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 […]

Matters from the Discussion Group 9th Oct.

There weren’t many who could make Monday evening’s session but it was very lively none the less.

The “News of the Month” that was presented at the meeting  has been posted on the “Downloads” page HERE

One question that came up, but wasn’t answered, concerned the analysis of the LIGO data.  Basically “How do we […]

Notes for Meeting Monday 9th Oct. : Black Holes and Dark Matter

I have posted brief notes for tomorrow’s meeting on the downloads page  HERE  Feel free to expand/correct these thoughts.  I won’t be upset!

I have just checked the Links on the Notes and they don’t appear to be working.  So, as I haven’t got time to check them out now they are repeated below:

SOME […]

Meeting Monday 25th September, The Kuiper belt and beyond, Keith Moseley

 

This Monday we welcome back Keith Moseley who will give a talk entitled “The Kuiper Belt and Beyond”. The Kuiper belt is named after Gerard Kuiper and is the region of the solar system beyond Neptune where the short period comets come from.  It is also the home to the so-called Trans-Neptunian Objects […]

The Sun – Next meeting this coming Monday 11th Sep @ 7:30pm

Every thing you wanted to know about our Sun but were afraid to ask (well maybe!). http://abergavennyas.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/GMS-NASA-On-Air-Five-Day-Solar-Show-5292015.mp4

5 Day Solar Show video from NASA

Nick will talk about our sun, the source of all life on Earth.  He will deal with the basics and no doubt will have photos taken with his solar […]