Astronomy in the City
Please note that due to restricted space, only a limited number of visitors are able to visit the Observatory at each event.
Our next event and 2015 calendar is to be announced soon. Please join our mailing list for news of future events.
The programme for our last event held on December 3rd 2014 is below.
Astronomy in the City is aimed at secondary
school age and above (Year 7+). Younger children are welcome
to attend the talks/observing on campus, but for safety reasons are not allowed
to visit the Observatory.
Observing on Campus
All visitors are invited 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
Due to safety considerations, children must be in Year 7 or higher to attend the Observatory tours. All under-18s must be accompanied by an adult.
We can accommodate small groups of upto 8 visitors at a time at our Observatory, and can run 4 trips per evening. Unfortunately this means that a maximum of 32 people will be able to visit the Observatory. Visitors can enter a ballot on arrival at the event, and those drawn will be allocated a place on a scheduled shuttle service. Each trip will be approximately 1.5 hours, with the last shuttle to returning to campus at approximately 10pm.
Where to Find Us
Disabled access is readily available on campus, however the Grubb and Observatory have limited access.
Admission is only available with a ticket - coming soon!
December Night Sky
Information about what you can see in the December night sky, as presented at our previous event on December 3rd 2014, is available here.
Astronomy in the City is brought to you in partnership with the University of Birmingham Astronomical Society, the Birmingham Astronomical Society, the Knowle Astronomical Society, Solihull School and Circles of Influence.