- Planets – a few facts
Unfortunately, this event has now been cancelled due to the ongoing Coronavirus situation.
Firstly we hope you remain safe and well and are following the latest Government advice in these difficult times.
Obviously all society activity has ceased for the foreseeable future – there will be no more meetings until the situation is over.
Since we do not expect you to pay for something that is no longer available, we will extend subscription periods as follows:
Members whose subscriptions are due but cannot pay for whatever reason will have their membership extended for the duration of the crisis.
Example: Your subscription is due in March but normality is not resumed until June.Your annual subscription would fall due in June and your membership would be deemed continuous.Your annual subscriptions thereafter would continue to fall due in June of subsequent years.
Members who have already paid will have their membership period extended by the same amount of time.
Example: You paid your subscription in September 2019 but normality is not resumed until June.Your next subscription would fall due 3 months later in December 2020.
The Annual General Meeting will be scheduled on the 4th Tuesday of the first month we can resume activities.
The Steve Adams Lecture will continue to fall on the second Tuesday of June, so there will not be one this year
On behalf of the committee I would like to thank you for your support and we hope to see you all as soon as is possible.
The Society will follow the Government’s advice with regard to public safety relating to COVID-19 (“Coronavirus”) precautions. As such, we have taken the decision to cancel events until Government advice recommends otherwise.
While our meetings in no way constitute a “mass public gathering”, we need to make every effort to ensure the safety of our members and visitors.
We will notify any changes by email, here on the SAS website and on the Facebook group.
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Unfortunately this event was cancelled early by the organisers due to the Coronavirus situation. It’s a shame because it was quite spectacular, however under the circumstances the organisers were left with little choice in the interest of public safety.
We were invited to give a few talks, set up some displays and maybe do some observing if weather allowed.
The weather finally co-operated on Sunday evening, although the light pollution in central Sheffield washed out all but the brightest objects. In spite of this, we still managed to observe Venus, Aldebaran, Alcor & Mizar, and a few other interesting celestial objects.
We joined the fine folks from Sheffield Hallam University up at the Norfolk Arms on Ringinglow Road for an evening of talks and telescopes.
Although the full moon and the street lighting were washing out deep sky objects, the waxing gibbous moon offered some wonderful views of craters Schickard, Nasmyth and Phocylides near the terminator in the picture above. We also took in M45 Pleiades and of course the beautiful Venus which is in a waning gibbous phase.
Over the last few months we have had a number of issues raised with our e-mail list. The mailing list we have been using goes back for a lot of years, and due to the feedback received, the committee has decided to delete all addresses on the mailing list and start again.
In the interim, only paid-up members of the society will receive e-mail notification of any changes to events until we have a new system in-place to manage the general mailing list. For details on any changes to events, the best places to look will be under the events section of this website, or the Facebook group.
21st September and it’s the first public astronomy session of the season. Located at the Sportsman pub, on Redmires Road, West of Sheffield, we had lots of visitors. Importantly though, we had a clear sky!
We set up in the daylight as the sun went down. As the sky darkened we were able to show people Jupiter and Saturn low in the Southern sky. Darker still, there were star clusters, gas clouds, a planetary nebula and even a galaxy or two.
The evening wasn’t without problems though, being the first session of the season. Despite rigorous checks being carried out on the equipment, two of the telescopes decided they would throw a wobbly. This didn’t deter people, and we even had some non-members bring their telescopes along. We were able to give them some good pointers on how to use them.
The thin veil of cloud that descended eventually thickened to the point of obscurity. By ten pm we decided to pack up. For a first session of the season, it was pretty good. If you weren’t there, it’s a pity, but we hope to see you at the next one.