North Essex Astronomical Society
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North Essex Astronomical Society
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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Our regular events fall into three groups – our monthly public lectures, our star gazing (solar in the summer) events at Great Notley Country Park and Abberton Reservoir and members-only events. We also run occasional online Live Astronomy events.

All our events are listed on our calendar. Links to events at individual locations can be found by following the above links.


Date Time Event
8:00pm - 11:30pm
Christmas Party and Club Night at The Observatory (Members Only)
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Star Gazing at Great Notley Star Gazing at Great Notley
6:30pm - 9:30pm
Star Gazing at Abberton Reservoir Abberton Reservoir Milky Way
7:00pm - 11:00pm
Christmas Meal 2018
8:00pm - 11:30pm
Club Night at The Observatory (Members Only) neas thursday meetings
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The Perfect Christmas Present

Looking for the perfect Christmas present for the astronomer in your family?

Why not give them membership to North Essex Astronomical Society?

Membership is just £25 for an indivudial or £35 for a family. We even do a junior membership at £10

Membership entitles you to:

  • access to and full use of our observatory dark site and telescopes
  • our monthly Pulsar e-magazine and other email updates about activities and events
  • reduced door charge for public meetings
  • observing sessions and workshops
  • helping out at our many public and private outreach events
  • members-only events, meetings, activities, informal trips to the pub and organised meals and curry nights
  • affiliate membership of the Society for the History of Astronomy

It’s easy to join too. You can do it all online and pay via Paypal or BACs.

Do it now and cross one thing off your to-do list.

And if you want to drop a subtle hint to someone in your family that this would be a good present, why not send them a link to this page or even print the page and put it on the fridge!


CANCELLED – Stargazing at Great Notley Country Park (24th November 2018)

Tonight’s stargazing event (24th November) at Great Notley Country Park is cancelled due to the poor weather forecast. Sorry for any disappointment, and we hope to see you at the next one in December.

CANCELLED – 5 Parishes Show – Solar Gazing (17th March 2018)

Sadly the 5 Parishes Show which we were due to attend has been cancelled due to the high risk of fire and hard / cracked ground. We’ll see you all there next year.

It is with regret that the 5 Parishes Show Committee has decided to cancel the planned 2018 show, which would have been our 86th. This is due to the extreme weather, the risk of fire, the exceptionally hard and cracked ground and risks to our many animal performers, our loyal workers and visitors. When we realised that we could not offer a safe and worthwhile show this year our priority became to manage the cancellation process efficiently and to communicate the news to contributors and as many potential visitors as possible. We plan to put on a wonderful Show next year and look forward to seeing you all on Sunday August 4th 2019.

Solar Gazing at Great Notley (26th May 2018)

Today’s FREE solar gazing event at Great Notley Country Park is going ahead between 12:00 and 3:oopm.  Please see our events page for more information.

Talk at Henry Dixon Hall Cancelled (16th May 2018)

We are deeply sorry to have to cancel May’s talk at The Henry Dixon hall by Mike Barrett.
Sadly Mike has been taken unwell and is unable to attend.

We wish him a speedy recovery and look forward to hearing his Space X talk later in the year.

CANCELLED – Stargazing at Great Notley (17th March 2018)

Tonight’s FREE stargazing event at Great Notley Country Park is cancelled due to the snow.  Our next event is at Abberton Reservoir on 24th March (Booking Essential).  Please see our events page for more information.

Stargazing at Great Notley (24th February 2018)

Tonight’s FREE stargazing event at Great Notley Country Park will be going ahead as planned (Feb 24th).The weather is looking good, but temperatures will be close to zero and breezy so please wrap up warmly! See you there from 6:00PM. Please note that normal car parking fees apply.  More information is available here.

Wendy Clark – Cometwatch on Astronomy.FM

Listen to NEAS member and newly elected Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society Wendy Clark in this January edition of the podcast:

Cometwatch 2018/01/28 with Wendy Clark

Stargazing at Great Notley Cancelled (20th January 2018)

Unfortunately, tonight’s stargazing event at Great Notley Country Park is cancelled (Jan 20th) due to rain being forecast all day with a risk of it continuing this evening. We’re sorry for any disappointment, but we hope to see you at our next events (Abberton Reservoir on Sat 27th Jan, Abberton Reservoir on Sat 17th Feb and Great Notley on Sat 24th Feb).

Live Astronomy – 8th January 2018 – Galaxies

In this Live Astronomy event we take a look at a number of nearby (and not so nearby) galaxies. We show you live views of galaxies from right here in Essex, as well as discussing facts and physics about them. You can find out more about our Live Astronomy events on our Live Astronomy Information page or check the Event Calendar for the date and time of the next Live Astronomy event.

Important: The sound on this video is muted by default – move your mouse over the video and use the volume control that appears at the bottom right to turn up the volume. We also recommend using the fullscreen button to enlarge the video stream.

Live Astronomy Event.

Posted by North Essex Astronomical Society


Archives of all previous events are also available via our Live Astronomy Archives page. Recordings are also available on our YouTube Channel.

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