The Baker Street Irregular Astronomers was organised and set up in the Summer of 2010 following a conversation between Simon Bennett of The Widescreen Centre and Carl Drake of the Metropolitan Police (based at Regents Park) as an attempt to address Central London’s surprising lack of community astronomy societies and events. The society benefits from the help and support of the Royal Parks and the management at The Hub.
We converge upon The Hub one Wednesday each month in the beautiful Regents Park for a free and informal meeting of like-minded people ranging from the curious novice to the expert. While we always bring telescopes to the meetings, and insist that there is no requirement for members to share or even own them, we encourage anyone who does have their own optical equipment to bring that along too
The meetings have proven to be more popular than any of their organisers imagined, and the number of attendees has soared over the first 18 months to support what may be the fastest growing astronomical society in the country! Press and media attention has helped a great deal, but word-of-mouth continues to be the driving force in sharing the wonders of the night sky with our fellow Londoners.
An astronomical society with a difference
Unlike most astronomical societies, we do not require formal membership or charge a fee for joining. Everyone is free to come along to our meetings, find out why we do what we do, and ask for advice. We aren’t going to let a little light pollution stop us from bringing astronomy to Central London, where millions of potential stargazers go about their lives unaware of the stunning natural beauty hanging above their heads, just beyond the sky.
If you like what you see, please tell your friends, family and work colleagues about the Baker Street Irregular Astronomers, and join us at one of our monthly meetings. We do our best to welcome absolutely everybody, and if you have any concerns, you can always contact us first.