When was the society founded?
Newcastle upon Tyne Astronomical Society was founded in 1904 and is a registered charity.
Is there a bias towards practical or theoretical astronomy?
The society is, primarily, a learned society with a number of members engaged in astronomical research at the local Universities. Many of the ordinary members of the society are active in both the practical and theoretical aspects of astronomy and the aim of the society is to provide lectures and activities that will appeal to everyone, no matter their background.
What do I have to know about astronomy to join the Society?
Absolutely nothing - you don't even need to own a telescope. All you need is enthusiasm to learn about the subject and a desire to share this interest with other like minded people. Some of the lectures are of a highly specialised nature and so require some knowledge of the subject to gain maximum benefit. However, we always encourage our speakers to target their lectures at a lay audience.
Where are the meetings held?
Nearly all of our meetings are held in Croft House, which is the Red Cross Building off Western Avenue near the West Road in Newcastle. The easiest way to locate Western Avenue is to find the entrace to Newcastle General Hospital and then go down Grainger Park Road. Western Avenue is about 100 meters on the right. Meetings are normally held monthly on Thursday nights and start at 1900 hours.
A map of the area can be found on the Find Us page.
When are meetings held?
Meetings are usually held on the third Thursday of every month although, occasionally, external meetings are held in other venues. Details of all meetings and lectures are available from the front page under the Meetings link. Additional meetings and Star Parties are usually announced on the facebook group NewcastleAstro and Twitter NewcastleAstro account.