The Plymouth Astronomical Society is open to anyone who is interested in astronomy - of any age and from absolute beginner to professional astronomer!
Meetings are normally held on the second Friday of every month from September to July, 7:30pm - 9:30pm. There is no meeting during August.
The theme of each meeting depends on the presentations by society members or by the guest speaker.
Our Patron is Professor David Southwood, CBE who has recently been President of the Royal Astronomical Society. Our previous Patron was Sir Patrick Moore, CBE, HonFRS, FRAS.
We are a member of the Federation of Astronomical Societies.
Clearbrook Car Park - Nearest postcode PL20 6JD (Clearbrook) - Weather forecast for Clearbrook
Jennycliff Car Park - PL9 9SW (Jennycliff Cafe) - Weather forecast for Jennycliff
Lee Moor (near Cadover Bridge) observing site. Take the side road (marked in yellow on the map below) on the left just after Cadover Bridge (if coming from the north - Clearbook/Meavy) or on the right just before Cadover Bridge (if coming from the south - Shaugh Prior/Colebrook/Plympton). Follow it almost to the end and the car park is on the right just before Blackaton Cross on the left. Weather forecast for Lee Moor.
Wembury Beach Car Park - PL9 0HP - Weather forecast for Wembury
Noss Mayo, Warren Car Park - PL8 1HB (postcode for the Netton - Worswell Farm area) - Weather forecast for Warren Car Park
Annual membership costs £15.00 and is due in September. Membership forms are available at Society meetings.
Visitors are very welcome and are asked to pay £2.00 at the door. This will be deducted from your annual membership if you subsequently decide to join the society.
We normally meet in Room 002 on the ground floor of the Rolle Building on the University of Plymouth city centre campus, PL4 8AA. This room also has disabled ramp access.
Parking has historically been available on the campus. However with the University performing multiple construction projects, and increasing the amount of evening events, the reliability has decreased. The UoP also state they are "committed to discouraging the use of private cars, however, it continues to permit very limited car parking on campus for staff and visitors who hold a blue badge". More details from the university here.
Alternative options consist of:
Plymouth City Council offer several options on their parking website.
Options include Regent Street, Mayflower House Court and Mayflower Street (East).
We are advised that parking can sometimes be found on Kirkby Place which is next to the "James Street Vaults" pub.
Observing Sessions are held at various locations but mainly at Wembury Beach. The maps below show the precise locations. These events depend on the weather and are usually arranged at fairly short notice so please see our Home page and our Facebook page for dates/times.
Wembury Beach Car Park