18th July: SAS Astrophotography Competition 2021 (via Facebook)

Hi Everyone,   We hope you are all bearing up in these challenging times.   Usually the month of May is traditionally the time of our society astrophotography competition. However we have delayed the competition until July to see if social distancing restrictions may be relaxed enough and is safe to hold the competition at…

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16th May Lecture: Visiting Virgo

The evening sky in Springtime allows astronomers to view a large number of distant objects called galaxies, centred around the starry pattern of Virgo. In this talk Dave Newton describes how the Virgo galaxy cluster is structured and explains what we are actually viewing, and: How this relates to our place in the Universe, How…

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21st March Lecture: The Legacy of the Hubble Space Telescope

In this talk Dr Steve Barrett will give a  brief history of the Hubble Space Telescope and a description of its legacy in terms of its scientific contributions to our understanding and the way that it touched the public consciousness. Hubble, the observatory, is the first major optical telescope to be placed in space, the…

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21st February Zoom Lecture: Is There Anybody There

David Ettie (SAS)  will give an overview of the prospects for life elsewhere in the Universe and a consideration (at times tongue in cheek) of the prospects for interstellar travel either by Humans or (in the opposite direction) Aliens. What are the prospects for future technologies both in terms of exploration and communication? Should we…

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17th January Zoom Lecture: Black holes that feed on galaxies

At the heart of almost every massive galaxy, there is a super-massive black hole. We see evidence in astronomical observations that these super-massive black holes are linked to the global properties of the galaxies in which they reside. One of the biggest open questions in astronomy today is: how do super-massive black holes impact galaxy…

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27th December: Christmas Virtual Benker Night

Sunderland Astro Xmas Virtual Benker night. Traditionally between Christmas and New Year but under current Pandemic Restrictions it’s virtual. 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. Featuring Graham Darke’s traditional Christmas Quiz, unlike at the the…

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20th December Zoom Lecture: The Universe Through Tinted Glasses

This talk is about filters and how they are used in astronomy. Amongst astronomical equipment, filters are playing a bit of a shadow role with being small and quickly over- or underrated in their efficiency. While solar filters are mandatory, other filters can prove to be very useful when knowing a bit more about them.…

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15th November: SAS Zoom Lecture – The Plumes of Enceladus

In this talk Dr Chris Aldridge will explore the discovery of plumes erupting from the south polar region of Saturn’s moon Enceladus. Chris will talk about: The discovery itself, How the Cassini mission studied the plumes, And what we’ve learned about them and Enceladus. Please support  your society if you can make it. When Who Where…

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SAS Meetings Sundays via ZOOM (Open to the Public).

VIRTUAL SOCIETY MEETING THURSDAYS ON ZOOM (Open to the Public). START TIME:  7.00pm END TIME:  Usually around 9:00pm There is no formal subject just general astronomy chat for people whom are interested in AStronomy, stargazing , the night sky, etc. We get lots of questions on Facebook asking for advice and opinions on equipment and…

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