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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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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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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20th November Lecture: Active galaxies and Super Massive black holes.

Dr David Rosario Research Associate Centre for Extragalactic Astronomy Durham University  will be giving a talk on “Active galaxies and Super massive black holes.” on Sunday  20th November 2016 from 7 pm in the Discovery room of Washington Wetlands Centre .

Super massive black holes have moved firmly on to the main stage in the story of the Cosmos. Once regarded as oddities, they are now known to serve as powerful engines in the evolving life of galaxies.

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Kielder Camp Site

26th – 30th October: Kielder Forest Star Camp

The Kielder Forest Star Camp runs from Wednesday 26th to Sunday 30th October.

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).

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

Update: as of  22/10/16 non-electrical pitches may still be available available, contact Lynn via starcamp@sunderlandastro.com.

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22nd-23rd October: Kingcon- Comicon Convention at Stadium of Light

Sunderland Astronomical Society (SAS) have been invited to participate in the Kingcon Comicon Convention this year in/at the Stadium Of Light on the Saturday 22nd & 23rd October 2016.

Details are TBC, but here is what we have so far. There may be some solar observing outside and promoting astronomy & the society inside.

So if you have a telescope or not and just want to help out your society, contact:

visits-events@sunderlandastro.com or chairman@sunderlandastro.com for more information.

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16th October Lecture: Introduction in the Egyptian Belief in Astronomy

Barbara Atkinson (Volunteer)  will be giving a talk on “Introduction in the Egyptian Belief in Astronomy” on Sunday  16th October 2016 from 7 pm in the Discovery room of Washington Wetlands Centre .

Egypt’s most important star deities were those which were visible every night, and their belief was so strong that various tombs and temples had their ceilings decorated with views of the night sky.

Seti I and Rameses VI’s burial chambers depict these scenes as does the tomb of Senmut. These ‘astronomical ceilings” are amongst the most important surviving Egyptian “astronomical documents.”

Senmut’s tomb contains the ‘oldest and intact representations of the northern constellations, and is also ‘the earliest preserved ceiling discovered to date’.

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18th September Lecture: The Search for Intelligent Life & Cygnus Opening Ceremony

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Sir Arnold Wolfendale FRS. Emeritus Professor of Physics, 14th Astronomer Royal of Durham University will be giving a talk on “The Search for Intelligent Life” on Sunday  18th September 2016 from 7 pm in the Discovery room of Washington Wetlands Centre .

Are we alone in the Universe?’ It’s is one of the greatest questions of our age.
The lecture will deal with historical attitudes to this question and explore what we know of relevance.
With the help from the audience a conclusion of the likelihood of intelligent life out there will be arrived at or not, and the Sir Arnold will give his own conclusions.
The question of ‘where do we go from here?’ will also be examined.

So please come on down and see this world class speaker.

Cygnus Opening Ceremony

As you may know the Cygnus observatory is has a new observatory dome installed with a remote access dome control system.

Therefore  we have invited Sir Arnold Wolfendale FRS to officially open the Cygnus Opening Ceremony. Taking  place before the lecture on Sunday 18th September 2016 from 6:30 pm at the Cygnus observatory.

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Pow Hill Dark Sky Site

3rd July: My Journey into Astrophotography

On Sunday, July 3rd, at 7pm at the Discovery Room , Washington Wetlands Centre. Bring yourself and your laptops (if required) for this talk.

Summer surprise season continues tonight from 7 pm.
David Ettie’s is giving a  talk about his journey into Astrophotography.
Come down and enjoy the talk.

  • Who: David Ettie (SAS Committee Member)
  • When: Sunday, July 3rd at 7 pm.
  • Where: Discovery Room. Sunderland Astronomical Society, Washington.

Cost

  • SAS members:  free.
  • Non SAS members: Suggested society donation £3 (all donations go towards society fundraising).
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19th June – Day-time Photography Workshop

On the 3rd Sunday, June 19th, at 7pm at the Discovery Room , Washington Wetlands Centre. Bring your cameras, your memory cards and laptops.

Distinguished photographer & SAS member Larry Bedigan will be doing a hands on tutorial on how to take better (day-time) photographs followed by an introduction to Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop.

  • Who: Larry Bedigan 
  • When: Sunday, June 19 at 7 pm.
  • Where: Discovery Room. Sunderland Astronomical Society, Washington.

Cost

  • SAS members:  free.
  • Non SAS members: Suggested society donation £3.
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