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~ World Science Festival being held in Brisbane 9th -13th March 2016 ~

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.

Brian Greene

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:
http://www.worldsciencefestival.com.au/news/breaking-news-spectacular-confirmation-of-einsteins-prediction/

SAS Meeting this Saturday night 23rd January 2016 at 7.30pm

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/

2.SAS Strawberry Farm1.Space Centre3.SAS Members

 

SAS meeting this Saturday night 28th November 2015

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)

World Science Festival Brisbane – 9 to 13 March 2016

Julie Lancaster - November 17, 2015

World Science Festival

World Science Festival Brisbane
9 to 13 March 2016, throughout Brisbane.
It’s Brisbane’s turn to host this international event. What a great opportunity to catch world renowned scientists right here on our doorstep. Check the link for program details and ticketing.

 

 

StarFest program – 3 Oct 2015 Siding Spring Open Day

Julie Lancaster - September 15, 2015

StarFest 2015

An interesting list of talks/lectures available throughout the day along with great           opportunities to check out the telescopes.

~ SAS invites you to a Lunar Night for InOMN 2015 ~

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.

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~ Send your name to Mars ~

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 🙂

http://mars.nasa.gov/participate/send-your-name/insight/

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To learn all about NASA’s exploration of Mars please go to: http://mars.nasa.gov/

2016 Astronomy Calendars

Julie Lancaster - September 4, 2015

Astronomy calendar 2016   Southern Sky Calendar 2016

A number of the Astronomy Calendars 2016 have been purchased for sale to SAS members at the the reduced price of $15.50.  Purchases can only be made at meetings on a cash only basis.
The IceInSpace 2016 Calendars are currently available at $19 each plus $4.25 postage from the website: http://shop.iceinspace.com.au/
There is a choice of calendars: Astronomy Calendar 2016 and Southern Sky Calendar 2016.

 

World Record Stargazing Event – Friday 21st August 6.00 – 9.00pm (With record update and photos)

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:

www.facebook.com/events/465352910311941/

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) 

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Copyright: Gold Coast Bulletin Photo: Glenn Hampson

Stargazing World Record flyer 1c.Header for event 2.Stargazing event NLowndes 3.Warwick telescope 4.Lyn Julie Noeleen 5.Ray Telescope 6.Hans Telescope 7.Michael and Joe 8.Karen and Brendan1 9.Karen and Brendan2 10.Michael New 11.People Warrick Telescope 12.Allison and friend 13.People Stargazing 14.Hans grandchildren 15.People 16.Stargazing cer

~ SAS member Dylan O’Donnell images on APOD and ESA websites ~

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

9.Dylan APOD

 

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 ~

Dylans Image

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/

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