre at Whitelee Windfarm Visitor Centre.  Access is by ticket only.  More information is available at https://www.scottishpower.co.uk/whitelee/events/stargazing-30-11-17

Lecture - 21st December 2017 - 7.30pm

Attaining the ultimate resolution limits of large ground-based astronomical telescopes - Dr. Stewart McKechnie, Member of the ASG

Location - Room 6.41 Royal College, Strathclyde University.  Access is via the Montrose Street entrance, take the lift to Level 3, exit the lift and take the 2nd set of steps on your left, go through the double glass doors.  Room 6.41 is on your left approximately half way along the corridor.

Public lectures for the 2017-2018 session

The ASG's free public lectures for the 2017-18 session are as follows, the dates and titles are shown below.  They are normally held in Room 6.41 Royal College, Strathclyde University unless otherwise advised.  Access is via the Montrose Street entrance, take the lift to Level 3, exit the lift and take the 2nd set of steps on your left, go through the double glass doors.  Room 6.41 is on your left approximately half way along the corridor.  The lectures start at 7:30pm and are preceded from 6:45pm by either a presentation on the month's skywatching highlights or by a social event giving you the opportunity to meet other members.

The lecture programme for the 2017-18 session is as follows:

Thursday 21st September 2017 Should We Fear Solar Tornadoes?
The Eric Tomney Lecture
Dr. Nicolas Labrosse, Senior Lecturer in the School of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Glasgow
Thursday 19th October 2017 Radio Astronomy from your Back Garden
Prof. Graham Woan, Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Glasgow. Director of the University Observatories and head of the Astronomy and Astrophysics research group in the School of Physics and Astronomy
Thursday 16th November 2017 The Universe is full of noises: a new perspective from gravitational waves
Mr. Daniel Williams, PhD candidate and researcher working in the Institute for Gravitational Research in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Glasgow
Thursday 21st December 2017 Attaining the ultimate resolution limits of large ground-based astronomical telescopes
Dr. Stewart McKechnie, Member of the ASG
Thursday 18th January 2018 METI – Messaging to Extraterrestrial Intelligencies
The Tannahill Lecture
Dr. Alan Penny, Honorary reader and visiting scientist in the Astronomy Group of the School of Physics and Astronomy, University of St Andrews
Thursday 15th February 2018 Members' Night Talks
Thursday 15th March 2018 The Gaia Mission: unravelling the composition, formation and evolution of our galaxy
Dr. Nick Rowel, Researcher and developer with the Wide Field Astronomy Unit at the Royal Observatory of Edinburgh
Thursday 19th April 2018 The Sun's Evolving Magnetic Skeleton
The Leon Davies Lecture
Prof. Clare Parnell, Professor of Applied Mathematics, School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of St Andrews
Thursday 17th May 2018 Asteroid Exploration and Exploitation : from nanoprobes to asteroid engineering
Prof. Max Vasile, Professor of Space Systems Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Strathclyde
  This lecture will be followed by the Society Annual General Meeting

 

Upcoming Event: BAA "Back to Basics" - Saturday October 11th 2014 in Glasgow

The British Astronomical Association has designed a programme of talks and practical sessions to help you learn basic techniques and develop your interest to its full potential. Experienced people will be on hand to answer your questions.

Download the pdf flyer here to learn more, and book your place. This is a free event, however booking is required.

The Society regrets to announce that, due to a change of requirements by Glasgow City Council, it is unable to offer the Stars over the Botanics or Sun over the Botanics events until further notice.  We would like to thank all members of the public who have attended these events in the past for their support and we do hope to be able to offer these events again at some date in the future.

Lectures are held in Room 6.41 of the Royal College building, University of Strathclyde unless otherwise noted.  Lectures start at 7.30pm and are preceded by either the Observing Group or a social event from 6.45pm.  Members of the public are most welcome to attend our free lectures without obligation to join the society.

Access is via the Montrose Street entrance, take the lift to Floor 3, exit the lift and take the 2nd set of steps on your left, go through the double glass doors.  Room 6.41 is on your left approximately half way along the corridor.

Thursday 18th September

Weaving the Cosmic Web
Dr. Peter Edwards, Director of Science Outreach, Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics, Durham University

Thursday 16th October

Lights in the Northern Sky
Mr. Ken Kennedy, Aurora Section Director, British Astronomical Association

Thursday 20th November Astrophotography
Mr. Rob Ince, former manager, Scottish Dark Sky Observatory
Thusday 18th December Very Low and Very High Frequency Radio Astronomy South of the Equator
Dr. Alec McKinnon, Senior Lecturer, Centre for Open Studies, University of Glasgow
Thursday 15th January Fundamental Physics, Astronomy and Cosmology
The Tannahill Lecture
Prof. Malcolm Longair CBE FRS FRSE, 9th Astronomer Royal for Scotland, Emeritus Jacksonian Professor of Natural Philosophy, University of Cambridge
Thursday 19th February Members' Night -  collection of talks by ASG members
Thursday 19th March Mascons, Maria, Mega-Impacts & Moon rocks: Geology and the face of the Moon
Dr. Simon Cuthbert, Lecturer in Earth Sciences, University of West of Scotland
This is a joint meeting with The Geological Society of Glasgow
Thursday 16st April The search for Gravitational Waves – status of the hunt for ripples from the dark side of the universe
The Leon Davies Lecture
Prof. Sheila Rowan, Director, Institute for Gravitational Research, University of Glasgow
Thursday 21st May Space Medicine
Dr. Gillian Pearce, Keele University
  followed by the Society AGM