ESAS Events



Previous Events

Friday July 27th - a double date for the Dark Site

Long term forecast is good.
Lunar Eclipse
On Friday 27th July there will be a total lunar eclipse taking place. We will see the start of totality with the rise of the moon in the UK at 21:10 BST. Sunset is 2 minutes later. The maximum eclipse is at 21.22 and the end of totality will be at 22.13. Needs a good, low easterly / south easterly viewpoint. At the Dark Site we have a view to the East and South East of approximately 1º - 2º above the horizon - so should have a good view. Also at around 22.00 Mars will rise above the horizon very close to the moon - see below.

Mars at Opposition

Also on Friday 27th July 2018, Mars will be at its closest since 2003. This will make it the brightest it has been for 15 years and will outshine Jupiter by 1.8 times. It will be low in the south east at about 11º around 23.20 and ideal to view at the Dark Site, weather permitting. It will also still be bright for our BBQ along with the expected Perseids meteor showers on Aug 11th. Mars is predicted to be brighter than Jupiter and the second brightest main planet after Venus on 27th July. Unfortunately the current dust storms on Mars will probably still be ongoing.

More details to follow to those members of ESAS that email me wishing to attend.

Never been to the Dark Site before? To find it login on our ESAS website (‘login’ top right of home page), select ‘Your ESAS’ at the top and then ‘ESAS Dark Site’ from the list. Details and maps are there to help you. Alternatively you may email one of the Dark Site Co-ordinators myself or Doug Edworthy:

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Solar Observing Every Last Sunday at The De La Warr Pavilion, South Terrace 11 - 2pm (Weather dependant so check FB or ESAS Home page)



Hooe Church Roof fundraising

April 1st 7:00 ESAS raising money for Hooe Church Roof all those with telescopes please contact Andy or Paul for details. Drinks nibbles and Observing with one of the best East, South & Westerly horizons in thearea. This event will go ahead even if wet or cloudy.



Astronomy in the Pub

April 1st Crawley 3pm till 11pm for an Astronomy in the pub event, 
The Plough pub at Rusper near Crawley


Oct 15&16 : Astronomy and Space: Halley's Comet to Hubble

Astronomy and Space Exhibition at Battle Memorial Hall, an all day event that is completely Free with an excellent line up of speakers and exhibits. ESAS is using its Solar Telescopes during the day in the Market square and Members will be showing the public views of the night sky from within Battle Abbey (Viewing is limited and Names will be taken on the day)

Discover what a comet smells like with ESAS, Come and Hold one of the oldest things you can touch/feel. Its true age is out of this world! Venue: Battle Memorial Hall, 81 High St, Battle TN33 0AQ 

Click Here for the full poster

Part of The Battle Of Hastings 950 years celebrations



Star Gazing Live

Stargazing Live, ESAS will be at Sussex University on Wednesday 18th January with telescopes and giving talks throughout the evening.  Star Gazing Live Link  



1066 Sky View Oct 23rd 2016

Astronomy to celebrate 950 Years of the Battle of Hastings when Hallyes Comet became a bad Omen for Harold Godwinson. Lots of things to do and see, Discover Halley's Comet, See the last close encounter and find out what it smells like Make a rocket, Narrated Solar System walk around the grounds with Lester Selmes, Space Art exhibition, See the Sun in all it's Glory (Weather permitting) Lots of telescopes on display. Touch, hold one of the oldest things ever, it's real age is out of this world! Venue: Atha Sports Club, Little Common Road Bexhill, TN39 4HU Entrance is Free.


Astronomy in the Pub Saturday 6th February 2016  

Come join ESAS in one of the darkest village Pubs in the South East for a evening of Astronomical Discovery.

 Not only will we have many telescopes setup in the back garden for you and your family to view the night sky, but also will have Amateur Astronomers on hand to answer all your questions, and introduce you to the natural wonders of the night sky, This event will still take place even if cloudy or wet.

  This year we are supporting St. Peter & St. James Hospice, so please give generously!

  Posters available for download here:



Star Gazing Live

Saturday 16th January 2016 ESAS BBC Stargazing Live This Event was free but donations were appreciated!

Three Speakers from 4pm - reapeated twice more through the evening;

Andy Lawes January Night Sky 

Richie Jarvis - Robots of Mars

William Joyce - TBA

Lots of telescopes trained on The Moon, Jupiter, Andromeda Galaxy, The Great Orion Nebula, and lots more

Ad Hoc Laser tours of the Night sky by Andy Lawes throughout the Night

Please Remember to wrap up warm, no tickets or booking required, suitable for all ages.


A day of Astronomical and space related activities : Sunday 2nd August 2015, at Egerton Park Indoor Bowls Club Egerton Road Bexhill  

* Observing the Sun with ESAS Solar scopes

* Make and Launch your own Rocket

* Laser tours of the Night Sky

* Meet Star Wars and other Sci Fi Characters

* Lots of Space related Colouring

* Lots of telecopes to look through

* See here for The Full Itinary.


Other Links


Find us

May Meeting:
The Manor Barn,
4 De La Warr Road, Bexhill on Sea, TN40 2JA

Other Meetings:
Egerton Park Indoor Bowls Club,
Egerton Road,
Bexhill, East Sussex TN39 3HL

(Meetings: first Thursday of each month [excl. Aug] 8-10:pm)


ESAS is a registered charity No. 1110848
HMRC Gift Aid No. XT19893

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