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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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Next meeting

Hopefully the Society can soon resume meetings in person and we hope to give dates shortly.  During the pandemic the Abergavenny Society has been having joint virtual meetings with the Usk Astronomical Society.  That Society is now starting to have in-person meetings, albeit in a much larger venue that will allow social distancing.  This is an invitation for members (or anyone else that is interested) to join the next meeting of the Usk Society.  You can either join online – the invitation will be sent shortly or in person.  The next meeting is on Thursday 16th September at 7:30 and the venue is the function room of The Grange (ex Conservative club) at the top of Maryport Street in Usk, NP15 1AB.  The talk will be given by Bob Wright and the subject is “Water on Mars”.

Brecon Beacons Virtual Dark Sky Festival – 24th to 26th September 2021

Abergavenny Astronomical Society, Usk Astronomical Society and the Brecon Beacons Dark Sky Board have been working to run the first Dark Sky Festival.  This first event will be held on-line over the weekend of Friday 24th to Sunday 26th September.  There is a great line-up of speakers and authors presenting.

The festival is suitable for anyone with an interest in the night sky, particularly younger audiences over the age of 10.

Please visit https://www.breconbeacons.org/things-to-do/activities/stargazing/dark-sky-festival-2021 for more information and to book. All events are £2 per household.

The programme is as follows:-

Time travelling
24th September 11:30 – To gaze up at the stars is to look back into the past, much as Earth bound geologists do today. Alan Bowring

Where has the night gone?
24th September 14:00 – This talk explores the mounting challenges bats are facing with the increase in artificial lighting at night and how we can practically mitigate this problem. Dr. Henry Schofield

A beginner’s guide to observing planets
24th September 19:00 – This guide for absolute beginners will show you how to find and observe planets and what to look out for. Nick Busby

What’s eating the universe?
25th September 10:00 – Award-winning physicist Paul Davies walks us through the puzzles and paradoxes that have preoccupied cosmologists from ancient Greece to the present day. Paul Davies

Welsh myths and legends of the night sky
25th September 14:00 – In this talk David Thomas explores how the Welsh characters and heroes of the Mabinogion and other folk tales are reflected in the night sky. David Thomas

How stars work
25th September 19:00 – Are other stars like our Sun? If not what are they like – small and peaceful, or large and violent? What makes them the way they are? How long will the Sun be around for and what might happen to it? Keith Moseley

The greatest adventure
26th September 12:00 – The Greatest Adventure traces the events of the 20th century; the first satellite in orbit; the first animal, man and woman in space; the first spacewalk; as well as the ultimate US victory in the race to land on the moon. Colin Burgess

Meteorites and the story of the solar system
26th September 14:00 – This talk will reveal how the solar system was formed, explain why we are made of stardust and provide some surprising facts about the origin of some familiar materials. Nick Busby

Monthly Meetings

Just a quick reminder for those who attended the Zoom meeting with Nick last week, and info for those who didn’t.
Nick said that, as we are now in the summer season, there will be no more Zoom meetings in July and August. AAS normally has no meetings in July & August so this follows our usual practice.
It looks as though COVID restrictions are slowly being eased. With a bit of luck face to face meetings may be allowed in a couple of months, for those who feel comfortable with it. I for one, will look forward to it.
Further information and updates will be forthcoming when we have more info.
In the meantime enjoy your summer.

Next meeting of the Astronomy Society – Thursday 22nd July at 7pm

The next meeting of the Society will be by Zoom – (the link will be posted separately) on the 22nd July at 7pm. 

Do you know your OB associations from your supergiants? If not then this could be the talk for you.  This talk by Nick Busby builds on Keith Moseley’ talk on how star work and gives an overview of the different spectral types and how stars evolve and explains the Hertzsprung Russel diagram.

Everyone welcome – if you wish to join the meeting but do not have a link please email Observing@AbergavennyAS.org.uk

 

Next meeting of the astronomy society is Thursday 8th July @7pm

The next meeting of the astronomy society is on Thursday 8th July @7pm.  Jim Wilson, Chair of the Brecon Beacons Dark Sky Board will give a talk on how the International Dark Sky Reserve status was achieved and what it means for the National Park, both human and non-human.

Helen Lucocq MSc MRTPI, Strategy and Policy Manager for the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, will give a short presentation on how the Dark Sky Reserve will be included in the forward 5 year management plan for the Brecon Beacons and give feedback on the consultation process that many members of the society contributed to. 

If you wish to join the meeting but have not received an invitation or link please send an email requesting one to Observing@AbergavennyAS.org.uk

The link to the meeting will be sent shortly.

The meeting starts at 7:00 pm as usual, non-members are welcome

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