Image credit: NASA  Hubble Heritage

Welcome to Astronomy in Herefordshire.

Latest News:

News and new items of interest to Herefordshire Astronomical Society members

  • Partial Lunar Eclipse - Tuesday night 16th July 2019
A partial eclipse of the Moon will be visible from across the UK on the evening of 16/17 July, with the Moon rising already partially immersed in Earth’s deep umbral shadow. You’ll need to find an observing site with an uninterrupted south-eastern outlook, but a humble pair of binoculars is the only piece of equipment necessary to enhance your enjoyment of the event. The eclipse will also be seen across a large part of Asia, the whole of Africa, the eastern part of South America, and the western part of Australia.

The Moon rises at around 9pm with greatest eclipse around 10:30pm. There's more information at Astronomy Now here or Telescope House here.

  • What's Next - Summer Holidays!
What a marvellous day we had at "A Giant Leap" with MESC. Several HAS members gave talks and many HAS members were able to join the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing. The weather was most kind to us allowing all the indoor, under canvas and outdoor activities to be staged for over a hundred friends and families to enjoy.

That's the end of our planned events for the 2018/2019 season. Your committee will put the finishing touches to the exciting schedule of talks and activities planned for our next 2019/2020 season - join us at the first meeting in September to find out what's in store for you.

Have a great summer break - always a good time to service and clean your astronomical gear ready for the dark nights returning.

Thursday 5th September 2019
7 - 9 pm

    Next Meeting:

    Paul's talk on The Keys of Stretton Rectory completes our schedule of talks for the 2018/2019 HAS season - hope you enjoyed them.

    Your committee will be pulling together another great programme of speakers and subjects to entertain and interest you - starting as usual in September.

    Our monthly talks at the Kindle Centre:

    Thursday 5th September 2019
    7 - 9 pm


    at the Kindle Centre Belmont Road Hereford HR2 7JE  (Next to ASDA - more information here

    Next Observing Session:

    We start our observing sessions in October and after the clocks change we'll be able to start the sessions a bit earlier - look out for emails from Mark with timings and details.

    We plan to continue to use the Fownhope and Berrington Hall (The National Trust) sites for our observing evenings.

    So come and talk to new or more experienced society members - hopefully have a look through some telescopes and binoculars at the night sky. Share your thoughts, pick up some observing tips and recommendations, discuss your astronomical problems and projects, bring your own equipment for advice on how best to use it. We may change the observing meeting to another evening if the weather forecast indicates it would be better. Members can bring their own refreshments although we don't expect to have access to The Pavilion if we need cover (there's always The Greenman or The New Inn if needs must!). Look out for the latest news on this website and we'll email out any change to arrangements to members.

    TBD October 2019
    7 - 9 pm
    Fownhope Recreation Field
    Practical observing and advice session.
    More information here. 

    Next Star Party:

    TBD. See here for what we did in 2019.

    Next Visit:

    Once or twice a year, members like to jump in cars or climb in a mini-bus and make their way to go and see something interesting outside of Herefordshire (passports not required - so far). Previous trips have been to the Spaceguard Centre, the International Astronomy Show, the National Space Centre, Jodrell Bank and this year a weekend trip that took in the Norman Lockyer Observatory outside Sidmouth and the Herschel Museum in Bath.

    Members pay for shared transport and any entrance fees as appropriate..