Super Blue Moon captured over Sark
by John Hunt on a Sony DSC-QX30 attached to an iPhone SE
31st January 2018
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Sark Astronomy Society
Sark is a small island, fourth largest of the Channel Islands, in the south-western English Channel off the coast of Normandy, France. It forms part of the Bailiwick of Guernsey and has a population of about 600.
In January 2011 Sark gained International Dark-Sky Association recognition for its exceptional quality of unpolluted darkness, and became the first functioning island community to gain the title of Dark Sky Island. It was during this time that the Sark Astronomy Society (SAstroS) was formed by a band of enthusiastic stargazers eager to share the wonders of Sark's magical night time display with others.
Chair, aka Starfleet Commander
Jo Birch (Treasurer)
Channel Islands GY10 1SD
The Society hosts annual Starfest celebrations - the first having occurred in October 2011. They generally occur in the autumn or spring to mark both the beginning or end of winter.
During our Starfests we have welcomed a variety of guest speakers:
Professor Andrew Coates - Head of Planetary Science, Mullard Space Science Laboratory
Dr Marek Kukula - Public Astronomer, Greenwich Royal Observatory
Professor Chris Lintott - Oxford University and presenter of BBC The Sky at Night
Bob Bower FRAS
David Le Conte - (ex NASA) FRAS
Dr Kukula enjoyed his first visit so much he has returned several times, most recently in October 2014. Our guest speakers always give inspiring and entertaining talks.
Steve (darkskyman) Owens
Dr Paul Fellowes FRAS
During the weekend 19-21 July 2019
SAstroS is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the
FIRST MANNED LUNAR LANDING, JULY 20th, 1969
Please join us and our guest speaker Bob Bower FRAS
Friday 19th July
7pm Supper with Bob in the Island Hall
8pm Film showing “First Man” (2018) starring
Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong *
10pm Viewing session with Bob at Observatory
Saturday 20th July
50th Anniversary of first man on the Moon
5.30-6.30pm Talk by guest speaker/astronomer Bob Bower
“A History of Observing the Moon” *
8-10pm Film of “Apollo 13” starring Tom Hanks *
10.30pm Viewing the Moon and planets. Session led
by Bob Bower at Observatory
Sunday 21st July
9.30pm Night observation with Bob
* The talk and films will be in the Board Room at the Hall
Please note that ALL are welcome, not just SAstroS members.
On the 50th anniversary Saturday we hope to observe the Sea of Tranquillity where Armstrong first set his foot ...
one small step for all humanity.
Events are free of charge, but donations gratefully received.