Friday 20th October: Moon Watch & Stargazing Event (Cygnus Observatory & Washington Wetlands Centre)

Event is Cancelled Due to Extreme Weather Conditions. Watch this Space for an Alternative Date 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…

23rd September: SAS Starbeque

SAS Starbeque event at Derwent Reservoir Car Park. Date:  Saturday 23rd September 2023 Time: From 3 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 this season’s…

30th July: SAS Astrophotography Competition 2023 (voting via Facebook, award presentations at Wetlands)

Hi Everyone,   SUNDERLAND ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY ANNUAL PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION. SUNDAY 30th JULY 2023 PLEASE NOTE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE RULES ONLY POSTS THAT INCLUDE A SOCIETY MEMBER’S SUBMITTED PHOTOGRAPH AND IMAGE DETAILS ARE ALLOWED. OTHERS WILL BE REMOVED. PLEASE READ ALL THE RULES BEFORE POSTING. Here is your chance to show off your astronomical images…

18th June Lecture: Is Anybody There

Due to the late cancellation of the original speaker due to a family emergency, and back by popular demand our very own Mr David Ettie has offered to present “Is Anybody There?” What a complete Star and all-round good egg. David Ettie will give an overview of the prospects for life elsewhere in the Universe…

18th May SAS Visit- Wynyard Planetarium & Observatory

The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust have a birdwatching event on Thursday 18th May so the centre will not be available for our usual meeting that day. We have therefore decided to have a trip to Wynyard Planetarium and Observatory (http://www.wynyard-planetarium.net/) instead. Places are limited to 40, and members will need to make their own way…

16th April Lecture: Breaking News – Ultramassive black hole around 33 billion solar masses discovered by Durham UK astronomers

Breaking News An ultramassive black hole over 33 billion times the mass of the sun has been discovered by UK astronomers. Scientists from Durham University said the gargantuan black hole is one of the biggest ever found! The team, led by Durham University, UK, used gravitational lensing – where a foreground galaxy bends the light…