28th October – Sunderland Astronomical Society AGM

The Sunderland Astronomical Society AGM will be taking place on Sunday 28th October 2018 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.

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Northumberland Parking Stargazing Event

19th October: Stargazing Event (Northumberland Park)

Back by popular demand, Sunderland Astronomical Society are will visiting Northumberland Park).

  • Date: Friday 19th October 2018.
  • Time: from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm.
  • Entry: Free (Contributions to SAS fundraising nonetheless welcomed).

SAS have been asked by the Northumberland Park (the park in North Shields) to hold a Stargazing event on Friday 19th October 2018 from 7.00pm till late.

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21st October Lecture: Setting up your Telescope

The telescope is the most important tool for the active amateur astronomer.

While there are many telescopes on the market, the techniques of using them to their full potential is something rarely explained in their user manuals.

Also, the stargazer will find out quickly that the biggest telescope is not always the best choice due to the effort of setting it up and other factor as portability, cool-down times, maintenance, desired functions and many more.

This presentation given by Dr Jurgen Schmoll will have something for every one whatever  your experience level.

Jurgen is amateur/professional astronomer and instrument scientist, covers the bandwidth from simple routines as finder scope alignment and simple maintenance tasks up to what can be done to make observing more frequently and joyful.

At the other end of the spectrum it will be shown how building a full-fledged amateur observatory around the telescope makes observing more joyful.

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Saturday Morning Science – Talk Series: September 29th 2018 – 11th May 2019

A series of 22 exciting public talks from world-leading scientists across Durham University’s Science departments, called “Saturday Morning Science” from Saturday 29th September 2018 to the Saturday 11th May 2019, starting at 10:30am. 

Talks on every Saturday between dates:

  • 29th September 2018- 1st December 2018,
  • 2nd February 2019 – 30th March 2019,
  • 27th April 2019- 11th May 2019

What: Saturday Morning Science Talks

When: Saturday dates above from the 29th September 2018 to the 11th May 2019
Where: All talks take place at Durham University’s CALMAN Learning Centre.  For location, see the Saturday Morning Science Programme (at the end of the programme “Getting There”).
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Kielder Camp Site

10th – 15th October: Kielder Forest Star Camp

The Kielder Forest Star Camp runs from Wednesday 10th to Monday 15th (am) October 2018.

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), and now organised by the Kielder Forest Camp Site.

All activities on the main day Saturday are free to attend.

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21st July Lecture: One Small Step: The legacy of the Apollo programme

21st July 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the first moonwalk, when Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong became the first human to set foot on another world.

For a brief period, the Moon became our first outpost in the wider cosmos before the manned missions ceased in December 1972.

In total, only 12 men ever walked on the Moon.

Yet, Armstrong’s ‘small step for a man’ changed our view of the universe, and more, profoundly.

In this talk, Dave Newton reflects upon the Apollo programme, its highs and lows, the scientific discoveries, and Apollo’s impacts on the world that are still being felt today.

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16th September Lecture: In Search of Extra-Terrestrials

In this talk Society President Dave Newton will outline his thoughts on the search for extraterrestrial life, touching upon his lifelong fascination with Outer Space and his own involvement with research into claims of alien encounters.

Dave will assess the likelihood and possibilities for alien life, and ask the questions:

  • Why is this important?
  • And why, ultimately, the search for life Out There in the cosmos shines a light upon ourselves.

 

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