On Saturday 18th October from 7 pm, enjoy seeing the night sky of Northumberland International Dark Sky Park. Similar to previous Kielder Castle Star Watch events but now the Star Watch event is in a new location at Stonehaugh near the river Warksburn. For directions see use the google map of the event, in Events…Details
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Who We Are
SAS are a dynamic, active, open and friendly group of local amateur astronomers.
- Our aim is to promote, inspire, inform & advance the education of the public in the science of Astronomy and related subjects.
We support the whole of Tyne & Wear community and North East region with anything astronomical.
What We Do
We cater for all levels of Astronomy interest and experience.
We are especially pleased to welcome newcomers into the fascinating study of the heavens.
Regularly provide astronomically themed talks, observing sessions, projects & workshops in schools, at other venues/establishments, within the North East region and at our public observatory at the Washington Wetlands Centre.
Run outreach projects & programs that are recognised by NASA.
Especially encourage Schools, Cubs, Brownie and Scout groups of all ages to inspire & learn about astronomy and view the night sky.
When We Meet
Our season runs from September to May each year.
We hold meetings on the second and third Sunday of each month at the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, Washington, in the Discovery Centre and all meetings start at 7 pm.
Meetings are free to attend so you can come along and see if the Society is for you before you join up. Also to socialize and join in the craic on all things astronomical.
2nd Sunday of each month
On the 2nd Sunday of each month: Held all year round, Workshop Meetings are held in the Discovery Room of Wetlands Centre, when the more experienced astronomers help the those new to the science to get acquainted with their instruments and with finding objects in the night sky.
3rd Sunday of each month
On the 3rd Sunday of each month: From September to May each year, lecture meetings are held and feature a talk lasting around 30 to 45 minutes, either by a visiting professional astronomer or an experienced amateur astronomer. The Cygnus observatory will be open afterwards for observing if weather is permitting.
For for any changes to the above meetings you can also see updates & join our Facebook SAS Group page.
Mars is a barren desert world, so one might puzzle over the idea there being water. However, since 1877 there has been great speculation of water on Mars and ultimately what that implies. In this talk Ramin Lolachi looks at the history of hunting for water on Mars and the role water has played in…Details
The next star camp runs from Wednesday 22nd to Sunday 26th October with spaces already filling up!
The Kielder Forest Star Camps are run twice a year, in the spring (usually in Feb/March) and in the autumn(usually in October).
All activities on the main day (Saturday) are free.
Update: as of 22/09/14 non-electrical pitches are available.Details
SAS President Dave Newton gives an introduction to the work and alternative cosmology of the late maverick astronomer Halton Arp. Much of Arp’s work was in the field of galaxies and galactic evolution. Following in the footsteps of Edwin Hubble. Arp delighted in finding the exceptions to the rule, and presented here is some of…Details
Its that time of the year again folks, SAS Membership renewals are now due for this season.
The SAS Membership season runs from the 1st September each year with 3 month grace period for membership renewals, and your membership also provides Public/Products Liability Insurance (PPLI) cover for members at our society events.Details
From humble beginnings and as a pre-season event, the annual SAS Starbeque event has now become the stuff of legend. Held on Saturday 30th August 2014, starting at 6:30 pm until late. This is our traditional celebration of the return of darker nights and, as in previous years, will take place at our Millshields Dark Sky…Details
The Cygnus Observatory now has a Skywatcher EQ8 mount – yippee!!. This will considerably help SAS to promote the study of Astronomy in the local community. This has been achieved from the fundraising efforts from members Sunderland Astronomical (you know who you are) & the from kind donation from the Community Foundation’s “Frank Acfield“ Endowment fund.…Details
SAS will be opening Cygnus Observatory & providing solar observing sessions to the public visiting WWT Washington Wetlands Centre on Sunday 10th August from 1 pm to 4 pm. All help from SAS members whether you have a solar scope or not is very welcome. If you a bringing a scope make sure it safe for solar…Details
We have done it! SAS completed charity ride of 45 km, with guts and determination, true grit and negotiating some grueling climbs from Derwent reservoir on SAS’s Tour de C2C completed, well it was part of the C2C. Charity ride competed in under 4 hours (inclusive of pit-stops and meal break). …Details