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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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 Physics UCL, Royal Society…

The Federation of Astronomical Societies has published its Summer Newsletter.  The newsletter can be downloaded here (PDF). This issue of the newsletter provides details of the FAS Convention and AGM which will take place at the University of Birmingham later this month.  Find out more about the Federation of Astronomical Society by visiting its website: http://fedastro.org.uk  

Photo: Night sky over the thousand-year-old Knowlton Church on Cranborne Chase (Nigel Ball)

The Cranborne Chase AONB, the darkest place in south central England, is aiming to protect and develop its starry skies by way of an International Dark-Sky Association reserve status bid. The Wessex Astronomical Society and the BAA Commission for Dark Skies are helping with sky measurements, public awareness events and literature. Click here for more information. Photo: Night sky over…

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