Super Blue Moon captured over Sark
by John Hunt on a Sony DSC-QX30 attached to an iPhone SE
31st January 2018
Neowise Comet with the ISS
taken at 03:20 13/07/20
from above Le Eperquerie
by Sue Daly
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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.
New article added: Sark's Named Star!
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
Quite a number of Sark youngsters took part in the count of the stars in the square of Orion on Monday 1st March between 7.30 and 8pm. The Head Teacher, Dr Nick Roberts, collated them and the average count was 11 stars. It was a really crisp and clear evening, one of very few this winter it seems like, and perfect for the count.
Monday 1st March
Due to the current lock down situation, the planned star count, as per the newspaper article below, has been postponed until Monday 1st March.
The Sark School will be encouraging the SAstroS Junior members to help with the star count between 7.30 pm and 8.00 pm. That time is after sunset and before the moon rises.
We were unable to do the count at the same time as the Guernsey Astronomy Section and this is the first opportunity to do a bare-eye count in the square of Orion with a forecast clear sky and no moon.
This is open for anyone to do and if the count could be sent to me (Reg Guille – Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org), then I will collate with any results I get from the school.