Archive for the ‘SAS News’ Category
Noeleen Lowndes - February 17, 2017
This year has started off with a lot of clear and hot weather, here’s hoping it continues so as to provide us with many starry nights to view and capture all the wonders of this amazing universe that we live in 🙂
Our astronomy club usually holds at least three FREE public field nights throughout the year for the community to come and look through our telescopes. Please keep checking our website for these evenings throughout 2017.
Please find below a few photos from some of the great moments we all had in 2016 as we celebrated the clubs 30th Anniversary.
The Southern Astronomical Society
Celebrating Astronomy and Space
*** 1986 to 2016 ***
To find all our general meeting dates for 2017 please go to events link at: http://sas.org.au/events/ or download a current issue of Event Horizon (our clubs EH newsletter) for all the up to the moment happenings within the club.
Warm regards, Noeleen Lowndes (President)
Noeleen Lowndes - September 21, 2016
Calling all Luna-lovers!
Seeing the moon in a whole new light
Field Night: International Observe the Moon Night
(InOMN) is an annual event that is dedicated to encouraging people to look up and take notice of our nearest neighbour, the Moon.
Organised by: Tamborine Village Lions Club
Presented by: Southern Astronomical Society, from the Gold Coast
Date: Saturday, 8 October 2016
Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Venue at: Woodstock – Youth Enterprise Trust
231 Plunkett Road, Tamborine 4270
Gold coin entry donation appreciated
Sausage sizzle proceeds towards Tamborine Village Lions Clubs projects
For more information please contact: SAS member Bryan Pott mobile: 0431096511/0401217347
Please see all details on the flyer with directions to the venue below:
Dylan O'Donnell - May 23, 2016
The new 30th year SAS polo shirts may be ordered online using the Paypal Deposit button below. Shirts will be $30-$35 total depending on numbers but the $20 deposit will reserve yours and confirm your size requirements.
(2015 Polo Shirt Pictured)
Noeleen Lowndes - February 29, 2016
The World Science Festival is being held from Wednesday the 9th to Sunday the 13th March in Brisbane.
This will be a great opportunity to attend some wonderful presentations on astronomy, space and the world’s latest scientific discoveries, including a presentation on the latest confirmation of Albert Einstein’s 1915 prediction of Gravitational Waves. The website link where you’ll find the full program list of events is at: http://www.worldsciencefestival.com.au/program/program-listing/
There is also a FREE Science Street Party being held at South Bank in the heart of BRISBANE on Saturday the 12th and Sunday the 13th March 2016 from 10am-4pm each day.
Please see below a YouTube video with Brian Greene explaining what Gravitational Waves are and how they are going to change the way we think about out universe!
Please go to this link if you would like to go to Brian Greene’s presentation at the Science Festival:
Noeleen Lowndes - January 17, 2016
‘Happy New Year’ to everyone and welcome to our club’s 30th anniversary year ~ 1986 – 2016 ~
The Southern Astronomical Society has now moved into new premises at the Gold Coast Space Flight Academy at Pimpama, and will hold our general meetings in the Strawberry Farm rooms that are situated adjacent to the academy.
To find the venue please exit off the M1 motorway at Exit 49 and follow the signs to the Strawberry Farm.
Anybody interested in the science of astronomy and space, and observing the night sky, are most welcomed to attend our meetings.
Please find our monthly meeting dates for 2016 at: http://sas.org.au/pimpana-meetings/
Noeleen Lowndes - November 26, 2015
You are invited to come along to our next general meeting being held this Saturday night from 7.30pm and meet the new owners of Sirius Optics at Underwood, Ashley Ruaux and Cheryl-Ann Tan.
Cheryl-Ann will be giving us a presentation on her latest amazing holiday to see the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) titled ‘Aurora Chasing in Finland’
After the presentation Ashley and Cheryl-Ann will give us an update on some of the new astronomical products that have now come on the market and answer any question you may have on astronomy equipment.
