27th December: Christmas Virtual Benker Night

Sunderland Astro Xmas Virtual Benker night. Traditionally between Christmas and New Year but under current Pandemic Restrictions it’s virtual. If you attend we will enlighten you on what the Benker Night means?, Nothing wrong with an incentive to try to get people to come along. Featuring Graham Darke’s traditional Christmas Quiz, unlike at the the…

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17th January Zoom Lecture: Black holes that feed on galaxies

At the heart of almost every massive galaxy, there is a super-massive black hole. We see evidence in astronomical observations that these super-massive black holes are linked to the global properties of the galaxies in which they reside. One of the biggest open questions in astronomy today is: how do super-massive black holes impact galaxy…

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20th December Zoom Lecture: The Universe Through Tinted Glasses

This talk is about filters and how they are used in astronomy. Amongst astronomical equipment, filters are playing a bit of a shadow role with being small and quickly over- or underrated in their efficiency. While solar filters are mandatory, other filters can prove to be very useful when knowing a bit more about them.…

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15th November: SAS Zoom Lecture – The Plumes of Enceladus

In this talk Dr Chris Aldridge will explore the discovery of plumes erupting from the south polar region of Saturn’s moon Enceladus. Chris will talk about: The discovery itself, How the Cassini mission studied the plumes, And what we’ve learned about them and Enceladus. Please support  your society if you can make it. When Who Where…

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SAS Meetings Sundays via ZOOM (Open to the Public).

VIRTUAL SOCIETY MEETING THURSDAYS ON ZOOM (Open to the Public). START TIME:  7.00pm END TIME:  Usually around 9:00pm There is no formal subject just general astronomy chat for people whom are interested in AStronomy, stargazing , the night sky, etc. We get lots of questions on Facebook asking for advice and opinions on equipment and…

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25th October – Sunderland Astronomical Society AGM (Via Zoom)

The Sunderland Astronomical Society AGM (Via Zoom) will be taking place on Sunday 25th October 2020 from 7:00 pm. Zoom AGM meeting details will be distributed via our SAS SMS text service or upon request from  zoom-meetings@sunderlandastro.com.  SAS members are invited to attend, listen to chair’s reports and vote in the election of the committee and nominations are…

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SAS Meetings Thursdays via ZOOM.

VIRTUAL SOCIETY MEETING THURSDAYS ON ZOOM. START TIME:  7.00pm END TIME:  Usually around 9:00pm There is no formal subject just general astronomy chat. We get lots of questions on Facebook asking for advice and opinions on equipment and observing, so now is your chance to ask directly some of our senior members. We will give…

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Membership Subscription Renewals for 2020-2021

SAS Memberships will be due from 1st September 2020 (payable throughout September) for this season 2020/2021. Joining/Renewing helps support your local astronomical society & community.   In this special year when we can’t meet as we would like, and haven’t been able to do our fundraising events your membership subscriptions are even more important to help keep…

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20th September Lecture(via Zoom): Astronomy from Towns & Suburbs

In this talk Graham Darke (SAS President) will explain how we can optimise our observing and equipment for urban locations which is something that we have all had to contend with during the pandemic lockdown. Graham will look at how we can still get the most out of observing time despite the challenges that urban…

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SAS September Update

Sunderland Astro September UPDATE. Hi Everyone, The committee held a Zoom meeting yesterday to discuss the current society issues and the latest government statements on Coronavirus, in particular the new “Rule of 6″. After taking advice and considering the safety of our members and the reputation of the society we decided that we are still…

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