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The Sheffield Astronomical Society has around 100 members and serves Sheffield, South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire. The society holds several meetings each month including observational sessions of the sun and the night sky. Sungazing sessions are held between the months of April and August in the Sheffield Botanical Gardens, where we use a variety of specialist equipment to view the sun in complete safety. Using this equipment, members of the public can see sunspots, prominences, solar flares and other features of our star. Sungazing sessions start at 12:00 and run until 16:00. Stargazing sessions are held between the months of September and March at The Sportsman Inn on Redmires Road. Using the society telescopes, members of the public can join us in viewing stars, galaxies, nebulae, open and globular clusters and the moons and planets of the solar system. Stargazing sessions start at 19:30 and can last into the early hours if the skies are clear. Both stargazing and sungazing sessions are very dependant upon our changeble British weather, so please observe the facebook group or call the SAS hotline on 7852 298 612 if you are unsure. Beginner's Evenings are speaking events held at the Ranmoor Parish Centre where society members present on various astronomical phenomenon. Speaker's Evenings are speaking events also held at the Ranmoor Parish Centre where an external speaker from the astronomical community is invited to deliver a presentation. Speaking events start at 19:45 and run until no later than 22:00. This is an open Facebook group with little moderation and we would like it to stay that way. Please post responsibly. Spamming will not be tolerated.
Carl Davies
Carl Davies23/02/2017 at 10:25am
Google are quick - check out today's Doodle !
Chris Walker
Chris Walker22/02/2017 at 5:46pm
For anyone interested, there's a link in the picture description.
Andrew Gilhooley
Andrew Gilhooley21/02/2017 at 10:08pm
Moons ...
Gianluca Masi
Gianluca Masi21/02/2017 at 12:18pm
A stunning image of comet 2P/Encke, captured a few hours ago from the legendary sky of Southern Arizona, as part of a cooperation between the Virtual Telescope Project and Tenagra Observatories, Ltd..
Image by Gianluca Masi (VT) and Michael Schwartz (TO)

Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown19/02/2017 at 11:08am
Venus is really bright at sunset today on the island. Mars hasn't come into full view just yet.
Gianluca Masi
Gianluca Masi18/02/2017 at 3:38pm
Here it is a nice image of comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova, captured on 16 Feb. as part of a new, important cooperation between the Virtual Telescope Project and Tenagra Observatories ltd, which will be announced soon!

Gianluca Masi
Gianluca Masi17/02/2017 at 11:50am
Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann new fragment bt, imaged yesterday as part of a new, important cooperation between the Virtual Telescope Project and Tenagra Observatories ltd, which will be announced soon!

Vince Sellars
Vince Sellars16/02/2017 at 6:40pm
Venus + Mars (peeping through gaps between the branches of a nut tree!). At magnitude -4.6 tonight (and for the next few days), Venus is now shining as bright on the western horizon as it is going to get.
Gianluca Masi
Gianluca Masi11/02/2017 at 1:25pm
Images and podcast from the 10 Feb. Penumbral Lunar Eclipse available via the Virtual Telescope Project!

Gianluca Masi
Gianluca Masi10/02/2017 at 9:37pm
Penumbral lunar eclipse: live coverage online,in 45 minutes, via the Virtual Telescope Project!


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Sheffield Astronomical Society17/01/2017 at 1:57pm
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Sheffield Astronomical Society21/12/2016 at 11:29am
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Sheffield Astronomical Society19/12/2016 at 6:09pm
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Physics and Astronomy at The University of Sheffield
"If you want to teach effectively, one of the things you have to do is grab people's attention." Dr Ed Daw is a Reader/Lecturer in Physics at the University of Sheffield. Ed was part of a team that confirmed the existence of gravitational waves, 100 years after Einstein’s prediction, heralding a new frontier in astrophysics and cosmology. Here he explains how his love of the blues influences the way he teaches. #MotivationalMonday
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Sheffield Astronomical Society09/10/2016 at 11:08am
Please take a look at our Facebook Group!
https://www.facebook.com/groups/sheffieldastro/
Sheffield Astronomical Society
Sheffield Astronomical Society08/10/2016 at 10:05am
International Observe the Moon Night: it's on!!!
Starts at 7 p.m at the Sportsman Inn:
https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Sportsman+Inn/@53.3715488,-1.5797782,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x4879802d07425721:0xd1aaa51068ac2b23!8m2!3d53.3716013!4d-1.5775926
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Sheffield Astronomical Society17/05/2016 at 11:42am
Good time for a bit of Mars watching, although it's not that close and down in the gunk: http://www.nakedeyeplanets.com/mars-oppositions.htm#oppdata
Sheffield Astronomical Society
Sheffield Astronomical Society24/04/2016 at 9:44am
82 years old today!!!
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Sheffield Astronomical Society20/03/2016 at 1:55pm
For sale ...
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Sheffield Astronomical Society29/02/2016 at 7:49pm
FYI:
Following the unprecedented demand at the original talk on the 16th February Dr Daw has agreed to repeat the talk on Wednesday 9th March.

Here is the message from Dr Daw.

Hello Everyone

I will give my talk entitled 'First Direct Detection of Gravitational Waves with LIGO' for the second time on Wednesday 9th March at 5pm, in Lecture Theatre 1 of the Diamond. All are welcome, but especially people who showed up on February 16th but couldn't get in to the lecture theatre due to crowding. Lecture Theatre 1 seats 400, so this time there should be plenty of space for all.


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18/02/2017 at 7:43am
Looks like we're going to be clouded out so we won't be at the Sportsman this evening. Sorry folks. 🙁
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12/11/2016 at 8:53am
Weather has beaten us again. Forecast is poor and the ground at the Sportsman will be swampy. Sorry folks but no stargazing this evening.
29/09/2016 at 3:06pm
Retweeted ESA Rosetta Mission @ESA_Rosetta):

Many thanks to my scientists back home who are piecing together... https://t.co/fyYQ4pCcAu
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27/09/2016 at 3:43pm
Tonight's Beginner's Evening topic is The Zodiac!

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