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Our inaugural meeting was on the 8th Nov 2010 and we officially formed in Feb 2011.
AAS holds monthly meetings, often 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.

We host discussions on subjects as varied as "finding your way around the sky" to "Dark Energy".

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

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Link for the Astronomy society Meeting 24th June 2021

If you wish to join the meeting this Thursday 24th June but have not received a link or are not a member of the Society please email the Chairman at Observing@AbergavennyAS.org.uk

 

 

Next meeting of the Society is on the 24th June at 7pm

Next meeting of the Society is on the 24th June at 7pm and David Thomas will present on the night sky at this time of year.  The link for the meeting will be sent separately. 

Don’t forget the partial eclipse tomorrow!

Don’t forget the partial eclipse tomorrow! It will start at 10:04 am, the maximum is about an hour later at 11:09 am and it will finish at 12:20 pm.  Let’s hope it will be clear in the morning.  If you do want to observe it make sure you know how to do so safely by following this link

Next meeting of the astronomical society is 10th June at 7pm

The next meeting of the astronomical society will be the 10th June at 7 pm.  The subjects will be the globular clusters of early summer from Nick Busby and the sky in June and early July by David Thomas.   If you did not get an invitation or are not a member and would like to join the meeting please contact the Chairman by emailing  Observing@AbergavennyAS.org.uk

Next meeting of Abergavenny AS 7pm, Thursday 27th May

 The next meeting of the Society will be at 7pm on the 27th May.

Tony Parton-Frost from Abergavenny Astronomy Society will present on the topic of the Space Shuttle Programme

Partial solar eclipse on the 10th June

There will be a partial solar eclipse visible from Abergavenny on the 10th June 2021.  It will start at 10:04 am, the maximum is about an hour later at 11:09 am and it will finish at 12:20 pm.  The Sun will be be very high in the sky at over 53 degrees, let’s hope it will not be too cloudy!  Under no circumstances should you look at the Sun with your  unprotected eyes and specially not with any instruments that were not designed for the purpose, if you do it is very likely you will suffer irreparable damage to your eyesight.  You can purchase eclipse glasses for about £5 or project the Sun through a piece of card with a pinhole in it onto a second piece of card.  Of course you can also buy special telescopes and filters that allow you to observe the Sun in safety.  If in any doubt please contact a experienced member for advice (Observing@AbergavennyAS.org.uk).

For more details on timing please visit the website Timeanddate.com

There is some good advice on how to safely observer Sun at this link

Next meeting of the Society Thursday May 13th at 7:00 pm

The next meeting of the astronomical society will be at 7pm on the 13th May 2021.  Andrew Jeffries from Usk Society will give a presentation on the subject of “Dark Matter”  The invitation and joining details will be sent in a separate email.  If you do not receive the invitation or want to join the meeting as a guest please email the Chairman at Observing@AbergavennyAS.org.uk

Next meeting Thursday 29th April 2021 at 7pm

The next meeting of the Astronomy Society will be on Thursday 29th April at 7pm when Fraser Lewis from Cardiff School of Physics and Astronomy will give a talk on the Faulkes telescope. The Faulkes Telescope Project (FTP) provides access to 1,500 hours of observing time on two 2-metre class telescopes located in Hawaii (Faulkes Telescope North in Hawaii) and Australia (Faulkes Telescope South in Australia). This time is dedicated to education and public outreach, mainly in the UK.

The access codes will be sent be separate email.  if you wish to join the meeting but have not received the codes or are not a member of the Society please email me at Observing@AbergavennyAS.org.uk

 

Brecon Beacons International Dark Sky Reserve, have your say

The Brecon Beacons National Park is presently preparing its management plan for the coming 5 years. There is a consultation process underway that aims to identify the issues that are important to those that live, work or play in the park. The Brecon Beacons is a designated International Dark Sky Reserve. This designation was won and is maintained by the efforts mostly of volunteers who believe that protection of the dark skies should be included in the Park’s 5 year plan; which it currently is not. Protection of the darkness is not just a benefit to stargazers it is crucial for the conservation of wildlife and whole ecosystems. Light can be as important as an environmental pollutant as much as noise, chemicals or other waste materials. If you agree that protection of night time darkness should be included in the plan add your voice to the consultation. Simply send an email before 24th May 2021 to:

NPMP21@beacons-npa.gov.uk

and simply say what you value about the dark skies of the Beacons. Please use the phrase “Be The Change “ in the subject line. The more people that respond the more likely it is that the plan will include protection of the night sky. If you want more details on the consultation process you can find the introductory document here:

https://www.beacons-npa.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/Enc.-1-for-NPMP21-Issues-Vision-and-Objectives-Consultation-4-1.pdf

Next Meeting Thursday 15th April at 7pm

The next meeting of the Society will be on Thursday 15th April at 7pm.  We are very pleased to welcome back Dr Rhodri Evans from the University of Namibia.  Rhodri will present on “Seeing a Black Hole with the Africa Millimetre Telescope“. Rhodri has a 1st class BSc  in Physics from Imperial Colledge and a PhD in Astrophysics from Cardiff University, His thesis was on the amount and extent of dust in normal spiral galaxies. He has worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Chicago and as a Professor of Physics and Astrophysics at Swarthmore College.  He returned to work at Cardiff University and in 2017 moved to Namibia, South-west Africa, to be part of a project to build Africa’s first millimetre-wave telescope.

The meeting will be by Zoom – subscribers will be sent a link by email.  If you are not subscribed but wish to attend the meeting please email me at Observing@AbergavennyAS.org.uk