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.
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The explosion of the bright supernova SN 2017eaw in NGC 6946 is a unique opportunity to admire the beauty of the host galaxy. Here is is what we saw on 15 May 2017 thanks to Tenagra Observatories and The Virtual Telescope Project.
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Last chance to get tickets for Pint of Science - Sheffield! 🍻🔬
Our first night of events went down a storm and all remaining events, apart from 2 are now sold out! If you'd like to join the sciency-fun then get tickets for 'Charged and ready!' tonight 7pm at Couch Campo Lane and/or 'Alternatives to research requiring rodents' Wednesday 6pm at Sentinel Brewing Co.
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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+Innemail@example.com,-1.5797782,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x4879802d07425721:0xd1aaa51068ac2b23!8m2!3d53.3716013!4d-1.5775926
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