“The night sky is always there, inexhaustible and fundamental to the understanding of nature. It puts before us considerations we would never have thought of, but for it.”.

Ralph Sampson
Astronomer Royal for Scotland, 1910-37

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Events at the Royal Observatory

Our events programme runs throughout the year, and includes:

Astronomy Talks

Talks from engineers and astronomers working in Edinburgh and on exciting projects worldwide.

Night Sky Tours

A beginner’s guide to what you can see in the night sky at this time of year, including highlights chosen by local astronomers.

Special Events

Occasionally we run special events with partners around Edinburgh and as part of wider festivals or events.

Covid 19 Announcement

On Site Events

We are running very limited number of pre-booked events on site, as part of a hybrid programme. This is still subject to change depending on the introduction of new restrictions in future.

Previously recorded online events are available to watch again on our Vimeo channel.

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