Cambridge Astronomical Association
Cambridge Young Astronomers



All Our courses are held at The Institute of Astronomy, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0HA. For directions and a map visit this page. We attempt to clear away the fog and help people who want to get into astronomy get started.

Courses are on Wednesdays, and start at 8pm

Introduction to Astronomy

Wednesdays 8th May to 10th July 2019

8pm, doors open 7:30pm

This course for those new to astronomy is run by both the CAA and the IoA.

Each week there will be main themed lecture of around 45-55 minutes followed by refreshments and then another activity such as a visit to one of the telescope domes (which a chance to look through it if the weather cooperates) or visit to another part of the Institute to see what goes on there, or another indoor presentation such as a planetarium show.

We aim to finish at around 9:45-10pm

  • 8th May - Planets of the Inner Solar System - Jonathan Clough

  • 15th May - The Outer Solar System - Jupiter to Pluto and beyond- Paul Fellows

  • 22nd May - Galaxies and the Milky way - Dr. Sophie Koudmani

  • 29th May - Einstein and Eddington 1919 - IoA Public Lecture, not officially part of the course but you are welcome to come

  • 5th June - Introduction to Cosmology - Dr Catrina Diener

  • 12th June - Shooting Stars, Space rocks and a tale of Comets - Brian Lister

  • 19th June - The Life and Death of Stars - Brian Lister

  • 26th June - Children of Another Sun & Signals from Space- Paul Fellows

  • 3rd July - Capturing the sky with a digital camera - Paul Fellows

  • 10th July - Deep Sky Photography - David Davies

The course is open to anyone 16 and over. The cost is a £10 covering the entire 9 week course.

Should you wish to attend only some of the evenings please pay £2 at the door for each session

Full details will be available at our meetings, or at the IoA open day or you can talk to Paul on 01954 202785 (evenings) or Brian tel 01223 420954

Alternatively you can email us: Paul here or Brian here

If paying by cheque: Please make payable to the Cambridge Astronomical Association and send to Brian Lister, 80 Ramsden Square, Cambridge, CB4 2BL

Want to Pay Electronically? You can send the money direct to our account

Account number : 10679844
Sort code : 20-17-22

Please use Reference; I2A followed by your name eg. I2A Joe Bloggs

Important! Once the money has been transferred, please click here and fill in the details to tell us who you are and what you have paid for


Just send an email to Brian stating the following,

Name and Address and the number of members tickets required

Amount transferred and name of your account

This is so that we can work out why we got the money and who from!


smalllogo aurora

CAA 2010 Reg. Charity No. 800782 Disclaimers