27th & 28th January: Moon Watch & Stargazing Event (Cygnus Observatory & Washington Wetlands Centre)

Back by popular demand, Sunderland Astronomical Society are will be hosting a unique Moon Watch and Stargazing event at our base of operations (Cygnus Observatory and Washington Wetlands Centre). Join Sunderland Astronomical Society for this public Moon Watch & Stargazing event. See the moon in stunning detail through many telescopes and enjoy a tour of…

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…

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…

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…

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…