BREAKING NEWS - Talks on Gravitational Waves

Following the recent award of the 2017 Nobel Prize for Physics to a team of scientists who made decisive contributions to the detection and observation of gravitational waves*, Cardiff University's School of Physics and Astronomy will be holding a series of talks and a drinks reception on Friday, 20th October in the Julian Hodge Building at Cardiff University. The talks should be suitable for ages 12 and over.

For more information, including a location map, and to book free tickets, go to the University's Eventbrite page

*Gravitational waves are tiny ripples in space-time that are emitted as a result of violent cosmic events, such as exploding stars and merging black holes.


Welcome to the Cardiff Astronomical Society

The Cardiff Astronomical Society (CAS) is a thriving society located in South-East Wales. It has been in existence for over 40 years and is one of the largest amateur astronomical societies in the UK. CAS continues to provide a range of facilities for both Society members and the public at large including a varied programme of talks on Thursday evenings (except in August) at the Cardiff University's Physics and Astronomy Department (off Newport Road) and regular night sky (and occasional solar) observing sessions at the Society's own Observatory at Dyffryn Gardens.

Our members come from all walks of life and their knowledge of astronomy ranges from complete beginner to advanced. You don't need any specialist knowledge to join us and neither do you need to own a telescope. It's also possible to try us out before joining!

More details about the Society and what it does are available here

We are keen to get more Society members on board to assist with the running of CAS events - please see here how you can Help Us

Upcoming CAS events

  • Next talk

Thursday, 19th October 2017 - "The Day They Launched A Woodpecker, Part 1" - Jerry Stone, Spaceflight UK
From 7.30 p.m. till 9.30 p.m. (at the latest) at Cardiff University's School of Physics and Astronomy, Queen's Buildings, The Parade, Cardiff CF24 3AA venue for talks

  • Next observing session

Friday, 20th or Saturday, 21st October 2017 - please click here

  • Stargazing, Dyffryn Gardens

Saturday, 28th October 2017 - Stargazing Evening 6.30 p.m. till 9.30 p.m.
Places are limited so you are advised to book early. You are welcome to attend with your own telescope but it would not be covered by the Society's insurance and so CAS would not be liable for any damage or loss. Unless CAS members are attending as part of the outreach team they will need to purchase a ticket see here
To book a ticket please contact Dyffryn Gardens by phoning: 029 2059 3328.
Thinking of helping out? This is what member Ian Mclean said after he came to Brecon on Oct 14th:
It was my first time and I must say that it was fantastic. The fact that the clouds cleared made the whole evening even better. I'm now looking forward to Dyffryn on the 28th October. See you all there.

For more information about the Gardens their web site is:

  • Stargazing, St. Fagans

Saturday, 18th November 2017
This is being organised by the National Museum of Wales and CAS is only one of the organisations that will be present.
More details as we get them

  • Next star party

Friday, 24th November 2017 - please click here

Come and join some of the Society's 300-plus members at one of our meetings or observing sessions.
We promise a warm and friendly welcome for all!!

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