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Star-gazing with Baker Street Astronomers

The Baker Street Irregular Astronomers (BSIA) meet every month in central London to look at the sky and socialise. Bring a 'scope if you have one, if not, don't worry, everyone is very friendly and happy to share - some nights there are 30+ telescopes there.

Placeholder: November Message from the BSIA

Venus ushers the moon away and won’t, therefore, be visible tonight, but there are more planets to take our attention. The ice giants Uranus & Neptune – at a staggering 1.8 and 2.7 billion miles away respectively – can bee seen in Pisces and Aquarius. Look for their greenish and blue colours and crank up the magnification to see them as distinctly disk-like.

 But the real treat is our first BSIA views of the King of Planets since April. Jupiter returns to the eastern horizon around 8:30pm and will be high enough in the sky to properly observe around 10-10:30pm. Three of the brightest moons, Ganymede, Callisto and Europa will be visible in a line but, if you can tease it out of the gloom of the horizon around 8:45pm, you’ll see the volcanic moon Io slip behind the gas giant.

Moving out of the solar system, the early quick gratification hits of the Andromeda Galaxy, the Double Cluster and the Great Globular Cluster in Hercules will all be visible through small scopes and larger binoculars. And, as the night progresses, beautiful binary stars Albireo in Cygnus, Almaak in Andromeda and the Double Double in Lyra are always rewarding – as are the trickier double galaxies of M81 & M82 in Ursa Major, the Ring Nebula (pictured below) in Lyra and the Owl Cluster in Cassiopeia.

By 10pm all eyes will undoubtedly be looking east as the huge Hyades binocular target rises just behind the stunning Pleiades Cluster, paving the way for Orion and the unmissable Orion Nebula! (Pictured below.) But also scan around Auriga to the left of Taurus where the trio of clusters M36, M37 & M38 are also well worth hunting down. That is, if you can pull your eyes away from Jupiter in that portion of the sky!

Although you’re welcome to bring any equipment you like, please don’t worry if you don’t have a scope of your own, everyone is welcome from advanced to absolute beginner – there will be plenty of scopes around on the night and people will be more than happy to find objects for you to observe if you ask. And if you are new to astronomy – there are no silly questions, just ask away!

The nights are getting very cold now so please do bring along plenty of warm layers and coats to keep the cold out. And to help out, there will be hot and cold drinks and snacks available from the café until around 10pm to cater for whatever the weather.

All the park’s gates are closed at 4:30pm, so only Monkey Gate (the one nearest to London Zoo see map), will be open to enter and leave through, and we must insist that you only use this gate and never try to climb over the fences. Parking outside Monkey Gate is free on the Outer Circle after 6.30pm and it’s about 150m walk from the road to The Hub along the floor-lit pathway.

Earlier in the week, we were featured in the Metro newspaper. If you missed it, you can find it here.

We look forward to seeing you all on Wednesday 6th November in Regent’s Park (or a day either side, depending on the forecast). Bring scopes and binoculars if you have them, if not, bring yourselves and new Irregulars. We look forward to exploring the universe with you!

Ralph Wilkins for

The Unofficial Force.

Visit the BSIA's website here for more details:





On a clear night, there can be over 100 people at this event, so to help us connect with other members of this group, we'll stake out a table inside the Hub, with a Meetup sign.


There are detailed directions on this customised Google Map.

Summary of directions:

Enter the Park through the Monkey Gate, which is at the very north of the park. If you have short legs like me, it's a 20-25 minute walk from either Baker Street or Camden Town stations. So instead, I'd recommend going to Baker Street or Camden Town and catching the 274 bus to London Zoo to save the walking.

Once inside the park, it's only 150 meters or so (3 minutes) to the Hub - please be vigilant when it's dark.


Geek Chic costs: Full Membership of this group is £15 a year. You can attend two events for free. You can pay any time by Paypal using the link on the left navigation pane, or

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**Please note, this cost is for Geek Chic Membership, not for attending the BSIA stargazing events, which are free and open to the public for no fee.**

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  • Rosanella

    When is the next meeting at The Hub in Regent's Park?

    June 5, 2014

  • John M.

    There now. Dude with blue coat, inside

    December 18, 2013

  • Jobeda A.

    Hi everyone, the meeting is going ahead tomorrow, but sadly I'm at another event and haven't been able to find a replacement host. If anyone fancies turning up with a sign (from here: or post their number below for people to find each other, please feel free. I'm sorry about this, and hope you will still enjoy the night.

    December 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Based on BBC weather forecast, I predict a move to Thursday evening.

    December 16, 2013

  • Marina

    The weather forecast looks bad for next week. What will we do then?

    December 12, 2013

    • Dinesh

      From the website, it looks like it will move forwards or backwards by a day. There's a newsletter you can sign up to and be automatically notified (http://www.bakerstree...­)

      December 15, 2013

  • Tavish K.

    I lived in a small box of a room in London, struggled ina telescope and did what I can and wondered why there are no communities on stargazing. Moved to Essex recently and now found you... arrrgghhhh... Nevertheless I'm gonna join in - might be a tad late though as I've got a cold hour long ride to get to ya...

    November 29, 2013

    • Tavish K.

      Hmm. Maybe I just need to open my eyes eh? I live in Billericay.. anything else around?! I've got half a mind to start a meetup here as the skies are just utterly gorgeous. I've often been distracted so much at night I've almost crashed my bike :/

      November 29, 2013

    • XYZ

      I only know of NEAS. Their lectures in Marks Tey are pretty good and they have an annual Starfest... An asronomy convention near Braintree.. plus that's where their Saturday star or sun gazing events are held. Some of the Essex nature reserves have stargazing events during meteor showers.

      1 · November 30, 2013

  • Cristina S.

    Stars in London :)

    November 24, 2013

  • Jisabella

    Would LOVE to come but will be in Guatemala! Will come in Januaryif jet lag allows?

    November 17, 2013

  • Jisabella

    Would LOVE to come but will be in Guatemala! Please repeat in January?

    November 17, 2013

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