Kielder Camp Site

14th – 19th March: Kielder Forest Star Camp

The Kielder Forest Star Camp runs from Wednesday 14th to Sunday 19th March 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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Derwent Reservoir at night

External Visit 10th March: SAS visits Derwent Sailing Club

SAS visits Derwent Sailing Club.

Date: 10th March 2018

Time: From 7 pm

Location

They are located on the North side of Derwent Reservoir (West of our Dark Sky site) just off the A68 between Corbridge and Consett, providing easy access by car from Hexhham, Newcastle and Durham. We also have many members travelling from Northumbria, Darlington and Sunderland.

Driving Directions
For Sat Nav users the post-code DH8 9PT will usually work, however some Sat Nav’s will take you to the otherside of the reservoir with this postcode.

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Saturday Morning Physics – Talk Series: Autumn 2017 – Dates in October, November, December

The Durham University’s physics department is running a new outreach talk series called “Saturday Morning Physics” on eight Saturdays throughout October,  November and December 2017, starting at 10:30am.

What: Saturday Morning Physics Talks Series
When: Eight Saturdays throughout October,  November and December 2017
Where: All talks take place in the  at Durham University James Duff lecture theatre(PH8) in the Physics Department of Durham University, South Road Durham, DH1 3LE. 
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Kielder Camp Site

18th – 22nd October: Kielder Forest Star Camp

The Kielder Forest Star Camp runs from Wednesday 18th to Sunday 22nd October 2017.

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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11th/12th August: Perseids Meteor Showers at the Cygnus Observatory

The Perseids are coming, THE PERSEIDS ARE COMING!!!!!

This weekend the Earth will swing through the debris left behind from comet Swift-Tuttle.

The peak of the shower is on Saturday the 12th.

To make sure that we see this we will be opening the Cygnus Observatory FREE to all on both Friday 11th and Saturday 12th from 10pm!

Obviously this is hugely dependent on the weather, so if it’s anything else but clear we will not be opening up.

Details of how to finds us on the the website.

Please check our SAS Facebook page at 8pm on both days to see if we are going to be open.

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Pow Hill Dark Sky Site

19th March Lecture: Getting Started in Deep Sky Astrophotography

Photography of the night sky can be an extremely rewarding hobby revealing the spectacular beauty of nature and wonders of the universe.

Astrophotography can be as simple as a camera mounted on a tripod but for those wanting to take it to the next level it can be confusing.

Chris Duffy’s talk will provide you with a practical guide to Deep Sky astrophotography using a DSLR camera and a telescope. What you need and how to set it up.

  • What equipment do I need?
  • What’s essential and what is just nice to have?
  • What is the minimum to get started?
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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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