SO­CI­ETY in fo­cus

Sky at Night Magazine - - EXOPLANET EXCURSIONS - Annabel Simes, So­cial me­dia co­or­di­na­tor, Seven Sis­ters As­tro­nom­i­cal So­ci­ety

Seven Sis­ters As­tro­nom­i­cal So­ci­ety (SSAS) is a small group of am­a­teur astronomer­s based in East Sus­sex. On 22 June 2018 the so­ci­ety at­tended the Na­tional Trust’s Sh­effield Park and Gar­den for the Waterlily Fes­ti­val and an evening of stargaz­ing. Weather conditions were per­fect and we man­aged to set up four tele­scopes: two Meade 8-inch Go-Tos, a Sky-Watcher 10-inch Dob­so­nian and a Sky-Watcher 6-inch re­flec­tor. As the light faded, SSAS mem­bers were busy ob­serv­ing, and vis­i­tors of all ages left that evening filled with new knowl­edge and ex­cite­ment hav­ing seen the Moon, Jupiter and Saturn. At 11pm the event closed to the pub­lic, but some SSAS mem­bers re­mained be­hind and observed un­til the early hours.

The fol­low­ing morn­ing we were back in the field for so­lar ob­serv­ing, which went on un­til 3pm. There was a steady flow of vis­i­tors walk­ing through the park, en­joy­ing picnics and ob­serv­ing the Sun be­tween the scat­ter­ing of clouds! The clouds thick­ened later in the af­ter­noon, which gave us a few hours rest, be­fore we set up the tele­scopes again for our evening event, with around 50 mem­bers of the pub­lic. By then there were breaks in the clouds, and we were able to ob­serve the Moon through the tele­scopes for over an hour.

We had a won­der­ful week­end, not only with the weather, but also ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the won­der­ful Waterlily Fes­ti­val that week­end.

To find out more about Seven Sis­ters As­tro­nom­i­cal Club visit their web­site at ssas­on­line.word­press.com or follow the club on Facebook

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