Next Meeting 7:30pm, Monday 25th March

Hi all, Next meeting, usual time & place, Upstairs in the Hen & Chicks, Abergavenny, at 7:30pm.

Topic this month will be the Square Kilometre Array (SKA)

SKA-LOW Antenna, W Australia

This is a multi-nation low frequency radio telescope situated in the S Hemisphere. The first of the planned 130,000+ SKA-LOW antennas have just started to be installed in W Australia.
They will be able to search for radio emission from neutral hydrogen in the very early universe, the time before the gas was ionized by the light of the first stars, galaxies and quasars, and the cosmic dark ages came to an end.
We will explore the progress of this huge project, the largest radio telescope in the world, and what its science objectives are including probing the cosmic dawn, dark energy, galaxy evolution etc.

Come along and join in the discussion – you don’t have to be an expert, just fascinated by our universe – all are welcome

February Meeting

The next meeting will be on the usual 4th Monday of the month, that’s February 26th.
Normal place and time:- Upstairs in The Hen & Chicks, Abergavenny, at 7:30pm

The topic will be “A beginners guide to the Moon”

One other matter that came up at the last meeting was the “Celestial Observing Group”. This is a WhatsApp group for those who enjoy observing the heavens. If anyone is interested in joining then email me at and I will pass your request on to the group administrator, Andrew Lohfink.

Good Evening on the 27th

We had a great turnout for the AAS, UskAS and HOVAS get together in the Hen & Chickens. Thanks to all those who turned up, hope you had a good evening and also hope we can keep the momentum up in 2024.

Martin Griffiths gave a talk about Mars : Life – Fiction – Fact – Robots etc. I enjoyed it and it seemed to go down well. Suffice to say that Martin seemed to be a bit frustrated at sending more robotic missions to investigate what we already know and is waiting for engineers, biologists (and people with shovels to dig a few holes more than 8cm deep) to visit.

For the future are there any topics that people would be interested in hearing about, or would like to give a short talk/introduction on? Suggestions are more than welcome. If you fancy giving it a go but are a little shy don’t worry, you don’t need to be an expert, we will give any help that is necessary and the attendees don’t bite.

Again, great to meet up with everyone, enjoy the festive season and I look forward to meeting up again in 2024.