Photo by E Gibson

Photo by R Hill

Normally, the ASG either hosts or attends a wide range of public events during the year. For example, public lectures at Strathclyde University (above left) and a variety of outreach activities, including talks, solar observing during the summer months (above right), and more general night-time observing during the rest of the year.

Understandably, due to restrictions imposed by the need to follow Government rules and guidelines on containing the Coronavirus, these public meetings, and public gatherings for the 2020/2021 are suspended until further notice.

However, the ASG has decided to continue with the publicly available monthly lectures through the medium of Zoom.  For members of the ASG, the details of these lectures are published in the monthly Newsletter.  For non-members, the details will be published here on the ASG’s website and on its open to all Facebook page, prior to the event.  The Zoom lectures are normally held on the third Thursday of the month with the Zoom room opening at 19:15 for a 19:30 to 21:00 lecture.  Occasionally an additional public lecture is added to the schedule.  A date and time will be published in the members’ Newsletters, the website and public Facebook page, prior to the event.  

Also, the ASG’s Council has decided that in the interests of the Society’s commitment to public outreach, members of the public will be able to attend the normally members only, monthly  “Astronomy for Beginners” classes.  These Zoom sessions are held on the second Thursday of each month in October to March, 19:30 to 21:00.  For non-members, a Zoom joining link will be published on the ASG’s website and its open to all, Facebook page.

Presently the Astrophotography Group will remain open to members only.  If you are interested in astrophotography, from just being curious to being an experienced imager, please click here to become a member.

The Society has its own YouTube channel where lecture that have been recorded from Zoom during the Covid-19 can be viewed.