This is the home page of the Southport Astronomical Society, and our aims are to inspire people to go out at night and enjoy the wonders of the night sky, and to enlighten them about the nature of the things they see. Visit NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the day for a taster of what’s out there. Star trails at the Baxendell observatory in Hesketh Park. Credit Steve Birchall


skeezeWhirlpool Galaxy M51 (NGC 5194) Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) N. Scoville (Caltech)

The society is honoured to have as its President, Professor Michael Bode BSc (Hons), Ph.D., FRAS, CPhys, FinstP). He has given many public talks on his areas of expertise and appeared regularly on BBC TV’s ‘Sky at Night’.

We are a member of the Federation of Astronomical Societies and covered by their Public Liability Insurance scheme. We are also a member of the North West Group of Astronomical Societies (NWGAS).

To explore our Website click any page title of interest, and then click the menu titles along the top of each page as appropriate.

1) About us.

2) News and events.

3) 2022/23 Programme

4) Outreach presentations

5) Introduction to astronomy

6) Members Astrophotos

7) Astro briefings

8) Joseph Baxendell & his observatory

9) External Links

10) Contact us.

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