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.
  • Hire of the Societys' telescopes for members use.
  • 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.

The public lecture series for the 2016-2017 session is now complete.  The lecture series for the 2017-2018 session will be announced here in due course.  The first lecture of the next session will be held on Thursday 21st September 2017 at 7.30pm in Room 6.41 of the Royal College building, University of Strathclyde.

Public lectures for the 2016-17 session

The ASG's free public lectures for the 2016-17 session were as follows, the dates and titles are shown below.  They were 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 complete lecture programme for the 2016-17 session was:

Thursday 15th September 2016 New Views of the Sun's Hot Corona
The Eric Tomney Lecture
Dr Iain G Hannah, Astronomy and Astrophysics Group, SUPA School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Glasgow
Thursday 20th October 2016 The Gaia Space Telescope: mapping the Milky Way in six dimensions
Dr Nick Rowell, Researcher and developer in the Wide Field Astronomy Unit, Royal Observatory Edinburgh
Thursday 17th November 2016 What has Space Ever Done for Us?
Mr Matjaz Vidmar, Postgraduate research student. Institute for the study of Science, Technology & Innovation. University of Edinburgh
Thursday 15th December 2016 Opening a New Window on Einstein’s Universe
Prof Martin Hendry MBE Head of School, Professor of Gravitational Astrophysics and Cosmology, Chair, Institute of Physics, Scotland
Thursday 19th January 2017 An Introduction to Pulsars - Throwing some light on Gravity and Relativity
The Tannahill Lecture
Prof. Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Visiting Professor, Astrophysics, University of Oxford
This lecture will be held in Lecture Theatre 325 in the John Anderson building here
Thursday 16th February 2017 Members' Night Talks
Thursday 16th March 2017 Asteroids and Space Debris, Threat or Opportunity?  Major Results from the Stardust Network
Prof Max Vasile, Prof of Space Systems Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Strathclyde University
Thursday 20th April 2017 Space Weather and the Polar Regions: Gateways to Geospace
The Leon Davies Lecture
Dr Andrew Kavanagh, Middle Atmosphere Vertical Coupling Analyst, British Antarctic Survey.  This lecture will be held in Lecture Theatre 325 in the John Anderson building here
Thursday 18th May 2017 Venus: Heavenly Body or a Vision of Hell
Dr Simon Cuthbert, Lecturer in Earth Science, University of the West of Scotland.  This lecture will be held in Lecture Theatre 325 in the John Anderson building here
  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.

Stars Over the Botanics

Our 'Stars Over the Botanics' events are a chance for the public to come along and talk to some astronomers, and get the chance to have a look at some of the wonders in the heavens above. The events are ticketed, and are not free, however they are great value for money. We'll have a number of telescopes available for you to look through, all operated by our Astronomers, so you can be sure there will be something interesting to see. Whether it's the Moon, the Planets, or some deep sky objects, if it's there, we'll find it for you.

On the off chance that the weather is cloudy (or even raining), we have a programme of lectures and talks available, all in the comfort and surroundings of the Botanic Gardens' Kibble Palace. Using planetarium software, we can take you on a tour of the universe, show you the moon in fantastic detail, or show you some of the many phenomenon of the sky and sun like noctilucent clouds, sun dogs and parhelion.

So no matter whether it's clear or cloudy, it's always a good night. The events limited in numbers and entry is paid at the gate on the night. Arrive early to avoid disappointment as the evenings are always well attended, and are limited to the first 40 people to arrive.

The dates for the current session are shown in the ASG Calendar.  Gate opens 7:15 pm for a 7:30 pm start.

Tickets, £4 (adults) & £2 (children).
A full wet weather programme will be available when observing is not possible.


Sun Over the Botanics

Our 'Sun Over the Botanics' events are your chance to see the surface of the sun safely. We bring along some special telescopes which are designed for looking at the sun, and allow you to see Sunspots, granulation and prominences round the circumference of the sun.

We also run telescope workshops at these events, so if you've got a telescope sitting in a cupboard somewhere gathering dust, and you'd like to know how to use it, or just get some help setting it up, then bring it along and one of our experts can talk you through your telescope and give you all the help you could need. We're more than happy to help, and will answer any questions you may have.

The dates for these events are listed below, and are free to attend. Just turn up on the day, and you'll find us next to the Kibble Palace if it's dry, or inside if it's not. (We hope it's dry but we can't control the Glasgow weather!)

The dates for the current session are shown in the ASG Calendar.  The events are held on Sunday afternoons between 1pm and 4pm.

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