Institute of Astronomy

Public Activities at the Institute of Astronomy

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Public Open Evenings

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Join us for public observing every Wednesday from October thru March

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Opportunities for schools


We can arrange a visit to the IoA for your school, or a visit from an astronomer to your school!

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Community Group Visits

Contact us to arrange a visit to the IoA for your community group

Contact us to arrange a visit to the IoA for your community group

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Cepheus Parchment Scroll


Check out the new art installation on the observatory lawns

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Reaching out to the public


Dr. Carolin Crawford delivered exciting news about dwarf planets at the Soapbox Science Event in Newcastle

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What we offer

Although we are primarily a research department, we have a variety of public education and outreach activities run by a dedicated outreach team and enthusiastic volunteers from among our students, staff and faculty.  Please note that we will do our best to accommodate you and your organisation, but availability is limited. Read below to see which of our activites works for you.

We host weekly public open evenings every Wednesday during the Winter season (October - March).

We are gearing up to the 2015/16 season which began on 7 October 2015.

Find out what's involved; and a list of what talks were on during the last season. 

Members of our outreach team can either arrange for students to visit the Insititute or for us to come visit a school. We offer presentations at all key stages covering all topics in astronomy.

We can accommodate bookings for community groups to visit the Institute. Depending on the weather, we can host observing through the site telescopes, including perhaps an early evening visit for younger groups of cubs or brownies.

  • For the Media

We can provide information about recent astronomical discoveries and upcoming observable events in the night sky for members of the media. Please contact a member of our outreach team for more information. 

Outreach Team

Need more information or have more questions? Feel free to contact us. 

Dr. Carolin Crawford                               Dr. Sonali Shukla

Public Astronomer                                  Astronomy Outreach Assistant

csc AT                                 sshukla AT




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