Welcome to The Bristol Astronomical Society (BAS). 

Based in the South West of the UK, BAS is run by amateur astronomers as a non-profit making educational charity. We are dedicated to exploring and explaining the splendours of the night sky and all aspects of astronomy for our members and the public. We are open to all, from the most knowledgeable to those merely curious.

With over 120 members and weekly meetings, we are one of the most active Societies in the UK, supporting a variety of interests ranging from observing, imaging, sketching and (of course) the armchair.

See our  2017-2018 programme for details of topics and dates of friday evening astronomical talks given by regular and new guest speakers, and society members. The Society has its own observatory and supports regular outreach across the city. Importantly, we enjoy the company of others as we share these interests.

On this website you will find more details about our events, where we meet, how you can join and news on what we get up to. Feel free to browse around the site and if anything looks interesting and you'd like to know more, then visit our Contact us page. You can even email us your astronomy questions and we'll do our best to find you an answer. For those who are interested, we also offer free public viewing at our Failand Observatory on Saturday evenings. Come along (follow the information given on the Observing Tabs) and let us show you the night sky from Bristol.

For more information on the society, check out our FAQ page.

To our Members - keep an eye on our News tab and Observing status. Let  us know if you want more links and pages to keep you fully informed on our society activities.

** Latest ** Astronomy evening at Chew Valley Lake Sailing Club - 20 January. See Society News for details and booking.

** New ** Junior Astronomy Course (yr.5-6, ages 9-11) Starting 23 February. BAS will be running our second Junior Astronomy Course. See Society News for information and booking.

Get involved: Suggest a Talk for our future programme - we'd love to hear from you and it will only take a minute of your time to fill in this form.

Easyfundraising - Remember, if you purchase your online products through our Easyfundraising page, there are now almost 3000 retailers who will contribute a small but significant amount to the Society.

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Welcome to The Bristol Astronomical Society (BAS). 

Based in the South West of the UK, BAS is run by amateur astronomers as a non-profit making educational charity. We are dedicated to exploring and explaining the splendours of the night sky and all aspects of astronomy for our members and the public. We are open to all, from the most knowledgeable to those merely curious.

With over 120 members and weekly meetings, we are one of the most active Societies in the UK, supporting a variety of interests ranging from observing, imaging, sketching and (of course) the armchair.

See our  2017-2018 programme for details of topics and dates of friday evening astronomical talks given by regular and new guest speakers, and society members. The Society has its own observatory and supports regular outreach across the city. Importantly, we enjoy the company of others as we share these interests.

On this website you will find more details about our events, where we meet, how you can join and news on what we get up to. Feel free to browse around the site and if anything looks interesting and you'd like to know more, then visit our Contact us page. You can even email us your astronomy questions and we'll do our best to find you an answer. For those who are interested, we also offer free public viewing at our Failand Observatory on Saturday evenings. Come along (follow the information given on the Observing Tabs) and let us show you the night sky from Bristol.

For more information on the society, check out our FAQ page.

To our Members - keep an eye on our News tab and Observing status. Let  us know if you want more links and pages to keep you fully informed on our society activities.

** Latest ** Astronomy evening at Chew Valley Lake Sailing Club - 20 January. See Society News for details and booking.

** New ** Junior Astronomy Course (yr.5-6, ages 9-11) Starting 23 February. BAS will be running our second Junior Astronomy Course. See Society News for information and booking.

Get involved: Suggest a Talk for our future programme - we'd love to hear from you and it will only take a minute of your time to fill in this form.

Easyfundraising - Remember, if you purchase your online products through our Easyfundraising page, there are now almost 3000 retailers who will contribute a small but significant amount to the Society.

Facebook Follow the Bristol Astronomical Society on  facebook

Saturday PUBLIC VIEWING nights at the Failand observatory

Next Observing Session...

Saturday 13th January

Subject to the weather, we will be running an observing session using the Society's telescopes. With the moon not rising until the early morning, we should be able to see some fantastic deep sky objects, such as galaxies, nebulae and star clusters.

Status...

We're afraid that tonight's session is CANCELLED due to extensive cloud cover and the possibility of rain.

Check here later in the week for notification of the next session.

Star Parties

Next Star Party...

To celebrate Victoria Park’s Urban Dark Sky Site status, BAS will be helping the Victoria Park Action Group (VPAG) to run a Star Party on either 21, 22 or 23 January, pending good weather.

See VPAG Facebook page for details.

Status...

This event is organised by VPAG and will depend on the weather - please check with VPAG for further details and we will aim to put the status here based on the weather report.

Solar Observing for the PUBLIC at Tyntesfield house (National trust)

Next Observing Session...

No scheduled dates. Check here later for spring/summer daytime events.

Status...

 

Miscellaneous Events

Next Event...

Astronomy evening at Chew Valley Lake Sailing Club on Saturday 20th January 2018.  The event is independent of the weather.  If conditions are clear it will start with a short talk on Gravitational Waves followed viewing of the night sky through a number of large telescopes.  If conditions are cloudy the initial talk will be followed by one on Stargazing and a second on Planets Around Other Stars.  The evening will be suitable for anyone with an interest in finding out more about astronomy.  For more details and to apply for tickets go to  http://astronomybythelake.eventbrite.co.uk

Status ....

Sold out.  Ticket holders should arrive from 6.30 p.m. for a 7.00 p.m. start.