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Members Only Re-Opening!

With the recent slackening of Covid restrictions we can once again reopen the doors to members at the Observatory as of tomorrow evening Wednesday 21st July from 7pm ( “Hoorah!” I hear you cry!)
This will be for MEMBERS ONLY for the time being and restrictions will still be in place, these will be as follows –
1. Members who have received their 2nd Vaccination only will be allowed to attend. ( not including members under the age of 18 )
2. Masks MUST be worn within the Observatory premises and numbers will be restricted inside the building.
3. Hands MUST be sanitised on entry and exit of the Observatory premises. Sanitising stations will be provided
4. All Observatory equipment MUST only be handled by Active Observers and eyepieces and focusers must be sanitised between use of anyone else observing.
Unfortunately the main 47cm Newtonian telescope is still undergoing its GoTo upgrade and is out of action for the time being, but as you know we do have other equipment we can use and members are also welcome to bring their own equipment and set up on the field.
As you all know membership has been free this year due to the closing of the Observatory and this will continue until our next AGM in September. ( Thanks to all those of you who continued to pay.)
All we ask is that we all put our usual £1 in the pot on any nights that we meet to contribute to the electricity and a small donation for the tea and coffee and biscuits provided 🙂
We look forward to welcoming you all back once again and hopefully we may have some clear skies for our first meeting back!!
Clear skies,
Gary Yule,

Multi-Messenger Astronomy with Dr. Tana Joseph

Online Event

Salford Astronomical Society presents an evening with Dr. Tana Joseph as she discusses ‘Multi-Messenger Astronomy’.

Proceeds from ticket sales goes towards running community observatory and STEM outreach work.

The talk will start at 7.30pm via Zoom. A link will be emailed to you before the event and it is advised you join the call between 7.15-7.25pm.

Dr. Tana Joseph is a South African X-ray astronomer. She completed her PhD on X-ray bright binary stars at the University of Southampton in 2013. Now she is exploring the radio side of astronomical objects working as a Newton International Fellow in the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics at the University of Manchester. Her current project is to search for X-ray binary stars in two nearby galaxies, called the Magellanic Clouds, using the MeerKAT radio telescope in South Africa.

Tickets for this event are priced at £2 (with a £1 booking fee). They can be purchased at the link below:

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Hitchiker's Guide to black holes

Dr. Rene Breton will be providing a talk on the wonders of black holes… This one is not to be missed! Bookings for this free event can be made here: EventBrite

Annual General meeting

The committee have called an AGM to update everyone on the status of the society; and with some proposed changes. This will take place on the 24th February – links will be sent out and this post will be updated for anyone who doesn’t receive it

Annual Christmas Lecture

Unfortunately Dr Allan Champan can’t be with us this year to deliver what would have been his 51st talk to the Society, due to the current Covid situation.

In light of this, we will be showing a pre recorded video of his RAS Bicentenary talk:

The RAS and the Origins of the British Learned Society 200 years on

Allan has sent a Christmas message to you all, to read on the evening.

Join us on Wednesday evening from 7:30pm.

We will be airing Allan’s talk for the first hour with a short break in the middle.

Then discussing the man himself and then a there will be a astronomy based quiz afterwards.

Please feel free to dress up from the neck up in a Christmas/Space theme; There will be prize for the best dressed!!

We are looking forward to seeing you all there!

Click here to access the zoom meeting

Meeting ID: 996 6761 8896

Passcode: 032498

National Astronomy Week!

14th November marks the start of “National Astronomy Week” this year, which is something we can all get excited about in the current climate; Don’t you think?!

There’s a whole week of fascinating Mars-themed talks, from “Life On Mars” to “Martian Career Day” We’re sure there will be something to peak everyone’s interest! For more info, visit or click the image in the attachments section  below, which contains the schedule and link to register for each of the scheduled activities

If that wasn’t exciting enough, on November 21st we have also the Northwest Astronomy Festival – A night dedicated to the Stars, Planets and The Universe – with talks from some special guests, quizzes and Q&A sessions, and much more! for more info, click the link in the attachment section below!