All Society Gatherings At Wetlands Centre Suspended Until Further Notice

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Coronavirus issues update.

ALL SOCIETY GATHERINGS AT WETLANDS CENTRE SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

A committee meeting was held tonight 18th March and we took the decision to suspend, until further notice.

All Thursday and Sunday gatherings at the Washington wetlands centre.

We didn’t come to the decision lightly but the clear statement from the government and medical advisers is that all non essential gatherings are to stop.

A lot of our members who keep the society going by opening and closing and running the nights are in the high risk group and it will be irresponsible for us to put people at risk.

To do nothing at this time risks the reputation of our society.

We will still keep going in the virtual world so please continue to post your fantastic pictures and astronomy related articles on here. There may be possibilities of small outdoor only stargazing sessions in future so stay on the lookout.

I will post regular updates and news.

Take care and stay safe.

To to be clear.

ALL SOCIETY GATHERINGS AT WETLANDS CENTRE SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

The Sunderland Astronomical society Committee.

 
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15th March Lecture: Meteorites 101 – Up Close and personal (Postponed due to Corona Virus)

This sunday’s Lecture is Cancelled and postponed for a later date due to the Corona virus outbreak.

In view of the the present Corona Virus situation we regrettably need to take sensible measures and it necessary to cancel the SAS lecture this Sunday. 
As members will be in very close together and there is risk of spreading is at its highest in this sort of situation.
Additionally, it is recommend that our vulnerable members (we have quite a few with various ailments, age and other high risk factors) are recommended from attending the meeting or at the least point out the risk.
We will also conduct a risk assessment on our future meetings.
Also see our link to SAS Corona Virus Advise.
 

Get up close and personal with some 4.5 billion year old space rocks. 

Everything you wanted to know about Meteors, Meteoroids and Meteorites a journey back in time.

  • What they are?
  • Where do there come from?
  • What types are there?
  • How are the formed, composition?
  • What have meteorites ever done for us?
  • Etc.

In this interactive lecture  Michael Tweedy (our previous SAS Chairman)  gives some background information and shows his impressive & inspirational  meteorite collection.

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SAS trip to the National Space Centre (Leicester) – Summer 2020 – Poll

Sunderland Astronomical Society is planning another day trip for the forthcoming summer season (possibly July, August 2020 –  Date TBD). 

We are planning a trip for our SAS members to visit the National Space Centre in Leicester (https://spacecentre.co.uk)
We are hiring a coach for the day, leaving from and returning to Washington Wetlands Centre.

We’ve created this survey to ascertain numbers of people interested in joining us on this trip.
If you are interested in coming along for this trip, please complete the  questions below.

Go to poll 

This poll will close 26th January 2020.

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16th February Lecture: A guide to Messier 42 “M42” – incl. mind-blowing phenomena, etc

Messier 42 or M42 is one of the brightest, most widely known and easily observed objects in the Winter Sky.

And yet this stunning object is home to some utterly mind-blowing phenomena, many of which we have only just been discovered.

There’s also a darker side – M42 hides a deeper secret about it’s past.

Digging deeper yields a truly astonishing history, which may have serious consequences for life here on Earth!

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1st February: Moonwatch & Stargazing Event

Visit the Cygnus Observatory based at the Washington Wetlands Centre for an evening dedicated to our nearest celestial neighbour.

See the moon in stunning detail through many telescopes and enjoy a tour of the night skies from this welcoming and friendly group of amateur astronomers.

  • Powerful telescopes will be available to view:
  • The Moon.
  • Amazing stellar nursery, the Orion Nebula (M42).
  • Andromeda Galaxy (M31).
  • Amazing open star clusters including the spectacular “Seven Sisters”, (M45).
  • Plus many other astronomical wonders of the night sky.

Date: Saturday 1st February 2020.

Times: from 7:00 pm – 10:00pm.

Price: Free Entry (Ticket Booking required)

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19th January Lecture: SALT-HRS spectrograph

The SALT-HRS spectrograph has been developed and assembled between 2008 and 2013, with the main integration happening at the Centre for Advanced Instrumentation (CfAI) of Durham University.

Jurgen, himself member of the CfAI SALT-HRS team (and of Sunderland AS) provides an overview about astronomy in South Africa, the technical novelties of the 11m SALT telescope and some intimate details of how to assemble a large high resolution spectrograph that can be used to find extrasolar planets or to study stellar atmospheres.

At the end, Jurgen also presents some self-made images of the southern skies using a tracked camera at the observatory.

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15th December Lecture: Astronomy for Beginners

Astronomy for Beginners – A simplified view of the universe.

  • How to start observing by finding some of the main stars and constellations.
  • Understand how the stars appear to move across the sky.
  • Why does what we see in the night sky change with the seasons and where does Orion go in the summer?
  • What are stars and galaxies and how big is the universe.
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17th November Lecture: Gravitational Waves – Einstein, Einstein, give us a wave!

Just over one hundred years ago Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves on the basis of his General Theory of Relativity.

For over 20 years physicists have been trying to catch the first gravity wave without success until February 2016 when the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) announced that they had recorded the ripples from two black holes colliding.

The Dr Pete Edwards talk will focus on this historic discovery, the technology behind gravitational wave detectors and explore the dawn of multi-messenger astrophysics.

There are many wonderful images (public domain) at the LIGO website 

https://www.ligo.caltech.edu/images

Gravitational waves offer a new way to uncover the universe.

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Membership Subscription Renewals for 2019-2020

September is the start of our new season. SAS Memberships will be due from 1st September 2019 (payable throughout September) for this season 2019/2020.

Joining/Renewing helps support your local astronomical society & community.

So come on down to the Cygnus Observatory join or renew your SAS membership.

The SAS the largest & probably most active astronomical society’s in the North East, for advice, information, observing the night sky, and get together at various meet-ups, events, visits and join in the ‘Craic’ on all things astronomical.

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