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What’s that bright star?

Seen a very bright star low down in the south-west just after sunset recently? A bright star at Christmastime! What could it be? It’s Venus, but at this time of year it makes us think of the stories of the Star of Bethlehem. So could the appearance of such a star have once persuaded three wise men to trek across the desert…?

Why you should join the SPA . . . and Vicky’s latest live video!

Catch up with Vicky Video’s latest edition of our weekly Pop Astro Live!

Covid-19 and the SPA

SPA meetings, and our Pop Astro Live shows, are being held online until further notice. Please check the meetings page for latest status of all events.

Choosing a telescope

If you’re interested in astronomy, it stands to reason that you need a telescope, and the bigger the better. But for most of us, there’s a lot of research to…

How to start stargazing

Learning the sky might seem tricky at first. There are so many stars, and unlike visiting a new town or city, the stars keep on moving around! But don’t give up! With…

Meetings and Events

The SPA usually holds regular Saturday meetings every three months in London, though these are currently being broadcast online instead due to the coronavirus.