AAS

Our inaugural meeting was on the 8th November 2010 and we officially formed in February 2011.
AAS holds monthly meetings with guest speakers.

All guests are welcome!
No knowledge necessary, just a curious mind.

We are able to provide assistance with setting up your telescope or just helping to find your way around the night sky.

AAS is able to host discussions on subjects as varied as Dark Energy through to 'How dark is your sky'.

Come along and get a new perspective on the universe in which you live!

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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 £8.  More details can be found here.

Even if the weather is inclement there is ample cover to dodge showers.  If anyone is interested in going we can arrange some car sharing, just drop me a line at Observing@AbergavennyAS.org.uk

The weather seems to have broken now the kids are on holiday – typical.  Although it does not get very dark at night there has been some good planetary activity to observe.  The total eclipse of the moon was a damp squib from the UK but Jupiter is still easily visible in the south west at dusk followed by Saturn in the south after midnight.  Saturn’s rings are wonderfully displayed at present so if you have access to a telescope do try and have a look.

Mars is at its closest since the early noughtys and although is very low indeed is very much bigger than normal so worth even looking with the naked eye.  It is the very bright red/orange object low in the south after midnight. It must be said that for those with telescopes the opposition has been a bit of a disappointment.  Dust storms have encircled the planet making it very difficult to see any surface detail.  Hopefully it will settle in the coming weeks.

 

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