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~ SAS Lunar Night for InOMN 28th October 2017 ~

Noeleen Lowndes - October 10, 2017

 

SAS ‘International Observe the Moon Night’ (InOMN)

Saturday the 28th October 2017 from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm 
Venue: Woodstock Property at 231 Plunkett Road, Tamborine

Calling all Luna-lovers, come along and enjoy an evening looking at our closest celestial neighbour with members from the SAS.

This InOMN event is an annual event that is dedicated to encouraging people to look up and take notice of our nearest neighbour, the Moon.

https://www.lpi.usra.edu/observe_the_moon_night/

Gold coin entry donation appreciated Sausage sizzle proceeds towards Tamborine Village Lions Clubs projects

***Weather permitting*** 

Contact Bryan for more information: 0431096511 or 0401217347

   flyer InIOM night sat oct 28 2017

 

~ Saturn in the Park ~

Noeleen Lowndes - September 19, 2017

 

Members from the Southern Astronomical Society invite you and your family to a viewing of the magnificent planet Saturn and the Moon through our large telescopes.

Come along to the park for a wonderful night under the stars 🙂

Date: Saturday the 30th September from 6.00 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.

Place: Esplanade North Park, The Esplanade at Paradise Point (Gold Coast)
(Opposite Mallard Ave on the beachfront)

*Unfortunately if the weather is cloudy the event will be cancelled*

Please see the flyer below for more information on the event:

  

NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft Ends Its Historic Exploration of Saturn

Noeleen Lowndes - September 16, 2017

NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft Ends Its Historic Exploration of Saturn

Cassini plunged into Saturn’s atmosphere and disintegrated about 3:31 a.m. PDT (7:31 a.m. EDT) (AEST) 9.55pm on Sept. 15, 2017.

A thrilling epoch in the exploration of our solar system came to a close today, as NASA’s Cassini spacecraft made a fateful plunge into the atmosphere of Saturn, ending its 13-year tour of the ringed planet.

Please go to NASA’s JPL website to read all about the exciting end of this incredible mission to Saturn at:

https://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/news/3121/nasas-cassini-spacecraft-ends-its-historic-exploration-of-saturn/

Goodbye Cassini…Thank you for all the stunning images, discoveries and memories 🙂

 

How to watch Cassini’s last moments at Saturn…

Noeleen Lowndes - September 15, 2017

 

Today the 15th September 2017…live images streaming now from Cassini!

Goodbye Cassini….Only 7 hours to go to the end of the incredible mission to Saturn by the Cassini-Huygens Spacecraft!

Well this is it; later this evening (AEST) the amazing Cassini spacecraft will plunge into the surface of the planet Saturn in a fiery ball, which will streak across the sky as it burns up in the gaseous atmosphere of Saturn!

There is no stopping what will happen at approximately 9.55pm tonight and there will be many a tear in the eyes of everyone involved, including me after 15 years of sharing the wonders of Cassini’s discoveries with the community….

Here in Australia (AEST) the Canberra DSN starts tracking Cassini at 1.15pm on DSS43 & DSS35 and by about 9.55pm the spacecraft will have plunged into the planets surface. (Images are being transmitted now!)

Please go to the NASA’s Grand Finale website at: https://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov

Where is Cassini now link at:

https://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/mission/saturn-tour/where-is-cassini-now/

Goodbye Cassini…thank you for all the wonderful images and discoveries 🙂

How to Watch Cassini’s last moments at Saturn “Today the 15th September 2017″
NASA will be streaming live feeds from mission control at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, where scientists will be receiving the final images and data from the spacecraft.

NASA Live Streaming Channel Guide
http://www.ustream.tv/NASAJPL2
https://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/mission/grand-finale/for-media/#streaming

NASA TV at:
https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html#public

NASA YouTube at:
https://www.youtube.com/nasajpl/live

You can also watch the live streaming at the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex where the live link is being received from Cassini at:
https://www.cdscc.nasa.gov

BBQ under the Stars for SAS AGM

Noeleen Lowndes - September 7, 2017

 

Members and there guests are invited to the SAS ‘Annual General Meeting’ for a BBQ under the stars on Saturday 9th September 2017 at our club house at the Ormeau Progress Association Hall starting at 6pm.

