Join the SPA (or renew your subscription)

We welcome all new members, regardless of your level of experience.  It will help your interest in the stars, and you will be part of 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. Watch the video below to hear why Brian recommends you join our club!


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!
Professor Brian Cox

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Join the SPA now and take part in group observations like this one

Membership Options

 You can join the Society for Popular Astronomy today by clicking on the red ‘join’ button below. You can join the SPA for up to two years at a time in any membership category.

For membership types and annual subscription rates, see below.

UK membership rates 

  • Adult (Standard) membership (£27 a year)
  • Junior Member (ages 11 to 17) (£21 a year)
  • Young Stargazer (up to 11 years in age) (£21 a year)
  • School memberships (UK only) (£21 a year) (Schools will receive one copy of the magazine and access to our meetings for students)

Europe & Rest of World membership rates

For those joining in Europe or the rest of the world there are separate subscription rates (£44 per year) which reflect the higher costs of postage.

How to make payment

We have a flexible range of options for payment.

To gain membership access immediately, you can sign up your credit and debit cards via Stripe or PayPal, (even if you don’t have a PayPal account). 

Alternatively you can print out a form and join by post.

You can also pay your annual subscription by Direct Debit (this only applies to the standard adult UK membership).   To set this up, when you have filled in the online details please print out and fill in this form (PDF) and send it to us. Please note that Direct Debit subscriptions renew annually.

Renewing your existing membership

If you are renewing your subscription, please also click on the Join button below to access your membership profile and sign in using your email address.

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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 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!

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