Welcome to Sunderland Astronomical Society

Sunderland Astronomical Society (SAS) was formed in July 1993 by an enthusiastic group of local amateur astronomers. We are one of most active and largest astronomical society’s in the North East with lots of things going on (for e.g. observing, related projects, astro events, meetings, lectures, visits, and outreach), so come on down and take a look.

Who We Are

SAS are a dynamic, active, open and friendly group of local amateur astronomers.

Our aim is to promote, inspire, inform, empower & advance the awareness & education of the public in the science of Astronomy and related subjects.

SAS in one of the largest, if not the largest and most active astronomical society in the North East.

We support the whole of Tyne & Wear community and North East region with anything astronomical.

What We Do

We cater for all levels of Astronomy interest and experience.

We are especially pleased to welcome newcomers into the fascinating study of the heavens.

Regularly provide astronomically themed talks, observing sessions, projects & workshops in schools, at other venues/establishments, within the North East region at  our public observatory at the Washington Wetlands Centre.

We run outreach projects & programs that are recognised by NASA outreach.

Especially interested in  Schools, Cubs, Brownie and Scout groups of all ages to inspire, empower & learn about astronomy and view the night sky.

When We Meet

SAS Workshops at WWT

Our season runs from September to September each year.

See our Events Calendar for all our SAS related events, for e.g. visits, lectures, public outreach, local community engagement events, etc.

We hold meetings on:

  • Every Thursday (open to the public).
  • 1st Sunday (informal get together).
  • 2nd Sunday (Astro workshops & observing.
  • 3rd Sunday of each (Astro related lecture).
  • 4th Sunday (informal get together)

All at the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, Washington, in the Discovery Centre.

Astro related lectures  and Astro workshops from 7 pm.

Other meetings from 6 pm over the dark nights (this is subject to volunteer availability and the weather conditions).

Meetings are free to attend, so you can come along and see if the Society is for you before you join up.

Also to socialize and join in the craic on all things space & astronomical.

Meeting Dates each month

Each Thursday of each month

Every Thursday: Open to the Public, all year round.

Held in the Discovery Room of Wetlands Centre, and in and around our Cygnus Observatory where our members  meet and greet members of the public, potential/new members and show them around and what SAS are all about.

Members also help the those new to the science to get acquainted with their instruments and with finding objects in the night sky.

For more information on SAS activities and other events, see our Society News and/or Events Calendar web pages.

 

Each Sunday of each month

Every Sunday: Originally informal. Now  it’s held all year round.

Held in the Discovery Room of Wetlands Centre, where our more experienced astronomers help the those new to the science to get acquainted with their instruments and with finding objects in the night sky.

For more information on SAS activities and other events, see our Society News and/or Events Calendar web pages.

 

2nd Sunday of each month

SAS Workshops at WWT

On the 2nd Sunday of each month:

Held all year round, Workshop Meetings are held in the Discovery Room of Wetlands Centre, where our more experienced astronomers help the those new to the science to get acquainted with their instruments and with finding objects in the night sky.

For more information on SAS activities and other events, see our Society News and/or Events Calendar web pages.

 

3rd Sunday of each month

SAS Lecture

On the 3rd Sunday of each month: From September to August each year, lecture meetings are held and feature a talk lasting around 40 to 60+ minutes, either by a visiting professional astronomer or an experienced amateur astronomer.

The Cygnus observatory will be open afterwards for observing if weather is permitting.

For more information on lectures, see our Society News and/or Events Calendar web pages.

Opening Times

Opening Times

The Cygnus Observatory & Society will be open on the following days of each month for observing, workshop meetings. tutorials and lecture meetings.

  • All observatory open times & society activities will be dependent upon weather conditions and available volunteers.
  • Close times can be extended on the evening for the observatory and member observing, dependant upon available volunteers and weather conditions.
    • At the discretion of SAS commitee members on the evening.

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Latest News

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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SAS September Update

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19th/26th September: SAS Starbeque (Postponed)

Update as of 14-09-20: 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 not able…

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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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Virtual Society Meetings Thursdays on ZOOM.

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SAS August Update

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17th May: SAS Astrophotography Competition 2020 (via Facebook)

Hi everyone,   We hope you are all bearing up in these strange times.   The month of May is traditionally the time of our society astrophotography competition. We have been considering if we can still do this this year and we think it will be possible via Facebook.   We want to keep this…

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All Society Gatherings At Wetlands Centre Suspended Until Further Notice

Important please read Coronavirus issues update. ALL SOCIETY GATHERINGS AT WETLANDS CENTRE SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE A committee meeting was held tonight 18th March and we took the decision to suspend, until further notice. All Thursday and Sunday gatherings at the Washington wetlands centre. We didn’t come to the decision lightly but the clear statement…

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