On Wednesday July 20th Worthing Astronomical Society will receive a talk from the noted author and broadcaster Jane Green F.R.A.S. on the subject "Bright Lights and the Cosmos". We would like to invite members of other local societies and the public to Jane's talk. The venue for her talk is the United Reformed Church Hall, Heene Road, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 4SD…

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CONVENTION SEATS SOLD OUT SAGAS is pleased to announce that its popular Summer Convention will take place on Saturday 16 July 2016 at the Barn Theatre, Southwick, West Sussex.  The theme of this year's convention is "Seeing and Understanding". Speakers at this year's convention are: William Joyce, former Lecturer at The Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux Prof Lucie Green. Professor of…

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Astronomers from around the SAGAS area are delighted that the South Downs National Park Authority has now been awarded the much coveted International Dark Sky Reserve Status. A number of local societies have for the past 3 years been working closely with with South Downs National Park Authority, the South Downs Planetarium and Local Authority lighting engineers to have the South Downs…

The first Astrophotography competition for members of the Hampshire Astronomical Group was held in memory of Phil Russell, a long standing member and excellent astronomical photographer, who died suddenly in early 2014. Phil Russell, was a retired physicist and had a well equipped observatory at his home in Alresford. He was well known for sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm for…

To celebrate the discovery of Gravitational Waves, the University of Surrey is holding a series of short talks.  The aim of these talks is explain what gravitational waves are; why they are so exciting; and the implications of these results for astronomy and physics as a whole. Speakers include two astronomers Prof Justin Read and Dr Alessia Gualandris, a photonics…

Download PDF version 1. TITLE The organisation shall be called “Southern Area Group of Astronomical Societies” (SAGAS). 2. DEFINITIONS a. Society: a society that is a paid up member of SAGAS b. Member: a person that is a paid up member of a Society c. Delegate: a Member appointed by a Society as its representative to SAGAS. d. AGM: Annual General Meeting 3. AIM 3.1. The aim of…

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On the 11th April 2016 , 53 retired Branch Bankers and friends made a return visit to the South Downs Planetarium in Chichester. This was the second visit to the Planetarium that had been arranged by the Chairman of Crawley Astronomical Society for his ex colleagues. The previous visit having taken place two years previously on the 4th April 2014.that…

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Foredown Tower Astronomers held its "Sir Patrick Moore Memorial Moon Watch" at Hangleton Manor, Portslade, Brighton.  There was no chance of seeing the Moon on Thursday, April 14th, but the "Watch" was not a write off.  A couple of small presentations were given and some members of the Adur Astronomical Society came along. We had three types of telescopes and we explained their different function to some customers…

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