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The public’s attention will be focused once more on the night skies by BBC’s Stargazing Live series which will be broadcast from Tuesday 28th March to Thursday 30th. Following closely behind this will be another of Guildford Astronomical Society’s very well known and free observing events at Newlands Corner, Shere Road, Guildford, Surrey GU4 8SE (map). Everyone is welcome to…

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…

The Society for Popular Astronomy is running a "Starting from Scratch" meeting on Saturday 7th November 2015.  The meeting will take place in Dorking and within the SAGAS catchment  Price is £10 per person including lunch so good value.   Two event posters (PDF) can be downloaded: Download Poster 1 Download Poster 2 Details of the location where the event will…

Newbury Astronomical Society hosted this year’s convention at a small conference facility near the village of Kintbury in Berkshire. More than 60 members of SAGAS societies and neighbouring societies enjoyed a full day of talks from a variety of speakers. Early arrivals managed a bit of solar observing before Matthew Stuttard of Airbus Defence and Space kicked off proceedings with…

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