18th December Lecture: The Far Side of the Moon

The Moon is a shy body, it only ever shows one sides of itself to the  Earth. Before the space age we had no idea what was on the far side of the Moon. This has led to a number of conspiracy theories that it is a haven for aliens.  In this talk, we’ll chart the…

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29th December: Christmas Benker Night

Sunderland Astro Xmas Benker night. Traditionally between Christmas and New Year has been our night (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. Thursday 29th December 2022 at the Washington Wetlands Centre, from 7.00pm.

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20th November Lecture: The Pluto Story

This talk is all about Pluto, how it was discovered in 1930 and how discovery and observations of KBOs eventually led the International Astronomical Union (IAU) in 2006 to declassify Pluto from being a planet. Although ‘what is a planet?’ Might seem to be an easy question to answer, it turns out that the ensuing…

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16th October – Sunderland Astronomical Society AGM

The Sunderland Astronomical Society AGM (Via Zoom) will be taking place on Sunday 16th 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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7th October – Stargazing Spectacular at St Mary’s Light House

SAS have been invited by St Mary’s Lighthouse & Visitor Centre to participate in this event:  observing, talks & SAS stuff at St Mary’s lighthouse on Friday 7th October 2022. This is one of the biggest annual events in our calendar and it’s not too late to decide to come, we always need as many…

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18th September Lecture: Now you see it, now you don’t

The search for Vulcan (not that one!) and other solar system enigmas The history of astronomy is littered with ‘sightings’ of objects that subsequently turned out not to exist.    Some of these observations were from reputable observers.   What was going on?   In this talk, Ann will describe several examples including the famous intra-Mercurial ‘planet’ Vulcan. In this…

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SAS Memberships – New Season 2022-2023

September is the start of our new season. SAS Memberships will be due from 1st September 2022 (payable throughout September) for this season 2022/2023 Joining/Renewing helps support your local astronomical society & community. So come on down to the Cygnus Observatory (based at the Washington Wetlands Centre) to  join or renew your SAS membership. The SAS is the largest…

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3rd September: SAS Starbeque

SAS Starbeque event at Derwent Reservoir Car Park. Date:  Saturday 3trd September 2022 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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28th August: SAS Astro boot Sale

Astro Boot.  Come down to the Wetlands Centre and sell your unwanted astro gear. You can post you items for sale on our related FB pages. We have accumulated a lot of astro gear over the over the last few years and we’re running out of space. We’re therefore holding an Astroboot sale on Sunday…

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21st August Lecture: The ABC of Galaxy Evolution

In this talk Dr Steve Barrett will give an overview in the ABC of galaxy evolution from the Big Bang to their evolution. Accretion Galaxies were formed by matter created in the Big Bang accreting under the influence of gravity. Black Holes Supermassive black holes are at the centres of galaxies; some are very active,…

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17th July Lecture: “Astronomy for Seniors”

A view of one ,old, mans approach to astro-imaging and the journey that let him to it, in addition to an overview of the methods he uses it also covers the mistakes and lessons learned along the way.   The talk will held at the Washington Wetlands Centre on Sunday 17th July If you haven’t…

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19th June Lecture: “Getting to know the size of space”

We Astronomers are fond of telling anyone who will listen about the enormity of space. Quoting how many light years it is to that star or this Galaxy, but how do we know? Who worked it all out? When did they do it? How did they do it? The talk is a journey of thousands…

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