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.

All Access Mount

20 November: “All Access” Mount – Official Opening by Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson

On the 20th November we will be Honoured with the presence of Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson who will do the official opening ceremony of the new “all access” mount we have recent had built.

Please note: This is an SAS members and invited guests only night.

The SAS would like to thank Harry Herron and Dave Beedham who had the initial idea and took it all the way to CAD drawings.

Then the company who manufactured the mount and donated it to the club free of charge. They dont want publicity, so we are honouring their request.

The Newcastle Building Society who gave us a grant of £500 that helped us purchase the telescope. Paul Meade made such a good application to them they granted us the funds.

Josh at Cygnus Observatory

21st November – Fundraising event for 4th Washington cub scouts

This is a fundraising event for 4th Washington cub scouts who are a recently formed pack (and the one that Graham Dark’s son belongs to).

We are doing this as a favour to them to help them raise some funds.

They are coming along with parents and other family members.

There’s going to be a big group – up to 100 people in total from the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts.

The visit is from 6.00pm until 9.30pm on Saturday 21st November 2015.


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.