Welcome to Birmingham Astronomical Society (UK)

Registered CIO Number 1192429

Club events are restricted due to Covid-19. 

Online lectures and activities like our Quiz Night are happening - Members, please check your emails. Visitors get in touch and we can send details. 



promoting astronomy since 1950...


We also have our own club room at the University (map) which is open for astronomical discussion (and a cup of tea and a biscuit!). For security reasons access to the club room needs to be by prior arrangement, please get in touch if you want to come along. Although we are based at Aston University, we are NOT part of the academic faculty. We are amateur astronomers, and we use a room at the university as a base. (please note that the clubroom is NOT room 554).



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28-06-2022Stellar Explosions Outside Our Galaxys Deanne Coppejans
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Stellar Explosions Outside Our Galaxys Deanne Coppejans


Stars do not live forever. The most massive stars burn their fuel in
a few million years and explode as violent supernovae. These
supernovae are so bright and energetic that they can outshine all
the stars in their host galaxy. Astronomers find supernovae by
comparing images of the night sky taken at different times and
searching for bright new points of light in distant galaxies. By
taking observations across the electromagnetic spectrum, we can
then learn about the explosion and blast wave physics of
supernovae, and about what they leave behind. Recently, high-
cadence astronomical surveys have revealed a new type of
extreme, fast supernova. These systems can launch blast waves
that travel at a large fraction of the speed of light. Intriguingly,
they might also provide a way for us to see down to their cores - to
the newly formed black hole or neutron star. I will talk about these
new fast supernovae, what we are learning from them, and how we
are searching for more.

26-07-2022Two eyes are better than one Steve Tonkin FRAS
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How to Join


New members are always welcome.

Regular Membership is £15 per year


Membership fees are annual and membership is restricted to persons aged 18 years and over.


Here are 9 great reasons to join us and we look forward to meeting you!

We look forward to meeting you!


Finding Us

Birmingham Astronomical Society is based at Aston University in Birmingham.
If the main entrance is closed please use the side entrance in Potter Street (see below).


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Telescopes

Buying a telescope
Buying a telescope
Club Telescopes
Club Telescopes
Observatory
Observatory
I-Telescope
I-Telescope
Observing Projects
Observing Projects
Taking images DSLR or CCD
Taking images DSLR or CCD


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Public Outreach

Bringing astronomy to a wider public audience has always been a central activity for Birmingham Astronomical Society. We usually hold 2 star-parties each year at Lickey Hills Visitor Centre as part of British National Science Week and World Space Week. The public is encouraged to come along to these events and see the night sky as they may never have seen it before.

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Mirror grinding

Over the years, Birmingham Astronomical Society has helped amateur astronomers grind, polish and aluminise over a hundred mirrors. We can offer advice on mirror and telescope making.

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Library

We have over a thousand books covering all aspects of both practical and theoretical astronomy. Thanks to Derek and Ann Ford for all their hard work!
For member there is an on line database of Library Books and Magazines for searching and booking out.

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Weather Sites

SAT24 - www.sat24.com
Meteox - www.meteox.com
XCweather - www.xcweather.co.uk
Latitude and Longitude Finder - www.satsig.net

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Light Pollution Maps

Maps overlay with Light Pollution Scales making it easy to find dark areas for better viewing and images.

www.lightpollutionmap.info

Art Group

We have Thursday evening meeting in the club room. Painting, Drawing & teaching.

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Complementary Group

This is a mix of Radio, Meteor & Magnet Astrnomy.

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Imaging Group

Thursday Evening (weather and dark night pending). We observe objects and image in the winter nights.

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