Search for Extra-Terrestrial Life

21st February Lecture: Extra-Terrestrial Life: An evolutionary biologist’s view

For our 21st February Lecture, Professor  Wallace Arthur from the National University of Ireland, Galway, and a volunteer at Kielder Observatory will be giving an evolutionary biologists view of possibilities of Extra-Terrestrial Life.

The rate of exoplanet discovery over the last 20 years has been incredible. But do any of these newly-discovered worlds act as a home for life?


15th – 16th January: Stargazing Live

In support of the BBC Two’s Stargazing Live shows on BBC2 on 12th to the 14th January 2016, Sunderland Astronomical Society and other invited Astronomical Society’s will be running our own Stargazing Live events on Friday 15th & Saturday 16th January 2016, from 6:30 pm.

Free Entry (Contributions to Society fundraising nonetheless welcomed).

Join local astronomers from across the North East for a fun night of assorted astronomical treats at the Cygnus Observatory at the WWT Washington Wetlands Centre.

Note: Parking is limited and once the car parks are full there will be no further admission to the event. 

Xmas Benker Night

19th December: Xmas Benker Night

Sunderland Astro Xmas Benker night.

Traditionally the Saturday between Christmas and New Year has been our night (if you attend we will enlighten you on what the Benker Night means), nothing wrong with an incentive to try to get people to go.

Due to available Saturday dates over the festive period it has been suggest we hold it on Saturday 19th December at the Grey Horse, East Boldon from 7.30pm.

SAS AGM 2015

Sunderland Astronomical Society AGM – 29th November 2015

The Sunderland Astronomical Society AGM will be taking place on Sunday 29th November 2015 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.

Sunderland Astronomical Society Members ID Badge

New Season Membership Subscription Renewals for 2016-2017

September is the start of our new season. SAS Memberships will be due from 1st September for this season 2016/2017.

Joining/Renewing helps support your local astronomical society & community.

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

25 years of Hubble

15th November Lecture: 25 years of Hubble

On the 15th November at 7 pm Washington Wetlands Centre Graham Darke from Sunderland Astronomical Society will be giving a talk celebrating 25 years of NASA’s Hubble telescope and its many achievements.

On April 24, 1990, the space shuttle Discovery lifted off from Earth with the Hubble Space Telescope nestled securely in its cargo bay.

The following day, Hubble telescope was released into space, ready to peer into the universe.

Since then, the Hubble telescope has reinvigorated and reshaped our perception of the cosmos and uncovered a universe where almost anything seems possible within the laws of physics.