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The SAGAS 2016 Summer Convention was held on Saturday 16th July  at the Barn Theatre, Southwick West Sussex, arranged and jointly hosted by  Adur A.S. and Crawley A.S. Summer Conventions are always a highlight in the Astronomical Calendar and greatly anticipated by the members of the twenty seven Societies that now comprise the SAGAS Organisation.  This year attendees at the Convention were…

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…

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…

Paul Curtis (Andover AS) has sent us the wonderful image above of the Lunar Eclipse which took place in the early hours of 28th September 2015.  This eclipse took place at "Lunar Perigee" when the Moon is closest to the Earth during its monthly orbit.  The image below was taken by Kevin Pretorius (Farnham AS).   The following images were taken by…

Picture of an Apollo launch

SAGAS is pleased to announce the launch of a brand new website, designed with a fresh new look and improved (user-friendly) navigation.  It also delivers a lot more features such as the ability for visitors to share our content at the click of a button via twitter, Facebook or email.  Many of the improvements are behind the scenes and make…

The SAGAS meeting, which usually meets at the South Downs Planetarium in Chichester, moved to the Clanfield Observatory site for the April meeting and AGM.  The Clanfield Observatory is the home of the Hampshire Astronomical Group who hosted this recent meeting. The 21 delegates, representing  14 astronomical societies across the south were, during a break in proceedings, able to tour…

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