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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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Next meeting this coming Monday 26th June – Dr Chris North, Gravitational Waves

Monday 26th is the last meeting before we break for the summer and we have a treat in store.  Following the successes in recent years of detecting and interpreting gravitational waves we thought it was about time we invited a speaker that could present authoritatively on the subject.

We will be very pleased to welcome back  Dr Chris North from Cardiff University (School of Physics & Astronomy).  Chris is the Ogden Science Lecturer for Cardiff University and holds an STFC Public Engagement Fellowship, focusing on Gravitational Wave research.  This means that he is engaged with a lot of outreach work, particularly encouraging the take-up of physics by school and university students.

Chris is a great presenter and very knowledgeable so we expect to finish the year with an exceptional evening.

As usual 19:30 upstairs in the King’s Head, all welcome.

Meeting 12th June

Bit low on numbers for this meeting but good discussion among those who were there.

The News of the Month for June is posted HERE

The next meeting is on 26th June.

Next Meeting 12th June @ 7:30pm

The next meeting is a Cosmology Discussion group.  The topics will be

1)  Recent news stories – around 6 items,
2)  Cosmic Inflation  –  What is it and why is it necessary
This is the theory that the universe underwent a massive expansion in the first micro second after the Big Bang.

I have put some brief notes together that may be of use, NOTES.

In addition there are a couple of you tube videos that may be of interest,
1) Why is the universe flat (5:46)and
2) Space and Time Cosmic Inflation (2:35)

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

Come along and share your opinions and knowledge with us, I’m sure we will all learn something new.  All welcome

Is this what is in store for the Milky Way & Andromeda?

I came across a Hubble video recently.  It consists of a computer simulation of 2 galaxies colliding along with 5 pictures of actual collisions as a comparison.
The details are on the “General Items” page.

Observing in June

As we get into summer the nights get very short and it’s tempting to pack away the binoculars and telescopes until the Autumn.  However there is still plenty to see and this month Martin Griffiths has kindly provided a guide as to what you may look for.

The Night Sky in June 2017

This Posting has been moved to the page “Observing”/”2017 Observing” HERE 

 

AAS meetings June

The meetings scheduled for June are:-

Monday 12th June; Cosmology Discussion; Topic Cosmological Inflation

Monday 26th June; General Meeting; Dr Chris North, Cardiff University will be talking about Gravitational Waves.

Usual time & place – The Kings Head, Abergavenny at 7:30pm

All are most welcome.

Please note that, as in previous years, there will be NO meetings in July & August.  The next meetings will be in September.

Cosmology Discussion Group May 22nd

A good turn out and discussion at this week’s session on the topic of Galaxies. 

The “News of the Month” presentation and briefing notes have been posted on the “Downloads” page.

         News of the month    :    Briefing notes

 

Next Meeting 22nd May @ 7:30pm

The next meeting is a Cosmology Discussion meeting.
The topics will be
1)   Recent news stories – around 6 items,                2)  Galaxies – formation and evolution

 

A colour coded image of the Hubble Ultra Deep Field, in the constellation Fornax, reveals thousands of galaxies over the full range of the Hubble Space Telescope’s colour spectrum, from infrared to ultraviolet. The image was compiled from data gathered over 841 orbits of telescope viewing time. 
NASA / ESA / IPAC / Caltech / STScI / ASU

 

 

 

 

I have put some brief notes together, NOTES, and also a video from the Illustris Project, which I have edited down to 3:37, showing a computer simulation of galactic formation, VIDEO.  The full video (6:12) is on Youtube. 

Come along and share your opinions and knowledge with us, I’m sure we will all learn something new.  All welcome

Meeting this evening, Monday 24th April

This evening we welcome back Dr. Fraser Lewis from Cardiff University School of Physics and Astronomy. Fraser will be discussing the provocative topic “what has astronomy done for us?”

As usual the meeting starts at 7:30 pm upstairs in the King’s Head public house.

Next meeting tomorrow Monday 27th March – X-ray binaries

The Society welcomes back Paul Roche from Cardiff University.  He will be describing X-ray binary stars.  These are binary star groups – two stars orbiting each other – where one star is stealing matter from the other.  The process generates large amounts of X-rays which is how we can detect them.  As usual the meeting is in the King’s Arms and starts at 19:30 BST, everyone welcome.

Artists impression of X-ray binary system courtesy of NASA