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
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
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
Event Cancelled due to low bookings. 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…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