Aberdeen Astronomical Society

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September Meeting at RGC, Aberdeen
(Directions to RGC)

Wednesday 11th Sept, 7pm 
(Note. this is on a different day to normal)

"To the Moon and Back"
by Prof. Martin Hendry from Glasgow University

Join us for this fascinating talk celebrating this year’s fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, as well as the formation of AAS. Join University of Glasgow astronomer Martin Hendry on a voyage of discovery as he explores the science and technology behind Neil Armstrong’s giant leap for humankind. And if you’ve ever wondered about the (surprisingly persistent) claims that the Moon landings were faked, prepare for some debunking fun as Martin casts a critical eye over the most popular conspiracy theories – before looking ahead to the exciting future for human space exploration.

>> 2019 Meetings & Events


Dark Sky Observing
Knockburn Loch
Look out for notices from Neal Weston
AAS Members Only 


Bettridge Centre Meetings
4th Tuesday each Month (except Dec.)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill 
(directions to Bettridge Centre

Meeting Dates at Bettridge : 
Tuesday 24th September (2019)
Tuesday 22nd October  (2019)
Tuesday 26th November  (2019)

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Photo of Aberdeen Astronomical Society members at the society's Deep Sky Site, 13th October 2015 

Click on Picture for larger view (including sky & stars)


Requesting a talk from AAS or obtaining guidance about setting up and using your  astronomical equipment

One of our aims at AAS is to help people understand astronomy. This might be through talks to local clubs and societies, talks to schools, or help with astronomy badges to scout and guide groups. Talks can be at any level; routinely we help local groups understand the night sky and what they can see, as well as helping individuals or groups to set up and get the best use out of astronomy equipment.
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Welcome to the website of Aberdeen Astronomical Society (AAS).   

AAS is an organisation for astronomy enthusiasts that meet on a regular basis for astronomical observing, talks by guest speakers and visits to observatories and planetaria (AAS Flyer, pdf). AAS has members of all ages and experience levels. 

Meetings from Sept 2014 onwards will normally be held at RGC (Robert Gordon's College), SchoolHill Aberdeen and at the Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill. (Previously the society held meeting at the historic Cromwell Tower Observatory (CTO) in Old Aberdeen)    (more >)   
New members are very welcome!
Within these pages you can find out what events AAS has coming up, details of where and when we meet and how to join us. 
AAS may be contacted by email at    

 Follow AAS on twitter.com/AberdeenAstro 

Feel free to come along to one of our meetings  to find out more about AAS.  AAS members are happy to give advice on telescope purchase and any other astronomical queries (AAS Meetings).  

Come along to one of our Bettridge Centre meetings if you'd like to try out a few telescopes or learn your way around the night sky.

We look forward to meeting you!
 AAS is grateful to Forest Enterprise for access to a dark sky site in the Midmar area.  In the future, we may wish to build an observatory somewhere as well.  AAS members wanting to get involved in this project should join the aberdeenastro Yahoo! Group specially set up for the purpose.  The Yahoo! site also contains an active message board for members, giving details of impromptu observing sessions and astronomical chat.


Current Geomagnetic Activity
SAMNET's magnetometer at Crooktree, Near Torphins (Chart Explanation)
more >> Night Sky /Aurorae Section



Society News & Observing Reports

More pictures on Gallery and News pages

 more >> AAS News


"Stars from the NE
Astronomers from North East Scotland

An article about NE Astronomers 
from a talk given to the 
Robert Cormack Bequest Astronomical Meeting 
in Aberdeen,  31st March 2003,  by Dr John S. Reid,

History of the Telescope - Part 1
History of the Telescope - Part 2 
Article based on a talk given to the AAS 
(and the Moray Astronomical Society) by Dr John Reid, 2009

Histelesc.pdf  Historic Telescopes 
at the University of Aberdeen
(Some notes by Dr John S. Reid, Jan 2006 )

What can you see from Aberdeen tonight?  Is an aurora display likely?  Will the International Space Station be visible?  Find out in the Aberdeen's Night Sky section.  This section includes an interactive star chart for Aberdeen.  This website also has a Sky Notes page with details of forthcoming astronomical events visible from Aberdeen.

AAS organises regular public observing sessions.  See our AAS Events page for details.




All photographs on this website are the copyright of AAS members.  Please contact AAS before using them.