PART 1: NEWS

A New Initiative - Discussions Prior to the Fortnightly Talks

We have started a series of informal meetings at which members can discuss astronomical topics with other members. These sessions are held immediately prior to some of the scheduled fortnightly talks (6.45-7.30 p.m.) and take place at the back of the lecture theatre. If members present want to continue the session after the talk there is a coffee area on the ground floor of the Queen's Buildings and the nearest Wetherspoons pub is just down the road. The first of these sessions was held before the talk on 20th September 2018 and was on 'Aligning Your Telescope'.

The next session will be held in advance of the talk on 18th October 2018 and will be on 'Helping (in any way you can) at activities such as Star Parties and Public Events'. Beginners are particularly welcome as this is an informal way to learn more about the subject, meet people from other organisations, see behind the scenes at the National Museum of Wales, perhaps attend a planetarium show, and enjoy a very sociable event. The only requirement is your enthusiasm! You will be looked after with travelling expenses paid for any event outside of the city and its immediate surrounds. Join in and enjoy!

Further details are available here

Stargazing with Dark Sky Wales and the Cardiff Astronomical Society

on Friday, 26th October 2018 from 7.00 p.m. at the Brecon Beacons National Park. Tickets cost £15 and will need to be purchased by any Society members who are not part of the outreach team or helping at the event. More details are available here

Society for the History of Astronomy (SHA) Autumn Conference and AGM 2018

on Saturday, 27th October from 9.30 a.m. at the John Lee Theatre in Birmingham.

More information and ticket details are available here and the programme for the day can be found here

Tim Peake's Space Capsule Family Day

on Saturday, 17th November 2018 from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. at the National Museum Cardiff.

This is a chance to get close to the Russian (Soyuz) capsule that conveyed Major Peake to and from the International Space Station in 2015/16. The Society will be there to answer any questions and to provide any help you may need to get you started with the fascinating subject of astronomy. We will have an information table, ideas and examples of what you need and some equipment on show. Thinking of buying a telescope or binoculars for Christmas? Then come and see us first!

More details are available here

Loughton Astronomical Society's 50th Anniversary

CAS members have been invited to join the West Essex-based Loughton Astronomical Society (LAS) on Saturday, 10th November 2018 to help celebrate their 50th anniversary. The day will start with displays, demonstrations and an indoor planetarium in the morning, followed by lectures from top astronomers in the afternoon. Further information on the event (including ticket purchase details) can be found on the LAS website here

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PART 2: THE CARDIFF ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY & ITS UPCOMING EVENTS

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 Physics and Astronomy Department of Cardiff University. In addition, regular night sky (and occasional solar) observing sessions are held 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 or binoculars. 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

>Next Observing Session

Friday, 2nd or Saturday, 3rd November 2018 - please click here

>Next Star Party

Friday, 9th November from 7.30-9.30 p.m. at Dyffryn Gardens - please click here

>Next Talk

Thursday, 18th October at 7.30 p.m. - "Spectroscopy" to be given by Marc Delaney, Cardiff Astronomical Society. All talks - which start at 7.30 p.m. and finish no later than 9.30 p.m. - are held at the School of Physics and Astronomy, Cardiff University, The Queen's Buildings, The Parade, Cardiff CF24 3AA - please click here

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Come and join some of the Society's 300-plus members at one of our talks or observing events. We promise a warm and friendly welcome for all. Only £15.00 per annum also means you can make use of our Library.

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