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The Reading Astronomical Society was founded in 1972 to promote amateur astronomy in the Reading area in Berkshire, UK. We have been providing talks by professional and amateur astronomers, offering practical advise and help, loaning out telescopes and arranging trips to sites of interest for nearly 50 years.

The main section of the society normally meets at St. Peter’s Church Hall, Earley on the 3rd Saturday of each month between September and June (occasionally the 2nd Saturday at Christmas and Easter). We also run a free Friday Club which also meets at the Church Hall. Our programme has full details of all meetings.

During the COVID-19 Emergency all of our meetings are currently running via Zoom. The normal programme is not in operation so please use the next meetings column to the right of this page for updated latest event info.

“The presentations were impressive and the presenters should be proud.”

“Your hosting of these meets is a stoke of genius.”

Join our NEWLIST: email info@readingastro.org.uk to be added to our email news list. You will then receive timely notice of all of our activities.

We would like to acknowledge the debt we owe to St Peter’s Church Hall

The church continues to help the local community, but they have lost their revenue from hall bookings. We feel that community support is more important than ever at this time. If you would like to support the church, pending our return to real meetings, here is a link to the ‘Giving to Earley St. Peter’s page’ on the church website. It explains the different ways people can give to the church.

Check our upcoming meetings and complete year’s programme.

We get many email enquiries about membership (info@readingastro.org.uk) and we are happy to answer but the best way is just turn up at a meeting! First time always no charge. Complete beginners welcome.

The society respects current General Data Protection Regulations and our Data Privacy Statement is here

I met lot’s of lovely people, and can’t believe how professional the whole evening was…. – Ryan, Jun 2014

How I wish I lived closer because, without doubt, I would become a member of your Society! – Jane Green, Oct 2015

…it was such a thrill speaking to such an enthused and interested audience; a science communicator’s dream! – Ceri Brenner, Jan 2016

…thank you all for an excellent evening when we attended last Friday week and for helping us understand how to use our telescope.  [We] thoroughly enjoyed the session and have since been viewing the moon and Jupiter.  We make progress… Damian, May 2017

I enjoyed it very much: you have a very friendly group there! Guest speaker, March ’19


Welcome to the website of Reading Astronomical Society. Our site offers information about the Society and astronomy. You will find:

Join our discussion group for members and friends; any astronomy hobbyist; in the Reading area.

You can contact us via Twitter and Facebook or email info@readingastro.org.uk.

We maintain a news list for anyone in the area to keep in touch with all our astronomy events. To subscribe, send an email to info@readingastro.org.uk.

We support the Commission for Dark Skies.

We associate with other societies in the region through SAGAS

We meet regularly at St Peter’s Church Hall in Earley.

Here is a talk in progress


A gallery of images from East Reading Festival 2014

By Marc Charron.