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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2017 programme

Welcome to the 2017 programme.  Please note that our schedule differs this year due to speakers’ availability.  We still meet on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month but the usual Cosmology / General arrangement is different in February, March and May.  Our venue is :

The King’s Head Public House, 59 Cross Street, Abergavenny, NP7 5EU.

It is next door to the Town Hall in the centre of the town.

As usual meetings start at 19:30 and everyone and anyone is welcome to attend, no knowledge is necessary, just a curious mind.


13th February – Dr Rhodri Evans, Research Fellow, Cardiff University (School of Physics & Astronomy) : Namibia adventure- telescope building on Namibia’s 3rd highest mountain, Mt Gamsberg  :  Africa’s first millimetre-wave telescope.

27th Feb – Cosmology meeting

13th March – AGM

27th MarchDr Paul Roche, Cardiff University (School of Physics & Astronomy)  :  X ray binaries. To be confirmed

10th April – Cosmology

24th AprilDr Fraser Lewis, Cardiff University (School of Physics & Astronomy) Faulkes Telescope  :  What has astronomy done for us? 

8th MayAndy Burns,  Chairman of the Wiltshire AS and co-director of the Griffin Educational Observatory, El Bosque, Andalucia. Subject to be arranged

22nd May – Cosmology

12th June – Cosmology

26th JuneDr Chris North, Cardiff University (School of Physics & Astronomy), the Ogden Science Lecturer for Cardiff University, STFC Public Engagement Fellowship, focussing on Gravitational Wave research: Gravitational Waves. 

July & August  :  Summer Break

11th September – Nick Busby, AAS  :  Basics – The Sun – what is it’s Structure and how does it work.

25th September – Keith Moseley, MARS (Monmouth Astronomy Research Society), ex Head of Physics, Monmouth School  :  Trans-Neptunian objects, Keith will take a look at the many dwarf planets and other bits and pieces that lie beyond the 8 planets of the solar system.

9th OctoberSubject to be confirmed

23rd October – Andy Newsam, Prof of Astronomy Education & Engagement, Director of National Schools’ Observatory, ESERO-UK Space Ambassador  :  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 poses its own questions. So, how are astronomers trying to find the answers and how can you help?

13th November – Nick Busby – The Sun is our closest star but has been poorly understood until research in the past few decades has gradually unraveled many of its mysteries – what is in the core? how does it keep going? how will it evolve? what is solar weather and sunspots?  In this session will discuss the latest findings that help to explain the most important object in our solar system.

27th November – Martin Griffiths, Director of the Brecon Beacons Observatory, Astronomer & Science Presenter for Dark Skies-Wales  :  Observing the Moon and how we regard the Moon in science and culture. Martin returns to the Society and continues the theme of the solar system with a look at the Moon.  We see it in the sky each month and it has intrigued societies and cultures since prehistoric times.  It is critical to the astronomical stability of the Earth and therefore crucial to our very existence.  Martin has a very great knowledge of both observational astronomy and also the myths and legends associated with heavenly bodies, it promises to be a fascinating talk. 

11th DecemberSubject to be confirmed

 

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