Category Archives: Outreach

Partial Solar Eclipse March 2015

Now the dust has settled and we can draw breath again it’s time to post an update from our Eclipse event. Our preparations for the event started in January, when we formed an organising sub-committee, with our acting Vice President, Geoff Charlton at its head. This involved a few “fact-finding missions” (or going to the

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Partial Solar Eclipse from the Frozen North

A few brave society members travelled about as far as you can go without leaving the mainland to experience the partial solar eclipse of 20th March 2015 at over 95% of totality. Observing from a cottage overlooking the sea near the Caithness town of Wick, the eclipse was clearly visible from first to last contact.

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2014-01-16 Lydgate Juniors Outreach

A full house of children and adults enjoyed a great evening of astronomy at Lydgate Junior school.  They learned about Jupiter and Orion and found out what it takes to be an astronomer.

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2013-10-23 Off The Shelf

We were invited to Totley Library to give a few talks as part of the Sheffield ‘Off the Shelf’ festival – a festival of words. An audience of about 30 turned up and enjoyed a talk by Mike on ‘Navigating the Night Sky’ and ‘Tour of the Planets’ by Carl.

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2013-07-13 Sungazing Live

Record temperatures of 29 degC and a only partially cloudy sky attracted many visitors to our Sungazing Live event at Mayfield.  Lots of flares seen through our H-alpha scope and some decent astrophotographs taken too.  A local newspaper reporter was impressed by our setup and we hope he can get an article published soon, detailing

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2013-07-06 Walkley Festival

A lovely sunny day greeted us at the Bole Hills bowling green when we set up our solar viewing equipment ready for Sungazing Live.  This was part of the Walkley Festival and after 3 hours in the Sun, we retreated into the bowling green clubhouse for a series of astronomical talks. A great day with

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2013-02-15 The Three Merry Lads

Our first “Astronomy in the Pub” venture went very well with an enthusiastic audience of over 100 people who managed to see Jupiter and Orion during cloud breaks as well as be entertained by several talks in the pub.

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2013-02-06 Astronaut Tim Peake visits SAS

Over 150 of us enjoyed a great talk in Sheffield University’s magnificent Firth Hall from the first British ESA astronaut, Tim Peake. He told us about the life and the tough training of an astronaut and how the future of manned space exploration may develop. Several schools and student groups attended and we all learned

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2013-01-17 Lydgate Junior School

We were invited to Lydgate Junior school to present “An Evening of Astronomy” which was a great success, with around 120 children and adults listening to a series of talks, playing with our Mars Rover and taking away lots of freebies to inspire them to find out more about astronomy and space.

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2013-01-12 Stargazing Live at Mayfield

Our Stargazing Live event was a great success despite a mainly cloudy sky.  Over 120 people enjoyed a series of interesting talks, looked at our impressive displays and chatted to our knowledgeable astronomers.  A few even managed to see Jupiter and its moons before the clouds rolled in.  A great evening.

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