Monday 24th September – Next Meeting

For our next meeting we welcome back Andy Burns, Chairman of the Wiltshire AS and co-director of the Griffin Educational Observatory, Andalucia. The title of his talk is

“Welcome to the Dark Side:  Dark nebulae, discovery and views“

It should be of interest to everyone, with plenty of pictures I am sure.

Andy may […]

Monday 10th September – Next meeting

“The trouble with telescopes”

Amateur telescopes come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, have you ever wondered why there are so many different types and what they all do?  In this session we will look into the intrinsic shortcomings of many designs and what has been done to overcome them.  If you are considering […]

South West Astronomy Fair

The South west astronomy Fair is held each year at the Norman Lockyer Observatory at Sidmouth in Devon.  This year it is being held on the 11th August.  Sidmouth is about 2.5 hour drive away.  It is a good day out with vintage telescopes on display in the domes, talks and trade stands.  Admission is […]

Next meeting 14th May – Prof. Mike Edmunds, Cardiff University, School of Astrophysics and Astronomy : Ancient Astronomy: megaliths, landscapes and cosmologies.

Prof. Mike Edmunds is always one of our most popular speakers – this is one certainly not to be missed – he is lead academic on the Antikythera Mechanism Research Project, a device made in Greece 2,000 years ago.  In this talk he will discuss how much was known about astronomy in ancient times, before […]

Observing session 10th April is cancelled

Unfortunately the weather forecast is not looking good for Tuesday night with  over 90% low cloud until about 11pm when it drops to about 60% cloud cover over Abergavenny.  There is  also chance of light rain.  We will therefore have to look for another date to do some observing, watch this space as they say!

Next Meeting Reminder & Question

Pushed the wrong button and sent out a email by mistake  –  Apologies, K First the reminder:- Next meeting tomorrow, 9th April, Kings Head, Abergavenny at 7:30pm. Topic “Where did all the stuff come from?”. Elements used to make a smart phone are HERE.   Notes I prepared in December for this topic are HERE. 

And […]

Trip to Jodrell Bank and observing opportunity

Jodrell Bank Visit 15th May

In association with Usk Astronomical Society we are arranging a trip to the Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire.  The date is Tuesday the 15th May.  It will be a whole day trip leaving in the morning and arriving bank around 7pm.  The cost of the trip is £7 per person […]

Next Meeting 9th April

Got one of these?  Ever wondered where all the stuff that it takes to make one comes from?  There is a diagram HERE showing the at least  41 elements that go into a common or garden (smart?) mobile phone.

So the question is “How did a universe that started out with just hydrogen end […]

April Meetings

Advance notice of next month’s meetings:-

Monday 9th April  :  Cosmology Discussion Group  –  subject to be confirmed

Monday 23rd April  :  Keith Mosely, MARS (Monmouth Astronomy Research Society)  :  Cassini or Giant Planets of the Solar System, final topic will be confirmed.

Usual time and venue, 7:30pm at the Kings Head, Abergavenny.  All are welcome.

Next Meeting : Monday 26th February, 2018

The next AAS meeting will be on the topic of January’s “Sky at Night” programme,

The Invisible Universe

 

The currently accepted model of the universe suggests that normal stuff, that is me, you, the earth, the planets, stars etc, comprises only 5% of the total; the rest is Dark Something or Other.

 

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