PART 1: LATEST NEWS

Professor Jon Davies, Cardiff University

We are very sad to inform you that Professor Jon Davies recently passed away. Jon was one of our vice-presidents and a lovely chap with such a sense of humour.

Those of you who have been members for a few years will remember him talking to the society on numerous occasions. He talked about topics such as his ground breaking work with Mike Disney on low surface brightness galaxies. And we also all enjoyed those lively (Oxford Uni. type) debates between him and Mike Edmunds. It was always a continuing joke that Mike usually won most votes. Also, at the request of CAS, he gave a talk to a Star Trek convention held in the MOTO arena. He took it in good fun, joining in with the spirit of the weekend.

Trustees, Officers and Members of CAS would like to send our sincerest condolences to his family. He will be sorely missed and it is strange to think that we will not see Jon on any future talks programme.

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Next Talk

Please note that all talks will be held on the Zoom video conferencing platform for the foreseeable future. Invitations to Zoom talks are sent to CAS members shortly in advance. Members planning to watch a talk should try to enter the Society's Zoom "Waiting Room" before 7.30 p.m., as late entry may be distracting for everyone.
The resumption of talks within a lecture theatre environment will be clearly announced.

Thursday 9th December 2021 at 7.30 p.m. "Overview of the UK Space Agency" presented by Derek Smale, UKSA

Talk Description

Derek will give an overview of the agency describing some of its ongoing missions. This includes the
Space Safety Programme which focuses on threats from space such as space weather & near earth
objects.

Our speaker:

Derek Smale has been with the UK Space agency for over 3 years. The agency is the main
government body which runs the UK civil space programme. Derek has worked on the spaceflight
programme which focuses on achieving launches from UK soil

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The Society's activities during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

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During the coronavirus crisis the Society wishes to ensure that the risks to CAS members and the wider public are minimised. Accordingly, please note that:

  • for the time being the fortnightly talks in the 2021/22 season will continue to be held using the Zoom video conferencing platform (see the guidance below); and
  • no CAS Star Parties at our Observatory at Dyffryn Gardens are currently planned, and the Observatory is closed until further notice.

We will keep members updated on future developments via this website and other suitable means. We hope everyone stays well during the crisis.

GUIDANCE ON ZOOM: See this short video on how to join a Zoom meeting and this specific CAS guidance

The Royal Astronomical Society GCSE Poster Competition 2022

The competition is open to students currently studying GCSE Astronomy and the deadline for submissions is February 14, 2022.

Winners will receive book token prizes of 1st = £100, 2nd = £50, 3rd = £25.

Full details can be found on their website: RAS GCSE Astronomy Poster Competition 2022

If you have any queries please email Nush Cole at ncole@ras.ac.uk

CAS Social on alternate Tuesday Evenings via Zoom (Members Only)

Alternate Tuesday evenings (in the same week as a Society Talk) from 19:00 to around 21:00 we hold a social get together on zoom where we chat about both astronomical and non-astronomical subjects, have a quiz and have presentations by members. These presentations are usually on either member's hobbies or their travels but can be on anything they think others will find interesting.
Why not come along one week to see what you think. You do not need to stay for the whole session and people often arrive late or leave early because of other commitments. It is very informal!
To register your interest email Zoom@cardiff-astronomical-society.co.uk please include your Membership Number and you will be sent a link to the next session.

STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) Online Events including some for Junior Members

The Public Engagement Team at RAL in conjunction with some of their sister labs have arranged a series of online talks. These include some on Dark Matter and some on The James Webb Space Telescope as well as a range of other topics.

There will also be further talks in the popular Talking Science series which is aimed at secondary school age children including, for example, The Science of Dr Who (age 12+); Tuesday 23 November 18:00, by Karl Byrne

Further details of the talks can be downloaded by clicking on the button to the right and there you will also find the links to book the talks

Other Non CAS Upcoming events

  • Enrol on one of the free talks being run by The Geological Society of London about the Geology of Space. For more details see here
  • Watch the talks run by Palomar Observatory See here. The times given are Pacific Time but you can view the talks at any point afterwards on YouTube.

The night sky this month

(Courtesy of BBC Sky at Night Magazine)

Day-by-day guide to this month's night sky

- text and photos

PART 2: THE SOCIETY'S UPCOMING EVENTS

Next Star Party

DUE TO CORONAVIRUS NO STAR PARTIES ARE PLANNED UNTIL WE GET CONFIRMATION FROM DYFFRYN GARDENS THAT THEY ARE ABLE TO RESUME

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Next Observing Session

DUE TO CORONAVIRUS NO OBSERVING SESSIONS ARE PLANNED UNTIL WE GET CONFIRMATION FROM DYFFRYN GARDENS THAT THEY ARE ABLE TO RESUME

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PART 3: THE CARDIFF ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY

Introduction to CAS

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 provides 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

JOIN OR SUPPORT CAS

Come and join some of the Society's 275 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

Gift Aid

CAS is registered for Gift Aid. This means that, if you are a UK taxpayer, we can claim back the standard rate tax on subscriptions (and on any donations) giving an effective 25% boost to the amount the Society has received. However, in order to reclaim these monies from HMRC, we need all members who pay tax to complete and return a Charity Gift Aid Declaration form. Please note that if you have paid your subscriptions by PayPal, you will have already been asked if you would consent to those subscriptions being Gift Aided - but we still need a completed Charity Gift Aid Declaration form in order for us to reclaim the tax paid as Gift Aid.

If you are eligible, please take a form (using the button opposite) and then complete it and pass it to us at one of the fortnightly talks or send it to CAS by post or email (see the bottom of the form). Thank you for your help!

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Society help for schools etc

SADLY, THIS ACTIVITY WAS SUSPENDED IN JANUARY 2020 BECAUSE OF A LACK OF RESOURCES WITHIN CAS. IT CAN BE RESUMED ONLY IF MORE VOLUNTEERS COME FORWARD TO PROVIDE HELP

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As shown here, Cardiff Astronomical Society welcomes all invitations from organisations such as colleges, schools and guide/scout/brownie groups located in Cardiff and surrounding areas for an outreach stargazing/astronomical event for all ages and levels of knowledge. Society members very much enjoy bringing our passion for the subject to a wider audience and helping everyone to get started in this fascinating subject. We do not charge a fee for our expertise and participation; the enjoyment is enough reward and we will do our very best to ensure a worthwhile and enthralling evening. We would, however, be grateful for reimbursement of travelling expenses and petrol costs to venues outside of Cardiff and its environs. Otherwise the cost would fall on individuals and the non-profit-making Society. It should be noted that CAS has a formal Policy on Child Protection and the Protection of Vulnerable Adults

PART 4: OTHER NEWS

Black Lives Matter in Astronomy

See this update from the Royal Astronomical Society

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