Sirius Optics website is at: http://www.sirius-optics.com/
So come along and have a great evening with members from the Southern Astronomical Society on the Gold Coast…see you all then, Noeleen Lowndes (President)
Noeleen Lowndes - September 4, 2015
On the evening of Saturday the 19th September from 6 to 9 pm, members from the Southern Astronomical Society will be setting up there large telescopes to show everyone our magnificent Moon in celebration of the annual lunar event called the International Observe The Moon Night.
Along with looking at the Moon, the beautiful planet Saturn will also be on display, which is always a wonderful object to view through large telescopes. Our members will also show you the constellations in the night sky along with the many star clusters and nebulae that are embedded in the Milky Way. (Weather permitting)
So come along and have a wonderful night of stargazing, the event will be held at the property called ‘WOODSTOCK’ which is at 231 Plunkett Road at Tamborine. (Please see more information on the flyer)
For more information please contact Bryan Pott on 0431 096511 or 0401217347.
Noeleen Lowndes - September 4, 2015
Why don’t you have some fun and Send your name to Mars on NASA’s next space mission called InSight…but you’ll have to be quick as it closes on the 8th September 2015. Please go to the website below and download your special Mars certificate 🙂
To learn all about NASA’s exploration of Mars please go to: http://mars.nasa.gov/
Noeleen Lowndes - August 8, 2015
~ You are invited to be part of this wonderful event for Science Week ~
The Southern Astronomical Society supports ‘Science Week’ with a World Record Stargazing Attempt being organized by The Hon Karen Andrews MP the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry & Science Federal Member for McPherson.
The All Saints Anglican School at Highfield Drive Merrimac is hosing the event and the Stargazing will be held on there large school oval with members from the Southern Astronomical Society kindly providing there large telescopes for everyone to look through.
There will be lots of food available on the night and also a live-streamed link from Mt Stromlo Observatory with astronomers giving talks, including a presentation by noble prize winner Prof. Brian Schmidt.
You can bring your own telescope or a pair of binoculars on the night to participate in the event, or purchase a telescope for only $5.50. But you must be very quick to order the telescopes by the 12th August so they can be delivered on time for the night.
Entry is free – but to be part of the world record you must register!
Go to the eventbrite ticketing section on the Facebook Event page:
Please Remember: Don’t forget to bring along your World Record Stargazing ticket so it can be scanned on the night to go in for the record attempt.
Come along and have a wonderful night of stargazing and hopefully we can make our record of 800 people looking at the night sky 🙂
Latest update on the Guinness World Record for Most People Stargazing Across Multiple Sites in a Country. (Australia)
As of the 4th September 2015 we are still waiting for confirmation, but as you see from the numbers below Australia has smashed the current record of 3007 from Mexico…but it has to be made official by the Guinness Book of Records.
MP Karen Andrews office will let us know as soon as they do, the latest information is from the Facebook site at: https://www.facebook.com/events/465352910311941/
Current tally is 8366 with 38 sites having reporting evidence. There were 3 sites, which were rained out, one site which didn’t meet the Guinness requirements and several which withdrew due to logistical difficulties. We’re still waiting on evidence from other sites which will be finalised by COB Monday when we submit our evidence pack to Guinness World Records. We’re hoping for confirmation of Australia’s newest world record by Thursday.
(Please see all the details for the night on the event flyer below and some images from the Stargazing Record night)
Noeleen Lowndes - August 8, 2015
Dylan’s awesome image of the ISS traversing across the lunar surface has been presented on the NASA ‘Astronomy Picture of the Day’ website for the 31st July 2015. http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap150731.html
Dylan’s text me to say that Commander Scott Kelly just shared his APOD picture from space! With the “Here I am!” How cool was that!
Congratulations Dylan on your second image to be highlighted on the APOD website 🙂
~ Dylan photographs the ESA tracking station in Western Australia ~
Dylan’s was also invited to visit the European Space Agency’s Deep Space Tracking station in WA in early August where he took some beautiful images of the radio telescope with the Southern Cross.
I’m sure we are going to hear all about and see many more images at our next general meeting in September…what a wonderful opportunity, great work Dylan 🙂
Please go to the link below to see his image with the information at: http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2015/08/Tracking_downunder
To see more of Dylan’s stunning image please go to his website at: http://deography.com/