Our inaugural meeting was on the 8th November 2010 and we officially formed in February 2011.
AAS holds monthly meetings with guest speakers.

All guests are welcome!
No knowledge necessary, just a curious mind.

We are able to provide assistance with setting up your telescope or just helping to find your way around the night sky.

AAS is able to host discussions on subjects as varied as Dark Energy through to 'How dark is your sky'.

Come along and get a new perspective on the universe in which you live!



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What is a “Galacton”?

The word dreamed up by ZME Science to describe the rotation period of the galaxy, like the year is the time for the earth to rotate around the sun. 

This comes from the observation that all galaxies seem to rotate about once every billion years, irrespective of the size or mass. 
As Professor Gerhardt Meurer, from the UWA node of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research, said “But regardless of whether a galaxy is very big or very small, if you could sit on the extreme edge of its disk as it spins, it would take you about a billion years to go all the way round.”

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Want an Astronomy Book?

We have had a number of Astronomy books donated to the club.  I will bring them along to the AGM on the 12th March.
Come along and see if there is anything that interests you.  All donations will go to club funds.  First come first served.

Title Author Pub.   Subject
Quantum Manjit Kumar 2008 pb The great debate about the nature of reality
Visions Michio Kaku 1998 pb How science will revolutionise the 21st C and beyond
A Universe from Nothing Lawrence Krauss 2012 pb Why there is something rather than nothing
About Time Adam Frank 2011 pb From sun dials to quantum clocks. How the cosmos shapes our lives – and we shape the cosmos
Turn Left at Orion Guy Consolmagno 2006 hb 100 night sky objects to see in a small telescope
  Dan Davis      
Wonders of the Solar System Brian Cox 2010 hb Book of the BBC TV series
  Andrew Cohen      
Quantum Jim Al-Khalili 2004 pb A guide for the perplexed
The Infinity Puzzle Frank Close 2013 pb The personalities, politics and extraordinary science behind the Higgs boson
Gravities Engines Caleb Scharf 2012 phb The other side of Black Holes
The Last 3 Minutes Paul Davies 1994 hb How may the universe come to an end
Sky Watching David Levy 1995 hb The ultimate guide to the universe
About Time Paul Davies 1995 hb Einstien’s unfinished revolution
Field Guide to Meteors & Meteorites Richard Norton 2008 pb Patrick Moore’s Practical Astronomy Series
  Lawrence Chitwood      

March Meetings

Advance notice of this month’s meetings:-

Monday 12th March  :  The AAS Annual General Meeting

Monday 26th March  :  Professor Jonathan I Davies of the School of Physics and Astronomy at Cardiff University will be talking about “Dark Galaxies”.

Usual time and venue, 7:30pm at the Kings Head, Abergavenny.  All are welcome.

Budding Astro-photographers

Got any stunning photographs?  The Royal Museums Greenwich is looking for entries for what they call the “world’s greatest astrophotography competition”.
Entries close 9th March.  More details at this LINK.

2018 meetings programme

The schedule for 2018 has now been posted on the website.

Also note the “Next Meeting” post for the 26th Feb was posted over the weekend.

Next Meeting : Monday 26th February, 2018

The next AAS meeting will be on the topic of January’s “Sky at Night” programme,

The Invisible Universe


The currently accepted model of the universe suggests that normal stuff, that is me, you, the earth, the planets, stars etc, comprises only 5% of the total; the rest is Dark Something or Other.


This BBC programme reviews what we currently know/believe about the composition of the universe and how we are working it out.






The subject will be introduced by Kevin and will consist of 3 short video extracts from the broadcast with time after each video for questions/discussion etc.
The three video extracts are:-
1)         Normal Matter                        :           Baryonic Matter          (5m 32s)
2)         Unknown matter                    :           Dark Matter                (9m 31s)
3)         No idea stuff                            :           Dark Energy                (6m 42s)

If you want to watch the programme it is probably on the BBC iPlayer or you can find in on YouTube at this LINK
Also you can read the “Simple Wikipedia” pages on Normal Matter HERE, Dark Matter HERE and Dark Energy HERE

All are welcome to come along to listen, learn, ask questions, share knowledge or contribute to the general discussion.
Usual time and place : The Kings Head Abergavenny; 7:30pm; Monday 26th Feb.
We look forward to saying Hi on the night.

Next meeting is Monday 12th February, Beginner’s guide to the solar system

The next meeting of the astronomy society is on Monday 12th February.  We will have another “back to basics” session with a beginner’s guide to the solar system.  Using some very cool software, that models the solar system and beyond in beautiful 3D, we fly to each of the planets in turn and other objects and find out what they are made of and how it all works.

Below is a screen shot of one of the players in our show – Saturn.


As usual meeting is upstairs in the King’s Head,  it starts at 7:30 pm and open to all with an interest in things astronomical.

Monday 8th January – Back to basics

For all those that got shiny new binoculars for Christmas or even a telescope or for those just starting out in astronomy, this session is to help you find your way around the night sky, identify constellations and patterns in the stars and remember them.  Finding your way around the sky is a skill that can be learned more easily than you might think – but the learning process can be greatly accelerated when you know a few simple tricks.  Using planetarium software to simulate the night sky and worksheets that you can use afterwards on your own, we will explore the winter sky to understand how to identify, recognise and remember the signposts in the stars.  With a bit of practice you will be able to amaze your friends on clear nights by pointing the constellations and even the names of stars!

Usual start time 7:30, upstairs in the King’s Head, everyone welcome.


New Year party

Sick of turkey and mince pies – yearning for something a bit more spicey? Monday 22nd of January is party night. We join again with friends from Usk Society for an evening of food and fun at the Regency 59, 59-60 Cross St, Abergavenny NP7 5EUFurther details on the menu and cost will be posted shortly.  If would would like to attend please let me (Observing@AbergavennyAS.org.uk) or Carol know (secretary@AbergavennyAS.org.uk) as soon as possible so that we can plan numbers.


Meeting Dates – January 2018

Meeting dates in January are scheduled for the 8th and 22nd. 

On the 8th Nick will be giving a talk on the series of “Basic Topics”.
The annual combined Societies party bash (AAS, Usk AS and HoVAS) will be on Monday the 22nd in the Kings Head. 

Further info for both these events will be posted in due course.

The topic that was scheduled for December “Where did the elements come from” can be picked up in 2018, subject to demand/interest.

It just remains to say enjoy the holiday season and see everyone next year.


Next Meeting : Monday 11th December, 2017

This meeting was cancelled due to the weather

At our next meeting we will be having mince pies & mulled wine to mark the season.

The topic will be  :  “Where has everything come from?”
We already know where little boys and little girls come from – slugs & snails : sugar & spice – but where does it all start? 
400 thousand years after the Big Bang all the universe had was hydrogen, helium and a bit of lithium.  So, how were all the other elements made to form the galaxies, stars, planets and, ultimately, us?  That is what we shall be discussing.

Big Bang to Rodin                 (credit phys.org/news/2015-12-big-theory.html)

I will try, as usual, to share some news items that have caught my interest and to put some briefing notes together prior to the session.  Of course, these stories and notes will be my thoughts and you are free to disagree or correct them!   

All are welcome.  Come along and help us have a stimulating discussion – and eat the mince pies of course.
Usual time and place: 7:30pm in the upper room at the Kings Head.