Next Society Meeting:

9th February 2018
Smith Museum Lecture Theatre 7.30

Speaker Dr Nick Rowell

Title - The Gaia Mission: Unravelling the composition, formation and evolution of our galaxy

Nick completed a PhD in Astrophysics in Edinburgh in 2010, using white dwarf stars to measure the age and structure of the Milky Way. He spent 4 years at Dundee University designing navigation systems for European Space Agency missions. In 2014 he joined the Royal Observatory of Edinburgh to work on the calibration of the optics of the Gaia space telescope. He has research interests in white dwarf stars and the solar neighbourhood, as well as meteor triangulation, vision based navigation and image processing. Nick is a member of the Data Processing and Analysis Consortium for the Gaia mission.

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Stirling Astronomical Society (SAS) is open to anyone aged 11 years or over and who has an interest in astronomy. At the SAS we welcome total beginners, experienced observers, or those with an interest in a particular topic, such as variable stars, comets, aurora or meteors.

Regular Lectures

The Society meets from September to May during the year. Lectures are held generally on the second Friday in each month during that period, beginning at 7.30 p.m. The venue is the lecture room of the Smith Museum and Art Gallery, Dumbarton Road, Stirling.

Meetings are free and anyone with an interest in astronomy is welcome to attend, whether a Member of the Society or not. Lecturers come from a wide range of backgrounds, all with specialist knowledge in their chosen subject. There is also the opportunity to chat with members informally over tea and coffee.


Evening Classes

The Society regularly runs a series of Evening Classes in Stirling. These are open to anyone over 11 years old with an interest in Astronomy and topics vary in each course, covering all the basic information to develop a good understanding of modern astronomy. Classes run once a month on Thursday evenings at the Stirling Highland Hotel (click here for map), Spittal Street, 7:00 to 9:00pm.

The current evening classes will start in October and run to March, on 1st Thursday of the month in the Highland Hotel, £5.00 per meeting, (members of SAS have a £10.00 discount. If you would like to take part or learn more about the classes, please Contact Us



In recent years the Society has received two awards from the National Lottery under the Awards for All scheme. The funds have been used to acquire a wide range of observing and teaching equipment to encourage interest in Astronomy in the Stirling area. Also, the Society has the use of a 12.5 inch reflecting telescope, built in 1889 and located on the roof of the Stirling Highland Hotel.

Members also hold informal meetings on the last Friday of each month to discuss recent developments and observations.


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