A new generation of giant telescopes (Extremely Large Telescopes (ELTs)) is being designed. They will have primary mirrors with diameters ranging from 25 metres to 39 metres. Professor Richard Myers of the Centre for Advanced Instrumentation, Durham University will look at the new astronomy that these systems will be…Details
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Who We Are
SAS are a dynamic, active, open and friendly group of local amateur astronomers.
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.
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
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 and/or join our Facebook SAS Group page.
It is that time of the year again, the Sunderland Astronomical Society’s Astrophotography Competition will held on Sunday 17th May 2015, from 7:00 pm, where the best of our SAS astrophotography images will be displayed and voted on at this competition event. Traditionally, this is our end-of-season meeting and consequently enjoys something of a more relaxed…Details
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, 29th August 2015 (date TBC), starting at 6:30 pm until very late, observing aftwerwards if weather is favourable. This is our traditional celebration of the return of darker…Details
In suppot of the BBC Two’s Stargazing Live shows on BBC2 on Wednesday 18th, Thursday 19th, & Friday 20th (morning of partial solar eclipse) March, Sunderland Astronomical Society and other invited Astronomical Society’s will be running our own Stargaing Live events on Friday 20th & Saturday 21st March 2015, from 6:30 pm.Details
2014 Grubb Parsons Lecture – Ripples from the Big Bang
Presented by Professor Jo Dunkley (University of Oxford).
At Durham University, Appleby Lecture Theatre (W103 Geography Department).
From 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
On the morning of 20th March 2015 we will witness a partial solar eclipse, though we won’t see totality in the UK. Recent total eclipse observations have enabled stunning images of the Sun’s corona to be recorded, spectacularly demonstrating that the magnetic field is the primary structuring force in the solar atmosphere. Fortunately, we no…Details
The Sunderland Astronomical Society AGM will be taking place on Sunday 16th November 2014 from 6:00 pm, prompt before the lecture.
SAS members are invited to attend, listen to chairpersons reports and vote in the election of the committee and nominations are asked from the SAS members.
At the AGM all committee members stand down and members are nominated elected/re-elected.
There are a possible 12 committee places, which includes the named officer posts for the chairperson, vice-chairperson, secretary, treasurer roles.Details
Dr Juergen Schmoll (Durham AS & Cleveland & Darlington AS & SAS) talk features on the astrophotography focused on faint deep space objects. After some theory and historical aspects, the practical side is shown by demonstrating what a DSLR can do, either on a tripod, or driven or even applied to a telescope. Lecture Start time: 7:00 pm.…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