Astronomy Evenings are the perfect event for those interested in finding out more about Astronomy and the history of the Royal Observatory Edinburgh. Each session lasts 1 and a half hours and sessions begin at 7:30pm
During the Summer months, here in Scotland we have far fewer hours of darkness at night, and as such, observing the stars is not possible at our events. However, if the Moon is visible, we will observe it with our telescopes and occassionally we are able to observe the Sun with our Solar Scope. At each event, you will also receive information about what can be seen later on that evening, and key astronomical objects or events to look out for over summer.
We are unable to observe when it is cloudy, raining or particularly windy (the vibrations from the wind make it difficult to focus on objects). In the event of such bad weather, alternative activities will be arranged.
At each event, you will also have a tour of our historic Victorian telescope dome, which still houses one of the largest telescopes in Scotland. Here you will also hear about what happens at the Observatory today. Also included in every event is a meteorite handling session - a chance to hold a rock from space! The events are designed to be suitable for all ages, with the earlier session timed for those with younger children.
Please aim to arrive just before the start time to allow the sessions to begin promptly and remember to dress for the weather as it can often be cold in our telescope dome and rooftop viewing areas on clear nights. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.