The Society was founded in 1892 as the North-Western Branch of the British Astronomical Association. We became independent in 1903 and are one of the oldest astronomical societies in the country. We aim to encourage the study of astronomy for both the newcomer and the seasoned observer alike. We have been custodians of the Godlee Observatory since 1946, thanks to the generosity of firstly the College of Technology, later UMIST and finally, the University of Manchester.
Godlee Observatory following refurbishment
We meet every Thursday at the Godlee Observatory (except when a public lecture is taking place and during Christmas/New Year week), when slide shows, digital image shows, informal talks and occasional 'workshops' take place. Of course the telescopes are also used, weather permitting.
On the third Thursday of the month, from October to March, a FREE public lecture is held at a venue in the centre of Manchester - currently, this is the John Dalton Building, Manchester Metropolitan University, Oxford Road - commencing at 19:30. Non-members are most welcome. The prestigious Kopal Lecture is given annually by an academic from The University of Manchester in honour of an old friend, the late Emeritus Professor Zdenek Kopal, Manchester's first Professor of Astronomy.
Full details of all our meetings can be found here. To keep members informed on the activities of the Society 'Current Notes' is published occasionally.
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