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Sheffield Astronomical Society

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.
Andrew Gilhooley
Andrew Gilhooley11/12/2017 at 10:04am
100 years until the next Venus transit. Are we setting a date?
Vince Sellars
Vince Sellars12/12/2017 at 10:55am
Searching for a magnitude 9 globular cluster (C25) when a 'dart' appeared in the frame of a high ISO, short exposure (it shows in top right corner of this short, 2 frame video loop). From the direction, I believe it may have been a Geminid meteor.
Ben Longden
Ben Longden12/12/2017 at 5:09pm
Rather pleased with this. Won the postcard in a Twitter competition from the ESA! 😁
Vince Sellars
Vince Sellars12/12/2017 at 5:06pm
Star cluster NGC2281 'broken' by an 'arrow' passing through it; so now I know why it is called the Broken Heart Cluster!
Cis Heaviside
Cis Heaviside11/12/2017 at 10:05pm
I am not going to make it to the meeting tomorrow
But this should*
Some of you will know what it is....

*if this doesn't appear, have a word with Stephen Jackson
Gianluca Masi
Gianluca Masi10/12/2017 at 6:42pm
HOW FAR IS PHAETHON? FIND IT YOURSELF!! Funny astronomical homework: we measured the parallax of asteroid (3200) Phaethon and its distance, after imaging it at the very same time from Virtual Telescope Project (italy) and Tenagra Observatories, Ltd. This is a very educational way to see the importance of our partnership!

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Sheffield Astronomical Society24/03/2017 at 12:45pm
Don't forget, we will be at the Sportsman Inn Lodge Moor on Saturday 25th March for our last observing event of the season. (postponed form last week) - NOTE: New Start time of 19:30 to give it time to get dark.
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SOLAR is a new art walking app for Sheffield inspired by our Solar System. Created by Sheffield Hallam's Walking Arts Research Group, Epiphany VR and Opus Independents. Available from 6pm on the 8th March.
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Sheffield Astronomical Society11/03/2017 at 11:02am
Listen now. Sheffield Live radio.

On 93.2fm or

Trish Kapur and I are on now!
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21/10/2017 at 8:08am
Strong winds and rain so tonight's stargazing is cancelled. πŸ™ International Observe the Moon Night is next Saturday
18/03/2017 at 12:58pm
Unlikely to be any stars this evening at the Sportsman Inn, so we're cancelling tonight and trying again next week. Sorry folks πŸ™
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. πŸ™
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...

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Sheffield England United Kingdom
December 13, 2017, 03:22
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current pressure: 1000 mb
humidity: 95%
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