Astronomy in the City
The University of Birmingham Observatory team invite you to attend our programme of free public events, "Astronomy in the City". Journey with us from star gazing all the way to exploring the night sky with our powerful new telescope. Along the way, members of the University's AstroSoc, the Birmingham Astronomical Society (BAS) and the Knowle Astronomical Society will show you how to use their portable telescopes. Tours of our Observatory, including observing with our research telescope will also be offered. Our experts will be on hand to answer your questions throughout the evening, and in a special "Ask the Expert" session. The event starts in the Poynting Building on our Edgbaston campus, within easy reach of local transport links. We can accommodate small groups of upto 8 visitors at a time at our Observatory. We will therefore operate a ballot system on the night, with a likely maximum of 40 people able to visit the Observatory.
March Night Sky
Information about what you can see in the March night sky presented on February 26th is available here.
Due to safety considerations, we are unable to accommodate young children at the Observatory as part of these evening events. Astronomy in the City is therefore aimed at secondary school age and above (Year 7+). Younger children are welcome to attend the talks/observing on campus, but are not allowed to enter the ballot for an Observatory visit. All under-18s must be accompanied by a parent/guardian/teacher.
All visitors are welcome to join members of AstroSoc and BAS to observe with their portable telescopes from Chancellor's Court in the heart of our Edgbaston campus from 7:15pm.
Small groups of visitors will also be able to use AstroSoc's Grubb Telescope on the roof of the Poynting Building, subject to under-18's being accompanied by an adult.
Visiting the Observatory
We can accommodate small groups of upto 8 visitors at a time at our Observatory. We will therefore operate a ballot system on the night. Unfortunately this means that a maximum of 40 people will be able to visit the Observatory.
Put your name in the ballot on arrival at the event, and join a scheduled shuttle service to the Observatory if your name is drawn at 7pm. The journey time to Observatory is approximately 20 minutes, and we expect the last shuttle to return to campus at approximately 10pm.
Disabled access is readily available on campus, however the Grubb and Observatory have limited access.
This is an all ticket event and are available, for free, from Eventbrite. Admission is only available to people with a ticket. If you can't make it, we will be holding our third Astronomy in the City event in late March, so please follow us on our social media or join our mailing list to keep up to date on the latest developments.
We welcome donations, both on the night and via our Alumni Office (look for "Physics Telescope Fund"). All donations will be used to fund further developments at the Observatory.