September 2021 News Update

Dear SAS members, At our August Committee meeting the Committee discussed how we can start to return to normal and start meeting up in person again. The management of the Washington Wetlands Centre are still very cautious about mass gatherings indoors and have asked that we keep numbers to a minimum. Therefore, we have therefore…

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SAS Memberships – New Season 2021-2022

September is the start of our new season (September – August). SAS Memberships start form 1st September 2021 to 31st August 2022.   Free Membership Renewal (2021-2022) The SAS committee decided to wave the 2021 membership renewal fee for all existing members. This would normally have become due on 1st September, however as we have…

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11th September: SAS Starbeque

SAS Starbeque event at Derwent Reservoir Car Park. Date:  Saturday 11th September 2021, Time: From 7 pm until very late, observing afterwards if weather is favorable. Venue: Will take place at at Derwent Reservoir located at our Millshield dark sky site. This is our traditional celebration of the return of darker nights and, as in previous years…

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19th September Lecture(via Zoom): Astronomy in the North East

The North East of England has a rich astronomical heritage and this talk will examine a timeline which started in the Neolithic period right up to modern day research and the recent explosion in Astro tourism in our region. In this talk Graham will look at the people, organisations, places and practices which have often…

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8th October: Stargazing Event (Northumberland Park)

Back by popular demand, Sunderland Astronomical Society are will visiting Northumberland Park). Date: Friday 8th February 2021. Time: from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Entry: Free (Contributions to SAS fundraising nonetheless welcomed). SAS have been asked by the Northumberland Park (the park in North Shields) to hold a Stargazing event on Friday 8th October 2021 from 7.00pm till late.

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18th July: SAS Astrophotography Competition 2021 (via Facebook)

Hi Everyone,   The hope that Covid restrictions would have been lifted by now lead us delay the competition until July. However with the extension of distancing rules etc. to the 19th July, and possibly longer, the committee feel it would be wrong to delay it further.  The competition with therefore take place on Facebook…

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16th May Lecture: Visiting Virgo

The evening sky in Springtime allows astronomers to view a large number of distant objects called galaxies, centred around the starry pattern of Virgo. In this talk Dave Newton describes how the Virgo galaxy cluster is structured and explains what we are actually viewing, and: How this relates to our place in the Universe, How…

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21st March Lecture: The Legacy of the Hubble Space Telescope

In this talk Dr Steve Barrett will give a  brief history of the Hubble Space Telescope and a description of its legacy in terms of its scientific contributions to our understanding and the way that it touched the public consciousness. Hubble, the observatory, is the first major optical telescope to be placed in space, the…

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21st February Zoom Lecture: Is There Anybody There

David Ettie (SAS)  will give an overview of the prospects for life elsewhere in the Universe and a consideration (at times tongue in cheek) of the prospects for interstellar travel either by Humans or (in the opposite direction) Aliens. What are the prospects for future technologies both in terms of exploration and communication? Should we…

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