DERWENT to CYGNUS Charity Bike Ride

Sunday 8th June 2014 will be the date of the fundraising bike ride from our dark sky observing site at Derwent Reservoir to the Cygnus Observatory in Washington. The route is 28 miles and takes us on a mixture of C2C cycle paths and quiet country lanes.
The purpose of the bike ride is to raise funds for essential maintenance and upgrading of the Cygnus Public Observatory so also included is a sponsorship form which we encourage all participants to use.
Astrophotography Competition

Astrophotography Competition 2014

It is that time of the year again, the Sunderland Astronomical Society’s Astrophotography Competition will held on Sunday 18th May 2014, from 7:00 pm, where the best of our SAS astrophotography images will be displayed and voted on at this competition event.
Traditionally, this is our end-of-season meeting and consequently enjoys something of a more relaxed atmosphere.
This year there will be two categories on Solar System and Deep Sky,  in beginner, intermediate and advanced classes, and a winner and runners-up photos will be voted on for each category class.

16th March Lecture : Galactic Archaeology: Galaxies (past, present & future)

Update: 14/03/2014 – Chris Lintott has sent his apologies this morning Friday 14th March & had to cancel his visit and lecture on “Galactic Archaeology: Understanding the Universe’s past by looking at the present.” This is due to  “a major (potentially Nobel winning) discovery being announced on Monday and last minute television filming/studio schedule changes means he…