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Purpose

The purpose of the SAS is to provide the University of Michigan students, faculty, staff, and the Ann Arbor community with resources and educational material on astrophysics as well as to cultivate interest in STEM and astronomy among the student body.

Toward this end, we hold regular meetings, offer public observing nights, sponsor lectures, provide tutoring in Astronomy classes, and participate in Inreach/Outreach programs for local primary and secondary school students.


Membership

Any member of the Ann Arbor community, or U of M faculty or staff can become a member of the Student Astronomical Society (SAS). As a member, you are allowed to participate in SAS events, get access to SAS resources and are allowed to vote on officer positions and other club matters unless you fit under the exceptions written in the voting section.


Activities

Public Observing Nights (Open Houses)

One to two Fridays per month, SAS runs public observing nights at the Angell Hall Observatory on central campus. This event is free and open to U of M students, faculty, and staff as well as the general public. Our facilities include a 0.4 meter Ritchey-Cretien reflector in the dome and several 8-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes on the rooftop. We also have access to a computer lab on the 5th floor for visitors to try out planetarium software or surf the web for astronomy related resources. In August 2004, a spectacular new planetarium was installed in Angell Hall. It is available during all open houses.

Check our Open House Page for more information.


Special Events

Additionally, we organize gatherings to view special events such as meteor showers, comets, eclipses, and the occasional Transit of Venus either on campus for the public or from a dark site for officers and members of the club.


Public Lectures

SAS sponsors lectures on popular topics in astronomy and astrophysics. These lectures are given by professors, graduate students or other faculty from the University of Michigan as well as from visiting guests.


Inreach/Outreach

About eight years ago, SAS began an inreach/outreach program for local elementary and middle school students that continues today. Our goal is to teach kids about science and astronomy through activities and hands-on experience. Sometimes we hold these events concurrently with the Society of Physics Students.


Tutoring

During the Fall and Winter terms the SAS holds weekly free tutoring sessions for students in introductory astronomy classes. Check the tutoring page for more information.


Special Seminars

In an effort to give undergraduates interested in astronomy as a career a clear understanding of the profession we hold special seminars. These seminars have included discussions with graduate students about graduate work in astronomy and applying to graduate schools, career possibilties with a degree in Astronomy, summer internships, and gaining necessary research skills.


Meetings

SAS holds biweekly meetings each term, usually the week before a Public Observing Night. See the main page for more information.