“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

Our Next Event

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

Online Site Events

We are not confirming any new group bookings at the current time, and there are no public events taking place on site. We have however been able to transition a number of our events online while our site has been closed due to the pandemic.

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

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