The Durham University’s physics department is running a new outreach activity called “Saturday Morning Physics” on six Saturdays in October, November and December, starting at 10:30.
In 2020 the Royal Astronomical Society will be 200 years old.
To celebrate their bicentennial, the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) is establishing an Outreach and Engagement Fund of £1,000,000 to support astronomy and geophysics projects that create a real buzz about science – understanding, discussion and dialogue – in diverse sections of the community.
RAS are asking if you’re involved with a local or national organisation that might be able to help, we’d like to hear from you, particularly if you can add to the RAS fund, so that we can make a greater and more lasting impact.
So how about SAS? You interested in contributing? Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We were old that fund is not available for capital expenditure for telescopes and observatories, although there may be some exceptions.
Some of our committee attended one of the Town hall meetings in October 2016.
Deadline date for phase-1 proposal is 9th December 2016 (proposal on 1 page of A4). Could be some funding available for SAS and some very good networking connections to be made.Details
Sunderland Astronomical Society (SAS) have been invited to participate in GEEKDOM 2016 on 4th December 2016 at the Nissan Sports & Leisure Complex.
A comic-con style event, but not as you know it, promoting total escapism and wonderment across a multitude of genres.
With interactive workshops, displays, exhibits, performances and market style area, there nothing we wont consider to make you say WOW!
First announced Guest HUGH SPIGHT
For the first time in the North East, we are delighted to announce the extremely talented Hugh Spight. Hugh is infamous for his work as a Dalek operator in Doctor Who during the 1980s.Details
The Sunderland Astronomical Society AGM will be taking place on Sunday 27th November 2016 from 7:00 pm.
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 15 committee places, which includes the named officer posts for the chairperson, vice-chairperson, secretary, treasurer roles.Details
Dr David Rosario Research Associate Centre for Extragalactic Astronomy Durham University will be giving a talk on “Active galaxies and Super massive black holes.” on Sunday 20th November 2016 from 7 pm in the Discovery room of Washington Wetlands Centre .
Super massive black holes have moved firmly on to the main stage in the story of the Cosmos. Once regarded as oddities, they are now known to serve as powerful engines in the evolving life of galaxies.Details
The Kielder Forest Star Camp runs from Wednesday 26th to Sunday 30th October.
The Kielder Forest Star Camps are run twice a year, in the spring (usually in Feb/March) and in the autumn(usually in October).
Originally setup and organised by members of Sunderland Astronomical Society(SAS).
All activities on the main day Saturday are free to attend.
Update: as of 22/10/16 non-electrical pitches may still be available available, contact Lynn via email@example.com.Details
Sunderland Astronomical Society (SAS) have been invited to participate in the Kingcon Comicon Convention this year in/at the Stadium Of Light on the Saturday 22nd & 23rd October 2016.
Details are TBC, but here is what we have so far. There may be some solar observing outside and promoting astronomy & the society inside.
So if you have a telescope or not and just want to help out your society, contact:
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for more information.Details
Barbara Atkinson (Volunteer) will be giving a talk on “Introduction in the Egyptian Belief in Astronomy” on Sunday 16th October 2016 from 7 pm in the Discovery room of Washington Wetlands Centre .
Egypt’s most important star deities were those which were visible every night, and their belief was so strong that various tombs and temples had their ceilings decorated with views of the night sky.
Seti I and Rameses VI’s burial chambers depict these scenes as does the tomb of Senmut. These ‘astronomical ceilings” are amongst the most important surviving Egyptian “astronomical documents.”
Senmut’s tomb contains the ‘oldest and intact representations of the northern constellations, and is also ‘the earliest preserved ceiling discovered to date’.Details
SAS have been invited by North Shields Customer First Centre (i.e. the North Tyneside Libraries) to participate in this event: observing, talks & SAS stuff at St Mary’s lighthouse on Wednesday 28th September 2016.
Date: Wednesday 28th September 2016.
Event Times: 7 pm to 10 pm.
Location: St Mary’s Island causeway, Whitley Bay. NE26 4RS.Details
Sir Arnold Wolfendale FRS. Emeritus Professor of Physics, 14th Astronomer Royal of Durham University will be giving a talk on “The Search for Intelligent Life” on Sunday 18th September 2016 from 7 pm in the Discovery room of Washington Wetlands Centre .
‘Are we alone in the Universe?’ It’s is one of the greatest questions of our age.
The lecture will deal with historical attitudes to this question and explore what we know of relevance.
With the help from the audience a conclusion of the likelihood of intelligent life out there will be arrived at or not, and the Sir Arnold will give his own conclusions.
The question of ‘where do we go from here?’ will also be examined.
So please come on down and see this world class speaker.
Cygnus Opening Ceremony
As you may know the Cygnus observatory is has a new observatory dome installed with a remote access dome control system.
Therefore we have invited Sir Arnold Wolfendale FRS to officially open the Cygnus Opening Ceremony. Taking place before the lecture on Sunday 18th September 2016 from 6:30 pm at the Cygnus observatory.Details