AAS

Our inaugural meeting was on the 8th November 2010 and we officially formed in February 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.

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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Quick Reminder : Next meeting on Monday 24th June

Professor Matt Griffin, from Cardiff Uni. is coming to talk about the investigations of extra-solar planets.

This is the last session before our summer “holiday”, meetings will restart in September, so this is the last chance before then to get together and be entertained and educated!

Usual time and place  :  7:30pm, The Kings Head

Next Meeting : Monday 24th June

Professor Matt Griffin, Astronomy Instrumentation Group, Cardiff Uni. will be coming to talk to us on the subject ofCharacterising Extra-solar Planets”.  Brief summary:-

Prof Matt Griffin, Cardiff Uni.

“Around 4,000 extra-solar planets have now been detected, and studying them is one of the most important areas of astronomical research today.

Using the technique of transit spectroscopy, it is now starting to be possible to study  exoplanets and determine the chemical composition and physical constitutions in their atmosphere.

This will be an important objective for both NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, due for launch in 2022, and ESA’s ARIEL satellite, a purpose-built exoplanet observatory, to be launched in 2028.

I’ll describe the technique and what we can learn from it, and how one day we may be able to detect the presence of life on Earth-like planets.”

Usual time & place; 7:30pm, The Kings Head, Abergavenny.

Everyone and anyone most welcome.

Next Meeting – Discussion Group 10th June

Our next session is a discussion group next Monday.

Suggested topics : Items from the news etc over the last month

Space Debris  –  The cluttered nature of the space around the Earth.
Water in the Solar system  –  Water on Earth, the moon and Pluto.
Mars  –  History, minerals, soil and potential for oxygen production.
Exo planets – more discoveries and a “Forbidden Planet”
Supernova  –  including human evolution, lots of new supernova and white dwarf fusion
TESS mission – Latest news from the NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite launched in 2018

Any other topics anyone wants to bring up please don’t be shy, we can explore them together.

Usual Place & Time; The Kings Head, Abergavenny, 7:30pm

Everyone welcome

June 2019 Meetings

There are two meetings this month:-

1)         Monday 10th June     :     This will be one of our “Round the Table” discussion meetings.  Suggested topics that have caught my eye will be posted on the web site before the meeting.  If anyone has any topics they find interesting then let me know or just bring them along on the night.

2)         Monday  24th June     :     Professor Matt Griffin, of the Astronomy Instrumentation Group, will be coming from Cardiff University to talk to us.  Professor Griffin has many years experience in far infrared and sub-millimetre astronomy and instrumentation, both ground-based and space-borne.  In particular he is involved with the Atmospheric Remote-sensing Infrared Exoplanet Large-survey (ARIEL), a space telescope planned for launch by the ESA in 2028.

Usual Time and place, The Kings Head, Abergavenny, at 7:30pm
All are very welcome

Quick Reminder-Next Meeting Monday 13th May

For our May meeting Dr Andreas Papageorgiou, Research Associate, Astronomy Instrumentation Group, Cardiff School of Physics & Astronomy will be coming to talk to us.

Usual time and place; 7:30pm at the Kings Head, Abergavenny.  Next to the Town Hall.

All are welcome

Next Meeting : Monday 13th May

For our May meeting Dr Andreas Papageorgiou, Research Associate, Astronomy Instrumentation Group, Cardiff School of Physics & Astronomy will be coming to talk to us.

Andreas Papageorgiou + Herschel

Since 2008, Dr Papageorgiou has been full-time involved with all phases of space telescope missions.  He will be talking about the work he was involved in with the Spectral and Photometric Imaging Receiver (SPIRE) which was on the ESA Herschel infra red space telescope, which operated from 2009 to 2013.

Usual time and place; 7:30pm at the Kings Head, Abergavenny.  Next to the Town Hall.

All are welcome

Next Meeting : Monday 8th April

This month Professor Chris Allton from the Department of Physics at Swansea will be talking to us about the the forces that operate in Neutron Stars.

 

Chris is an Australian by birth, education (and outlook!). He is a professor of theoretical particle physics in Swansea University where his research involves using some of the fastest computers in the world to simulate the properties of quarks at temperatures 100,000 times that of the core of the sun.
He is also very interested in the public engagement of science and is the Director of Oriel Science, Swansea University’s outreach project.

 

 

All the matter we know about in the universe is comprised of just 19 particles.  Quarks are the most massive and they combine together to form neutrons and protons to make atomic nuclei. Quarks are bound together by the Strong Force – and this Force is incredibly strong, each quark is held to its neighbour by a force equivalent to the weight of three elephants!  At high temperatures and pressures, around a trillion degrees, quarks can become free. 
The talk explores how this new phase of matter and neutron stars are related.

Everyone is, as always, very welcome.

Usual time and place, 7:30pm at the Kings Head, Abergavenny, next to the Town Hall.

Next Meeting : Monday 25th March

Our next meeting is the Annual General Meeting of the Society.

If you want to hear about the events of the last year, have any suggestions as to how the AAS can develop and prosper or wish to volunteer then please do come along on the 25th.

We are a bunch of amateurs with varying levels of understanding that wish to share our fascination with the comos, so come along and join with us.  As it says on the web-site home page : No knowledge necessary, just a curious mind.

The draft minutes of last year’s meeting can be read at AGM 2018 minutes 

Usual time and place; The King’s Head, Abergavenny, at 7:30pm

Next Meeting – Monday 11th March

Next Monday Professor Jane Greaves, Astronomy Group, Cardiff School of Physics and Astronomy, will present her work on nano-diamonds.  As well as having published over 170 peer reviewed papers she received the IoP Fred Hoyle medal in 2017 for her contribution to astrophysics.

Prof Jane Greaves, Cardiff School of Physics & Astronomy

 

Her topic is “Spinning Space Diamonds”.
“I will talk about the sparkling trail of diamonds from exploding stars to the birth of the solar system. My team recently found diamonds orbiting a few very young luminous stars, and I will discuss how this chance discovery came about and how it helped to solve a problem of mystery radio waves that has existed for over 20 years”.

 

 

 
The usual time and place: 7:30pm at the Kings Head, Abergavenny.

Come along to be entertained and informed.  All are welcome.

Event-23rd March 2019

Exploring the Universe; a HoVAS event in association with Usk & Abergavenny Societies.
Tabor Centre, Brynmawr. 23rd March 2019, 12:00pm/5:00pm plus evening talk 6:30/7:30 pm.