Happy New Year, Irregulars! The organisers, we call ourselves The Unofficial Force, hope you all had a lovely time over the festive break and are looking forward to bringing you a fun, free and family friendly astronomical experience in 2020!

Our next stargazing meeting in Regent’s Park will be held on Wednesday 22 January at the usual place, the Hub in Regent’s Park and at the usual times, anytime from 18:30 until we leave at 22:30.

In 2020, the year of our tenth anniversary, we will be offering in February the first of our new social evenings. It will be held in Baker Street one Friday evening, the date to be announced soon. It will be a chance to relax over a drink, perhaps a bite to eat, and chat about astro topics to fellow Irregulars and give the Unofficial Force any thoughts on the BSIA: where we are, where you wish it to go this year.

Remember, if you are new to becoming an Irregular, you don’t need to own and bring to our evening stargazing meetings a telescope or binoculars – there are usually a dozen or so telescopes of various sizes and designs for you to look through. Of course if you do own an instrument you can carry to the Hub then please bring it with you!

We meet whether the sky is clear or cloudy! Sometimes the weather forecast for the day just looks awful. In extreme cases, we might outright cancel a meeting however, in the majority of cases, we go ahead anyway. Provided it’s not raining, we gather even under cloudy skies and enjoy an evening of social astronomy chat. Often this results in rewards for those who choose to attend, as London’s unpredictable cloud cover can vanish without warning – then it’s every telescope for itself! We highly recommend coming along even if it looks cloudy. Even if the sky has nothing to show us, there’s always something interesting to see and hear at one of our star parties.

Additional information on directions to the hub and our event etiquette is available.