Coronavirus and the SPA
SPA meetings and events are cancelled until further notice. Please check this website before setting out for any future meeting.


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Meetings and Events

The SPA holds regular Saturday meetings every three months in London.

Our observing sections

Whatever your interests, we’ve a section to suit you. Get expert advice and send in your own observations.

Weekend course

Our weekend courses

Courses deferred until 2021

The night sky in April 2020

Here is a map of the sky as it will appear from the latitude of London (51° 50′) in mid April, 2020, at 22h UT (GMT).

How to get started in 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!

Choosing a telescope

If you’re interested in astronomy, it stands to reason that you need a telescope, and the bigger the better.