South Shields Astronomical Society (SSAS) was founded in 1957 and we meet on most Thursdays from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm between September and May in the Lecture Theatre in L Block at South Tyneside College.

The College is located at St. George’s Avenue in South Shields and the car park for L Block can be accessed from Grosvenor Road.

A yearly programme of meetings is prepared by the secretaries and includes speakers from Durham University, local societies and our own members. These talks are usually on a monthly basis and are interspersed with other events throughout the society year.

The society also holds an annual competition for observational work and for practical work to encourage members to display their current astronomical projects.

For more information about the society please contact Christine on 0191 4568584 or email

Lecture Meetings

Date Lecture Presenter
David Hughes
‘Towards Quantum Telescopes’, a look at the possible evolution of telescopes.
Dr Aglae Kellerer
Subject: TBC
Ian Wardlaw
‘Egyptian Astronomy’
Alan Hewitt

Lectures are also open to the general public and everyone is welcome. Free entry.


Date Event & Location Host(s)
Stars at Souter – a stargazing event hosted by The National Trust.
Telescopes and observing weather permitting 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm held at Souter Lighthouse, Whitburn SR6 7NH.
SSAS Committee
26 Feb-02 Mar-14
Kielder Star Camp @ Kielder camp site
Supported by SAS. For booking details contact
Lynn Henderson using

Events are open to the general public and everyone is welcome.

Observing Sessions

Date Event & Times Location
Dates TBC
SSAS Observing session
Starts from 7:30 pm
South Tyneside College car park

Observing sessions are also open to the general public who are more than welcome.

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