Llanthony Priory, Thursday 7th March 2013

Abergavenny AS joined with Usk AS and HOVAS for an event hosted by Julia Bradbury for the BBC TV show Country File, broadcast on Sunday 24th at 7pm.  Equipped with a range of telescopes, they were at odds with the weather so a planetarium was installed in a nearby barn.  Ruth Coulthard from the Brecon Beacons Park Authority told the gathering about the recent Dark Sky status and what it will mean for the area and Martin Griffiths from Pontyprydd University demonstrated how the darkness of night skies is measured.

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Abergavenny Environmental Fair, 14th October 2012

This annual event took place on the 14th October in the Market Hall in Abergavenny.  Abergavenny AS hosted along with Usk AS and the Usk AS planetarium was on show, along with static displays and telescopes.

Royal Welsh Show, 23rd – 26th July 2012

Abergavenny AS supported the Brecon Beacons National Park stand at the Royal Welsh show which was on from the 20th to the 23rd of August.  There was an audio visual display showing a video of the dark sky area and also photographs of members astronomical work taken from within the park.  The weather was kind and we were able to demonstrate two solar telescopes, one showing the sun in white light and the other in Hα.  There was some sunspots present but a most spectacular prominence on the 21st.  A lot of interest was generated, many believing observing the sun through a telescope to be impossible, were simply amazed at what could be seen.

Observing the solar prominences at the Royal Welsh Show


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