Please bring your own meat, drinks and chairs, the SAS committee will supply the salads, bread rolls, condiments and deserts.

If it’s clear please bring along your telescopes for a viewing of the night sky 🙂

See the flyer below for more details:

 

Combined Societies Meeting Friday 28th July at 7.30pm

Noeleen Lowndes - July 27, 2017

 

The 2017 Combined Societies Meeting is being held at the Griffith University’s Nathan Campus, 170 Kessels Road, Mt Gravatt starting at 7.30
p.m.

The Meeting is being held in Lecture Theatre Room N16 0.03 in the Macrossan Building (This is the same room as in 2015). Please find a map below to the venue; there is also free undercover parking in the Ridge Carpark (N38) after 7.00
p.m.

This will be an enjoyable evening where a member from each society in South East Queensland will give a presentation; Dylan O’Donnell is our guest speaker on behalf of SAS, and his presentation is titled “Zen and the Art of Selling Out”.

After the meeting a supper will be provided for everybody attending. So please come along and enjoy a great evening with your fellow astronomy and space enthusiasts. Please find a copy of the agenda below and we’ll look forward to seeing you on the night…Noeleen Lowndes (President)

           

Astronaut Chris Hadfield comes to Brisbane 22 August 2017

Julie Lancaster - May 15, 2017

Check the link for more information and ticket pricing –

CHRIS HADFIELD – LIVE ON STAGE

SAS get-together at the QLD Museum in Brisbane Saturday the 22nd April at 1.30pm.

Noeleen Lowndes - April 20, 2017

SAS get-together at the QLD Museum in Brisbane

On Saturday afternoon the 22nd April at 1.30pm.

You are invited for a get together to view two exhibits, which are being held at the QLD Museum at South Bank in Brisbane. We will meet at the Museums Collectors Café at 1.30pm and hopefully we’ll have enough time afterwards to have a cup of coffee together.

The first exhibition will be Michael Benson’s Otherworld’s: Visions of our Solar System, which is FREE to enter, and the second exhibition is called, Hadron Collider ‘Where you will step inside the world’s greatest experiment’ (This exhibition ends on the 25th April 2017).

The entry cost for the Hadron Collider exhibition is $15 or less with a concession and you can buy tickets online or when you get there. Please go to the Brisbane Museum website to find out more about these two exhibits at: http://www.qm.qld.gov.au and we’ll look forward to seeing you there 🙂

Noeleen Lowndes (President)

~ SAS supports ‘Star Stuff 2017’ at Bryon Bay ~

Noeleen Lowndes - February 21, 2017

On the weekend of the 24th and 25th June 2017 an out of this world cosmic event will be happening at the stunning 5 star ‘Elements of Bryon Resort’ at iconic Bryon Bay.

During both days of the event, some of Australia’s leading scientists and experts will intrigue and amazed you with there presentations on such subjects as Cosmology, Astronomy and Space, Rocket Science, Astrophysics and the incredible world of astrophotography.

There will also be on site solar viewings through dedicated solar telescopes and night time viewing through large telescopes provided by members from the Southern Astronomical Society (weather permitting)

If you are thinking about buying a telescope or any other astronomical equipment, vendors from Celestron and Bintel will be on site to help with all your enquiries.

This is a weekend not to be missed with the general admission ticket, which includes the two days of presentations at just $95. The VIP ticket, which costs $250, includes the two days of talks, plus a 3 course VIP Dinner with Dr Karl as the guest speaker for the evening.

As an added bonus, every VIP ticket will go into the draw to win a Celestron Evolution 6 Computerised Telescope worth $2400 and the winner will be drawn at the dinner…what a wonderful prize!

Please see the flyer below, which outlines all the guest speakers, and has the link to the ‘Star Stuff 2017’, website where you can book your tickets: https://starstuff.com.au

Event organised by SAS member Dylan O’Donnell who is a Bryon Bay Astronomer and Team Celestron member.

 

~ Welcome to 2017 to all our Members and Friends ~

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)

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