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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Next meeting is Monday 12th February, Beginner’s guide to the solar system

The next meeting of the astronomy society is on Monday 12th February.  We will have another “back to basics” session with a beginner’s guide to the solar system.  Using some very cool software, that models the solar system and beyond in beautiful 3D, we fly to each of the planets in turn and other objects […]

Monday 8th January – Back to basics

For all those that got shiny new binoculars for Christmas or even a telescope or for those just starting out in astronomy, this session is to help you find your way around the night sky, identify constellations and patterns in the stars and remember them.  Finding your way around the sky is a skill that […]

Next Meeting : Monday 11th December, 2017

This meeting was cancelled due to the weather

At our next meeting we will be having mince pies & mulled wine to mark the season.

The topic will be  :  “Where has everything come from?” We already know where little boys and little girls come from – slugs & snails : sugar & spice – […]

Last Meeting 13th November

A good session last Monday, when Nick highlighted key facts about our nearest star, the Sun.  The “News of the Month” presentation has been put on the “Downloads” page. HERE

Artist impression of the dust clouds around Proxima Centauri  :  credit ESO/M Kommesser

One question that generated discussion but no definitive answer related to […]

Neutron Star Collisions – Where Gold, Platinum & other heavy elements are made

The LIGO-Virgo Collaboration plus leaders of telescope project teams gave an interesting press conference today in Washington.

It was to announce the results of the Gravitational Wave that was detected on the 17th August (GW170917).  This latest detection was noted at our meeting last Monday.  It turns out that this event was the merger of […]

Next Meeting – Monday 23rd Oct. “The Dynamic Universe”

Andy Newsam, (Prof of Astronomy Education & Engagement, Astrophysics Research Institute, Liverpool; Director of National Schools’ Observatory; ESERO-UK Space Ambassador) will give a talk about “The Dynamic Universe”

The Universe is a dynamic, ever-changing place full of extremes. From black holes to asteroids, massive exploding stars to elusive distant planets, every part of the Universe […]