Next meeting of the Society 19th May at 7:30

Meeting ID: 812 0761 4880
Passcode: 640726

The next meeting of the Society is on Thursday 19th May when Martin Lewis returns to give the second half of his excellent talk on imaging planets, this is one not to be missed. The meeting starts at 7:30 pm and the Zoom link is given above.

Notice:Telescope for sale – one of our members has a 12″ Dobsonian to sell for £425 ONO, there is also a selection of eyepieces for sale as well. If you are interested please email the Chairman via and i will put you in touch with the seller.

Next meeting of the Astronomy Society 12th May at 7:30pm

Meeting ID: 819 4434 9671
Passcode: 004747

The next meeting of the Society will be on the 12th May at 7:30 pm. The Sun has definitely woken up and is providing some wonderful views of prominences, filaments, sun spot groups and plage. An h alpha telescope is the perfect instrument to observe these features and a number of members have expressed interest in purchasing one but are not sure what to buy. in this meeting Nick Busby will explain the different types, what they can be used for, how much they cost and much more. The picture below was taken recently from Abergavenny by Nick, showing some of the increased activity.

Observing group

An observing group is being formed that any members can join. The idea is that you register your details with a WhatsApp group (the Astronomy Observing Group) and from time to time when members are going out to observe and they want some company a notfication will pop up on your smart phone. Obviously you will need a WhatsApp account but that it is. It is open to anyone whatever your experience or equipment – even just a pair of eyes and an interest. You can leave the group anytime to stop the notifications. The issue it addresses is that some members would like to do some observing but may lack experience or just want some company, also to book events more than a day or so in advance given the weather in South Wales is asking for problems.

To join the group simply send your details to Andrew Lohfink, the coordinator. You can do this by texting Andrew on his mobile phone number which is 07506448815. In the message please include your full name, the society you are a member of (if any) and a request to join the observing group, Andrew will then add you to the list. Andrew is the custodian of this data and it will not be used for any other purpose.

A notice from Simon at Bath Astronomers.

Register free on Eventbrite.

The Caroline Herschel Prize Lecture 2021 has been awarded to Dr Jenny Carter, University of Leicester, and you are invited to the online, free to attend event this coming month. It is entitled “Earth versus Sun: a precarious relationship in space” and is being held on Zoom at 7pm on Thursday 18th November.

You need to register for the free event via Eventbrite beforehand using the link Details of the Zoom meeting will be sent to you in due course.

The talk:

The intimate, yet turbulent relationship between the Sun and Earth dominates space around our planet. We are familiar with one consequence of this interaction, through the spectacular displays of aurora, and other effects include currents induced in long distance cables, or the loss of signals and damage to spacecraft. Collectively, we term these effects `’space weather’. Understanding this space weather is paramount for our technology-dependent society.

In this talk, we will explore how our Earth is protected from the Sun’s solar wind by its magnetic field. We will follow how the Earth’s magnetic field gets buffered and altered, as the solar blows stronger, weaker, or changes direction. We will see how the SMILE spacecraft will soon revolutionise our view of near-Earth space by taking the first images of the solar-terrestrial interaction. Space near Earth is highly dynamic and volatile, and this drama is played right above our heads.

The Caroline Herschel Prize Lectureship is awarded annually and previous recipients include Dr Becky Smethurst, Dr Anna Lisa Varri, and Dr Sarah Rugheimer. It is awarded by the Herschel Society, in association with the Royal Astronomical Society, to celebrate Caroline’s memory by supporting promising women astronomers early in their careers.

Website and Meetings

Apologies for the website which I am sure many of you will have discovered is not working, it is just a blank page.  Please be assured it is being looked into and we hope to have it up and running again soon, hopefully this post will reach you ok.  We have not yet started having in-person meetings yet but have been observing how Usk AS have got on with resumed meetings.  There have been a number of issues to resolve there. A new much larger venue is being used which allows for social distancing, which  Abergavenny AS does not have.  The new venue has had some problems with the bandwidth of the internet connection, which has been responsible for the poor quality of the Zoom meetings.  That is being addressed by the venue.  In the meantime if any members would like to attend the Usk meetings in person they are more than welcome.  For the time being in-person only meetings are being held one week followed by a Zoom only meeting then an in-person only meeting and so on.  The arrangement will be kept under constant review.

The next in-person meeting is to be held tomorrow evening in the large function room at the back of The Grange at the top of Maryport Street, Usk.  It starts at 7:30 and all are welcome.  A group then normally adjourns to the bar and you are very welcome to join in there as well.

The talks are aimed at beginners.  Andrew Lohfink will be discussing binoculars and how to observe with them and Nick Busby will present on finding and observing planets for beginners