19th February Lecture: Weaving the Cosmic Web.

Dr Pete Edwards, Director of Science Outreach, Durham University Department of Physics, will take us on a journey of discovery and exploration of the structure of the Universe.

Our local star, the Sun, is just one of the many billions that form the vast collection we call the Milky Way

Galaxy Observations with large telescopes tell us there are at least as many galaxies in the Universe as there are stars in the Milky Way.

Furthermore, these galaxies are not randomly distributed throughout the Universe, but form a spidery network that has a filamentary structure dubbed the ‘cosmic web’.

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31st January: RSC Astrochemistry Themed Event at Cygnus Observatory

Back by popular demand, Sunderland Astronomical Society are hosting an event for the Royal Society of Chemistry (Local section members).

Date: Tuesday 31st January 2017.

Time: from 6:30 pm.

Entry: RSC Members: Free, Friends & Family: £2.

(Contributions to SAS fundraising nonetheless welcomed).

Royal Society of Chemistry members from across the North East are invited to attend for a fun night of assorted astronomical treats at the Cygnus Observatory  and various SAS members telescopes of all shapes and sizes at/around the WWT Washington Wetlands Centre.

Note: This is a private event for RSC members and friends and family.

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Xmas Benker Night

28th December: Xmas Benker Night

Sunderland Astro Xmas Benker night.

Traditionally 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 Wednesday 28th December at the Washington Wetlands Centre, from 7.00pm.

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18th December Lecture: The Microscopic World of Lunar Dust

Dr Carol Kiely visiting research scholar in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Lehigh University, Pennsylvania, USA  and SAS member,  will be giving a talk on “The Microscopic World of Lunar Dust” on Sunday the 18th December 2016 from 7 pm in the Discovery room of Washington Wetlands Centre .

Magnificent Desolation”. Those were the words uttered by Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin as he allowed his eyes to take in the starkness and monochrome hues of the lunar surface.

The scene was a pristine desert landscape, but instead of the familiar beige-colored sand, the entire surface was covered in a fine, charcoal-gray powder. Despite being the focus of intense scientific study for over forty years, very few optical micrographs of lunar dust particles have been published.

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Membership Subscription Renewals for 2016-2017

September is the start of our new season. SAS Memberships will be due from 1st September (payable throughout 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.

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Saturday Morning Physics – Talk Series: Autumn 2016 – Dates in October, November, December

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.

Aimed at school pupils, high school students and all adults interested in Modern Physics and other natural sciences.
Some of the Physics department’s world class scientists will talk on their fascinating research topics including astrophysics, cosmology, materials science, lasers, quantum mechanics and particle physics.
The talks will take place in the Physics Department at Durham University, on eight Saturday mornings during October, November and December 2016.
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RAS 200

RAS200: Outreach and Engagement Fund of £1,000,000

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: chairman@sunderlandastro.com.

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.

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4th December: GEEKDOM 2016 at Nissan Sports & Leisure Complex

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.

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