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West Yorkshire Astronomical Society


Updated 04/08/2022

Fridaty 12th August 2022 - Picnic and Perseid Night

We are holding a 'Picnic and Perseid' night, which will start around 10:00pm until after midnight, so come and join us at the observatory and see how many meteor's we can count. We ask that you bring your own picnic, but hot and cold drinks will be available at our Tuck Shop. If possible bring along a garden chair (recliner would be better) a warm blanket , and lots of enthusiasm. We do have a few chairs at the observatory if bringing your own is not possible.
If it is heavy cloud and or raining , then the meteor watch will be cancelled.
Our normal open evening will be taking place with our doors opening from 7:30pm , the cost is £7 per adult or £10 per family, all under 16's are free when accompanied by parent/ guardian. Visitors arriving at 10:00pm for the meteor shower, this is free admittance, but we do have a donation box in the foyer if you would like to make a donation. All donations are much appreciated, no matter how small, it all helps with our running costs and to help provide the society with equipment.
Monday 1st August 2022 - Yorkshire Day in Pontefract Valley Gardens

On Monday 1st August, we will have a stall at Yorkshire Day in the Valley Gardens.  The Event is free and opens from 11AM.  Come along to say hello and safely look at the sun through one of our scopes (weather permitting)



 Young Astronomers

There is no Young Astronomers event scheduled for August but it will return in September.



 Our opening details for August 2022

Monday 1st - Yorkshire Day in Friarwood Valley Gardens, Pontefract

Tuesday 2nd - Open Night (1st Tuesday)

Friday 5th - Members Only Night

Tuesday 9th - Members Only Night

Friday 12th - Open Night (2nd Friday)

Friday 12th - Picnic and Perseids Night from 22:00

Tuesday 16th - Members Only Night

Friday 19th - Open Night (3rd Friday)

Tuesday 23rd - Members Only Night

Friday 26th - Members Only Night

Tuesday 30th - Members Only Night


Fees and Membership details can be found HERE.



Events & News

Next Open Evening
Tuesday 7th June
Friday 10th June
Open from 19:30

Young Astronomers Evening
Friday 24th June (18:30 - 20:30)
Booking is required.

Sunday Fun Day
Sunday 26th June (details TBC)


 STELLARIUM - Probably the best free planetarium program around! 




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Just click this link to see more.




Thanks to Eric Wiley for the donation to the

StarGazing Live raffle.


Fancy building a telescope from scratch?

Or how about a cardboard steam engine!

Have a go at a cardboard newtonian.





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