Newbury Astronomical Society

Interested in astronomy and looking for meetings and events in the Newbury area?


The next main meeting of the 2023-2024 session is the December Meeting, to be held on Friday the 1st of December 2023 starting at 7:30pm. The topic is: Galaxies in the Early Universe: Results from JWST - Dr Alex Cameron (Oxford)

The talk this month is at the usual location of The Fair Close Centre, Newtown Road, Newbury: RG14 7BH. (click here for a map and further details of the session's meetings).

The next beginners meeting of the 2023-2024 session is the December Meeting, to be held on Wednesday the 20th of December 2023 starting at 7:00pm. The topics are the coming Winter Solstice (due on Friday 22nd) and Star Clusters

The meeting is at the usual location of Stockcross Village Hall (Sutton Hall): RG20 8LN. (click here for a map and further details of the session's meetings).

If you wish to be a member of the society for this season and haven't completed your membership form yet, please complete a copy and bring it with you to the meeting.

We also offer an ICS Calendar file of all the meetings (main & beginners) of the session to add to your phone or email client:

Observing Event - 5th - 7th December

HOT OFF THE PRESS - Newbury Astro will be putting on another observing event from the roof of the Kennet Centre car park in Newbury next week, run once again in concert with Newbury BID. This time the moon will not be a focus, rising as it will be in the wee hours of the morning, but this could be a great chance to bring views of Jupiter, Saturn, the Andromeda Galaxy and more to the public. The weather is looking iffy at the moment, but the plan is to hold the event on the first clear night from Tuesday 5th to Thursday 7th December, and like last time the event will be open to the general public from 6.30pm. We will post updates as plans crystallise and Visit Newbury will also have details on their website from Thursday 30th; in the meantime the joint Newbury BID/NAS event Facebook post is here:

Newbury Astro Christmas Meal - last call!

November is here, you can't find anything in shops any more due to all the Christmas gifts clogging up shelf space, and time is now running out to register for the NAS Christmas meal. This year, it's taking place on Friday 15th December at the Newbury & Crookham Golf Club. Kath tells us it's a lovely venue, and what better excuse can you have for an evening of food, drink and vaguely astronomically related chat? If you're interested, time is running out to sign up, so please let Kath Nurse know at the email address 

January Members Meeting - Call for speakers

The January NAS main meeting, falling on Friday 5th January, is our annual Members meeting. Unlike the other main meetings, there is no invited speaker as this meeting is given over to the membership at large, so if you are a member please consider spending a few minutes talking about something astronomy-related you think would be interesting. That could be a visit to an observatory, a great book you’ve read, a new telescope you’ve been given, an observation you’re really pleased about, some interesting recent news about astronomy or spaceflight, or something else entirely. Don’t worry if you’ve never given a talk to the society before, or you think your knowledge level might not be good enough – we’re all here because we love this stuff. If you’re game and willing to have a go, please do let us know at and our meeting organiser Chris will get in touch. 

What's Up?

The December "What's Up" with the latest update on what to see in the skies this month is now available at the link below.....

8.5 Day old moon

8.5 Day old moon

Steve Knight