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Manchester Astronomical Society
Established 1903

This is the website of the Manchester Astronomical Society. To find out more about the Society, see the About Us page. If you are interested in astronomy/visiting the Society, see the Meetings page to find out what's on and the Visit Us page for directions to the Godlee. Groups requiring a tour of the Godlee should Contact Us first to arrange visits.
(Note: there is NO wheelchair access to any part of the observatory, nor is there any public access to the balcony around the Godlee dome; plus there is a H&S restriction of a minimum of 11 years of age for using the spiral staircase up to the observatory dome/telescopes)
Everyone is welcome to attend our public lectures, held from October to March at Manchester Metropolitan University, John Dalton Building, Oxford Road. (COVID-19: Lectures are being held via ZOOM) See the Lectures page for details.
The society also has an active Facebook group, which everyone is welcome to join.
If you are interested in joining the Society please go to the Join page.

Weekly Meetings

The society holds meetings every Thursday evening in the Godlee Observatory (except Public Lecture nights and at Christmas & New Year, when the Godlee will be closed). See the Meetings page for more information.

During the Coronavirus pandemic, our meetings are suspended - but you can see what's in the night sky for the next month by visiting our JOURNAL page and watching the "SkyNotes" video. Members of the Society are able to participate in online ZOOM video-conference meetings each Thursday. They will receive e-mail details of the link to join-in the 'virtual' meeting.

Image © Graham Hodson
Godlee Audience
Weekly meeting audience in the Godlee
Godlee Observatory
The Godlee Observatory on the roof of the Sackville Building, University of Manchester
Image © Michael Oates

 Manastro Journal for August available HERE

 Home Observatory Restoration Project

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 The Bevis Atlas


For details about the discovery of the Bevis Atlas at the Godlee Observatory visit the Bevis page

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the MAS has suspended all physical meetings.
UPDATE 02/11/2020: The University of Manchester has placed all the buildings into lock-down. Only essential U-o-M staff have access; therefore, the question of when the Godlee re-opens and meetings recommence is in the hands of the U-o-M, not the MAS.

We are currently using ZOOM for video-conferenced meetings each Thursday at 7.30pm - MAS Members will receive e-mails giving log-in details.

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