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Popular Astronomy Magazine - January-February 2018
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Joining the SPA (or renewing an existing membership)

It's so easy to join the Society for Popular Astronomy. It will help your interest in the stars, and you will be welcomed to a community of people who all share an interest in observing or learning about the universe.


Don't just take our word for it. We've got the support of top TV scientist Professor Brian Cox, presenter of the BBC's Stargazing Live. Watch the video, below, to hear why Brian recommends you join!

All you have to do to join now is to decide on the type of membership which you need, then click on the button at the bottom of this page to enrol or renew using our secure joining form. Choose from standard membership (£22 a year), Young Stargazer (for those aged up to 15) or Junior Member (ages 15 to 17). Both Young Stargazers and Junior Members enjoy the full benefits of membership for just £16 a year. The same rate applies to school memberships.

You can join the SPA for up to two years at a time in any category. For those joining in Europe or the rest of the world there are separate subscription rates which reflect the higher costs of postage. We have a flexible range of options for payment, including credit and debit cards using PayPal, which gives you immediate membership even if you don't have a PayPal account. So please click on the button below to join now online. Alternatively you can fill in a form and join by post. 

You can save £2 on your annual subscription if you pay by Direct Debit and are in the UK. This applies to standard membership, Young Stargazers and Junior Members only.   To set this up, please print out and fill in this form (PDF)and send it to us. Direct Debit subscriptions are for one year only.

Gift subscriptions
You can give someone a gift of an SPA subscription for whatever membership type you wish – Adult, Young Stargazer or Junior Member, for one or two years. When filling in the membership form, simply state the recipient's postal address, but give your own email address, and tick the box at the bottom requesting a Gift Subscription. We will email you, using the email address on the form, asking for any special requirements regarding the date of the arrival of the Welcome Pack and first issue of Popular Astronomy. Please allow 28 days before the gift subscription is due to start.

Additional members at the same address
You can enrol another member living at your address for just an extra £5 per year. This entitles them to all membership benefits, but only one copy of Popular Astronomy will be sent to the address.

So join now and take your interest in astronomy to a whole new level. We look forward to welcoming you as a member of Britain's brightest astronomical society!

Brian Cox says

"The universe is full of wonderful sights, from the Moon and planets to glowing gas clouds and distant galaxies. You can see them for yourselves - but it is great to have a guide to help show you the way around.

"The Society for Popular Astronomy has been a major force helping beginners of all ages to get into stargazing for more than 60 years. Join in the fun and let them help you too!"

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Popular Astronomy Magazine - January-February 2018

January-February 2018


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Fri, 05 Jan 2018   - Early morning spectacular

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