Astronomy in Scotland

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Scottish Astronomical Societies

Caithness Astronomy Group – their location in the far north of Scotland affords easy access to expansive dark skies and is one of the best places in the UK mainland to see nature’s great light show – the aurora borealis.

The Astronomical Society of Edinburgh – advancing the education of the public about the science of astronomy and promoting astronomical research chiefly in Edinburgh and its neighbourhood.

Association of Falkirk Astronomers – an active society with approx 30 members.

Astronomical Society of Glasgow – the largest Astronomical Society in Scotland.

Highlands Astronomical Society (HAS) – where amateur astronomers and others with an interest in astronomy share their passion for the stars, planets and all other wonders of the Universe.

SIGMA – Moray’s Astronomy Club

Renfrewshire Astronomical Society – a friendly group with a common interest in all aspects of amateur astronomy

Astronomy at Scottish Universities

Observatories in Scotland

The Scottish Dark Sky Observatory – Loch Doon, Dalmellington, Ayrshire KA6 7PZ

This publicly accessible educational observatory has some of the darkest skies in the UK and has two large telescopes through which to observe the night sky.

Galloway Astronomy Centre – Located approx 20 miles south of the Internationally recognised Gold Award Dark Sky Park at the Galloway Forest.

Mills Observatory – Dundee – Britain’s first purpose-built public observatory enjoys a magnificent woodland setting on the summit of Balgay Hill.

The Royal Observatory, Edinburgh – unique among UK scientific establishments in that it houses on a single site a university astronomy research group, an establishment of a UK Research Council and a Visitor Centre.

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