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 2014Our 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.

See our Events Calendar for all our SAS related events, for e.g. visits, lectures, public outreach, local community engagement events, etc.

We hold meetings on the 2nd and 3rd 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 9pmgiven available volunteers & weather permitting.

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

Latest News

Sunderland Astronomical Society Members ID Badge

New Season Membership Subscription Renewals for 2015-2016

September is the start of our new season. SAS Memberships will be due from 1st September for this season 2015/2016. Joining/Renewing helps support your local astronomical society & community.

So come on down to Cygnus Observatory renew your SAS membership. One of the largest & most active astronomcal society’s in the North East, for advice, information, join in the craic on all things astronomical.

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Starbeque

12th September: SAS Starbeque

Starbeque 2015

From humble beginnings and as a pre-season event, the annual SAS Starbeque event has now become the stuff of legend.

Held usually on last Saturday in August, but due to the site being used as Beowulf series filming location and the nearest new moon phase it’s the 12th September 2015, starting at 6:30 pm until very late, observing aftwerwards if weather is favourable.

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Einstien

20th September Lecture – The Warped Century: Celebrating 100 years of General Relativity

The years around 1915 conjure up dark images of the Great War and the destruction that went with it.

Yet 1915 was also the year that Einstein’s master work, General Relativity, first appeared and forever changed our view of this Universe we live in.

SAS President Dave Newton will give a talk on the background to the theory and how our understanding of the universe has changed profoundly over the last 100 years.

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