Past event

Observatory Open Night

On Saturday 25 March, we will open the doors of the University Observatory to the public, for the first time since 2019. 18:00-21:00. Entry free, all welcome. (If you plan to come with a large group, we would be grateful for advance notice).

What you can expect: Four telescopes in action, either for demonstrations or (weather permitting) observations of moon, planets, star clusters and galaxies. Tours of our James Gregory Telescopes, every half hour (starting shortly after 6pm). Two telescopes for stargazing. ‘Ask an Astronomer' booth in the Napier building, with the local astronomers on hand to talk about everything you ever wanted to discuss with an astronomer. Plus, the arts & science venue in the Twin Dome will be open again.

The Observatory Open Night will be preceded on the same day by Science Discovery Day, our free annual public engagement with science event. It will be hosted in the School of Physics & Astronomy (J. F. Allen Building) from 10:30 to 16:00. Activities will include hands-on games, flash-bang demo lectures, lab tours and the chance to engage with researchers. This will be the first in-person Science Discovery Day since 2020, and open to anyone. See more details at:

Both events are drop-in, so come along any time that they are open (for free!). We will have activities both for families with young kids and for any other interested members of our community who want to find out more about science research going on in St Andrews.

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