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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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2015 Archive

2015

 

12th January 2015   :   Cosmology Study Group   :   Nick Busby   :   String theory vs Loop quantum gravity

26th January 2015   :    AAS talk   :   Alan Cruttenton – retired rocket scientist   :   The Rosetta Mission to Comet 67P

9th February 2015   :   Cosmology Study Group   :   Nick Busby   :   How Quantum gravity is changing the way physicists think the Universe started

23rd February 2015   :    AAS talk   :   Ray Cassar – Techniquest, Cardiff   :   Globular Clusters and secrets of the formation of stars and galaxies

9th March 2015   :   The Abergavenny Astronomical Society AGM    :   also talk    :   The New Horizons Mission to Pluto and the Kuiper belt

23rd March 2015   :   AAS talk    :   Prof Steve Eales, Cardiff University    :   The top 10 discoveries of the Herschel Space Observatory – the ESA infra-red telescope that operated  from July 2009 until June 2013

13th April 2015   :   Cosmology Study Group    :   Kevin Houston    :   Black Holes: Do they mark the edge of Space? – Basics plus a look at Polchinski’s theory

27th April 2015   :   AAS talk    :   Nick Busby    :   Astrolabes to Planispheres – 2000 years of finding our way amongst the stars plus a practical demonstration on how to use a planisphere and a telescope viewing session

11th May 2015   :   Cosmology Study Group    :   Kevin Houston    :   Recent news items plus “How did we end up here?” a brief look at the evolution of, and possible futures for the cosmos.

18th May 2015   :   AAS talk    :   Dr Chris North, Cardiff University, School of Astrophysics and Astronomy & UK Herschel Outreach Officer     :   “Herschel Space Observatory” – it’s scientific discoveries and its legacy.

8th June 2015   :   Cosmology Study Group    :  Keith Young   :   Recent news items  :  “The Biocentric Universe” – looking at the alternative cosmology theories of Robert Lanza MD.

22nd June 2015   :    AAS Talk    :  Nick Busby    :   .

14th September 2015   :   Cosmology Study Group    :  Kevin Houston   :   Recent news items  :  “Gravitons – What are they & do they exist?” – a quick look at the development of gravitational theory.

28th September 2015   :   AAS Talk    :  Andy Burns, Wiltshire AS, co-director of the Griffon Educational Observatory in Andalucía   :   Andy talked about the life and works of one the most important influences in 19th century science, Sir John Hershel.

12th October 2015   :   Cosmology Study Group    :  Gene Kent & Kal Sarwar  :  Recent News items  :  Gene & Kal introduced the topic of “Current & Near future Propulsion Technologies”

26th October 2015   :    AAS Talk    :  Nick Busby  :  Description of how analysis of meteorites can provide evidence and a timescale for the formation of our solar system.  Complete with meteorite samples.

9th November 2015   :   Cosmology Study Group    :  Kevin Houston & Nick Busby  :  Spectroscopy for beginners  :  Looking at the theory, practice and interpretation of astronomical spectra.

23rd November 2015   :    AAS Talk    :  Dr Rhodri Evans, Cardiff University, School of Physics and Astronomy  :  Will be talking about the NASA/German project, SOFIA, and the instrument he has been involved with, HAWC (High Resolution Wideband Camera).  SOFIA is a airborne observatory, based on a Boeing 747-SP.  It is primarily an IR telescope but also carries out observations at other frequencies.  First Light was 2010 and it has an expected lifetime of 25 years.

7th December 2015   :    Joint Christmas Function with Usk AS and Heads of the Valleys AS (HoVAS)

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