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Dr. Helen Sharman OBE FRSC is a woman of many firsts - she's famous as Britain's first astronaut and the first woman to visit the Mir space station in 1981. This month Brooklands Radio proudly brings you an exclusive interview with Sharman in our regular half hour programme, Stars Over Surrey, airing on Friday Aug 25 at 7:30 pm and…

The SAGAS Summer Convention for 2017 was hosted by Hampshire Astronomical Group on the 15th July at Clanfield Memorial Hall, South Lane, Clanfield Hampshire. The meeting was formally opened by Graham Bryant of Hampshire Astronomical Group introducing the theme of the Convention “Astronomical Research in Southern England” The first speaker of the day was Dr Aru Beri, University of Southampton…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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