Meteor watching party this Saturday!

Its that time of year again, time for the Perseid meteor shower.  They are around for the first couple of weeks of August and in Abergavenny tonight it is forecast to be clear so you may see some.  The Moon  is not well placed tonight but certainly worth a try.  Saturday evening is close to […]

Last Session of the Summer – Dr Chris North

A good last session of the summer from Chris North this week and a good turnout.  Lots of questions both technical and on the value of fundamental research

An interesting article has been published recently on the discovery of an orbiting pair of super massive black holes, each around 15 billion times the mass […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

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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 […]

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 […]

Comet hunt time!

The comet with the snappy name of 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak is now quite easily visible with binoculars and is presently very high in the sky, virtually overhead.  it was first discovered by Horace Tuttle in May 1858 and later described again by Michel Giacobini in 1907 and then again by Ľubor Kresák in 1907 – hence its […]