Cygnus Observatory Open

The Cygnus Observatory is now opening on every Thursday and Sunday evening to SAS Members and Non Members alike from 7 pm – 9 pm. However,  this is providing that we have available SAS volunteers (key holders) to open /close the observatory/site and the weather is favorable for astronomy/observing purposes. Not a member yet. Want to join…

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19th December Lectures(via Zoom): 1. Star of Bethlehem 2. Science of Santa

  There are 2 short talks for our SAS Christmas/festive themed Lectures in December: Star of Bethlehem. A light-hearted look at the Gospel of St Matthew. What are the astronomical candidates for the Star of Bethlehem? How well do they fit the account? Do known events fit the timeline of the nativity? Science of Santa…

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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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24th October – Sunderland Astronomical Society AGM (Via Zoom)

The Sunderland Astronomical Society AGM (Via Zoom) will be taking place on Sunday 24th 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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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 Event – Pre-Book Tickets on Eventbrite 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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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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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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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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