Welcome to Sunderland Astronomical Society

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Sunderland Astronomical Society (SAS) was formed in July 1993 by an enthusiastic group of local amateur astronomers. We are one of most active and largest astronomical society’s in the North East with lots of things going on (for e.g. observing, related projects, astro events, meetings, lectures, visits, and outreach), so come on down and take a look.

 

Who We Are

SAS are a dynamic, active, open and friendly group of local amateur astronomers.

SAS - Jupiter Nights event at NSLC Feb 2014

  • 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.

SAS Event

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

SAS Workshops at WWTOn 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

SAS Lecture

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 more information on lectures, see our Society News and/or Events Calendar web pages.

 

 

Thursday Evenings

Sunderland Astronomical SocietyNow held all year round, the Cygnus Observatory is open on Thursday evenings to the public and members from 7pm till 9pm, given available volunteers & weather permitting.

For for any changes to the above meetings you can also see updates & join our Facebook SAS Group page.

Latest News

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SAS Membership Card

The society now supplies SAS Membership Cards to all new & current society members, with a membership card holder and lanyard (if required).

All members are encouraged to use/display membership cards at our meet ups, visits and events.

The printed & laminated membership cards, holders and lanyards are stored in the Discovery Room’s “SAS hobbit hole” and available on request.

Note: Membership cards  will be printed/issued in as/when we get the required batch of new members to keep printing/laminating costs down.

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DERWENT to CYGNUS Charity Bike Ride

Sunday 8th June 2014 will be the date of the fundraising bike ride from our dark sky observing site at Derwent Reservoir to the Cygnus Observatory in Washington. The route is 28 miles and takes us on a mixture of C2C cycle paths and quiet country lanes.
The purpose of the bike ride is to raise funds for essential maintenance and upgrading of the Cygnus Public Observatory so also included is a sponsorship form which we encourage all participants to use.
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