AAS

Our inaugural meeting was on the 8th November 2010 and we officially formed in February 2011.
AAS holds monthly meetings, often 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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Meetings-2019 programme

Welcome to the 2019 programme.  
Our meetings schedule remains the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month. 
The calendar of dates for the year is set out below, details will be posted on the web-site as the schedule is firmed up through the year.
The normal routine is a discussion group on News/Cosmology/Basic items on the 2nd Monday and General topics, often with a guest speaker, on the 4th Monday.
 Our venue is in an upstairs room at:

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.


January 14th  
“Round the Table” Discussion  
:           List of suggested topics:-
Missions
            New Horizons Ultima Thule flyby
            Chang’e 4 moon landing on the far side
            Juno Mission
Solar System
            Saturn’s rings are raining down
            The sun remarkable stability
            The second sun sibling discovered
            How far out is “Farout”?  120/130 AU, or 11 billion miles apparently.
Life
            Building blocks of life forming spontaneously
Cosmology
            Mapping Dark Matter with rogue stars
            Is our universe the mirror image of an antimatter universe extending backwards in time before the Big Bang? 

January 28th  
Keith Mosely, FRAS, Monmouth ARS, 
gave a talk about the BepiColombo joint European/Japanese mission to investigate the planet Mercury.
BepiColombo is a joint mission of the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) to the planet Mercury.  The mission comprises two satellites launched together: the Mercury Planetary Orbiter (MPO) and Mio (Mercury Magnetospheric OrbiterMMO).  The mission will perform a comprehensive study of Mercury, including characterization of its magnetic field, magnetosphere, and both interior and surface structure. It was launched on an Ariane 5 rocket on 20 October 2018 at 01:45 UTC, with an arrival at Mercury planned for December 2025, after a flyby of Earth, two flybys of Venus, and six flybys of Mercury. Wikipedia

February 11th            
“Round the Table” Discussion  
:          Suggested Topics:-
1          Formation of the Solar System  –  planetary migration
2          Did a collision trigger life on earth
3          Mining the Moon
4          Black Hole spinning as fast as it theoretically can.
5          Dark Matter: The milky way halo & another low DM galaxy discovered.
6          The Hubble Constant confusion: using quasars to estimate it’s value.

February 25th            
Jenifer Millard, Astrophysics PhD student, Cardiff University  
:         
A brief journey through historical studies of galaxies, building up to our current understanding of the major galaxy types that exist today, examining the differences between these and looking at them using different wavelengths of light. We’ll also see how dust is to astronomers how bones are to a palaeontologist… Finally, I’ll finish with a brief look at my current research work in this field.

March 11th    
Professor Jane Greaves, Astronomy Group, Cardiff School of Physics and Astronomy  
:          
“Spinning Space Diamonds”.  Jane talked about the sparkling trail of diamonds from exploding stars to the birth of the solar system. Her team recently found diamonds orbiting a few very young luminous stars, and she discussed how this chance discovery came about and how it helped to solve a problem of mystery radio waves that has existed for over 20 years.

March 25th                                                                  :           AGM

April 8th         
Chris Allton, Professor of Theoretical Physics, Department of Physics, Swansea University :
All the matter we know about in the universe is comprised of just 19 particles.  Quarks are the most massive and they combine together to form neutrons and protons to make atomic nuclei. Quarks are bound together by the Strong Force – and this Force is incredibly strong, each quark is held to its neighbour by a force equivalent to the weight of three elephants!  At high temperatures and pressures, around a trillion degrees, quarks can become free.  The talk explores how this new phase of matter and neutron stars are related.

April 22nd                                                                   :           BANK HOLIDAY

May 13th        
Dr Andreas Papageorgiou, Research Associate, Astronomy Instrumentation Group, Cardiff School of Physics & Astronomy.
Since 2008, Dr Papageorgiou has been full-time involved with all phases of space telescope missions.  He will be talking about the work he was involved in with the Spectral and Photometric Imaging Receiver (SPIRE) which was on the Herschel infra red space telescope, which operated from 2009 to 2013.

May 27th                                                                     :           BANK HOLIDAY

June 10th        
“Round the Table” Discussion
         :           List of suggested topics issued around 1 week before the meeting.

June 24th<
Professor Matt Griffin, Astronomy Instrumentation Group, Cardiff Uni.  :           ARIEL

July  –  August  :  Summer Break, NO MEETINGS

Sept 9th & 23rd

Oct 14th & 28th

Nov 11th & 25th

Dec 9th & 23rd