19th June Lecture: “Getting to know the size of space”

We Astronomers are fond of telling anyone who will listen about the enormity of space. Quoting how many light years it is to that star or this Galaxy, but how do we know? Who worked it all out? When did they do it? How did they do it? The talk is a journey of thousands…

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3rd July 2022 – SAS trip to the National Space Centre (Leicester)

Sunderland Astronomical Society is planning another day trip for the forthcoming summer season. We are planning a trip for our SAS members to visit the National Space Centre in Leicester (https://spacecentre.co.uk) We are hiring a coach for the day, leaving from and returning to Washington Wetlands Centre. We (Sunderland Astro) are hoping to re commence…

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20th February Zoom Lecture: Robotics in Space

In this fascinating and wide scoping  talk Graham Edwards will talk about robotics from early day automatons from past, their use in science fiction to their current use through to artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. The scope of this talk is quite wide so the areas will be covered briefly and Graham hopes light…

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Cygnus Observatory Open

The Cygnus Observatory is now opening on every Thursday and Sunday evening to SAS Members and Non Members alike from 7 pm – 9 pm. However,  this is providing that we have available SAS volunteers (key holders) to open /close the observatory/site and the weather is favorable for astronomy/observing purposes. Not a member yet. Want to join…

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19th December Lectures(via Zoom): 1. Star of Bethlehem 2. Science of Santa

  There are 2 short talks for our SAS Christmas/festive themed Lectures in December: Star of Bethlehem. A light-hearted look at the Gospel of St Matthew. What are the astronomical candidates for the Star of Bethlehem? How well do they fit the account? Do known events fit the timeline of the nativity? Science of Santa…

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30th December: Christmas Virtual Benker Night

Sunderland Astro Xmas Virtual Benker night. Traditionally between Christmas and New Year, but under the current Pandemic Restrictions it’s going to be 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. Zoom Members Meeting password (begins with…

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SAS Memberships – New Season 2021-2022

September is the start of our new season (September – August). SAS Memberships start form 1st September 2021 to 31st August 2022.   Free Membership Renewal (2021-2022) The SAS committee decided to wave the 2021 membership renewal fee for all existing members. This would normally have become due on 1st September, however as we have…

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24th October – Sunderland Astronomical Society AGM (Via Zoom)

The Sunderland Astronomical Society AGM (Via Zoom) will be taking place on Sunday 24th October 2020 from 7:00 pm. Zoom AGM meeting details will be distributed via our SAS SMS text service or upon request from  zoom-meetings@sunderlandastro.com.  SAS members are invited to attend, listen to chair’s reports and vote in the election of the committee and nominations are…

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