Bill Sutherland Award

Nominations from Society members (including self-nominations!) for recipients of this award, for presentation at the 2019 Society AGM, are now sought. Information about the award - which, please note, cannot be given to serving members of the CAS Committee - is available here

International Astronomical Youth Camp 2019

(21st July to 10th August 2019) - Call for Applications. Are there any young people (aged 16-24) out there who would be interested in attending this event? See here for more details

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Federation of Astronomical Societies (FAS)

The latest FAS Newsletter is available opposite ..................

Chris Hadfield Teaches Space Exploration

See here a link to retired Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield's online masterclass on space exploration. Chris is the first Canadian to walk in space. He flew two Space Shuttle missions and served as commander of the International Space Station.

Astrophotography Competition

with first prize of £300. Closing date is 31st March 2019. More details can be found here

Gift Aid

CAS is now 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) paid since the Society became a registered charity on 31st October 2016 (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 sign a 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 and signed Gift Aid Declaration form in order for us to reclaim the tax paid as Gift Aid.

If you are eligible, please take a form (see the button to the right) and then complete & sign it and pass it to us at one of the fortnightly talks or send it to CAS by post or email (as shown at the bottom of the form).

Thank you for your help.



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 Talk

Thursday, 21st March 2019 at 7.30 p.m. "Stars: How They Live and Die" to be given by Phill Wallace, Cardiff Astronomical Society. Our talks - which finish no later than 9.30 p.m. - are usually held in Room T2.09 (the Trevithick Lecture Theatre) at the School of Physics and Astronomy, Cardiff University, The Queen's Buildings, The Parade, Cardiff CF24 3AA - please click here BUT THIS TALK IS TO BE HELD IN PRINCE PHILIP LECTURE THEATRE, ROOM N/4.07

"Stars are the fundamental building block of the entire Universe and provide all of the heat and light needed to live, and also to see the wonders of the Universe. In their birth they can form new star systems and worlds with the possibility of life and in their death the largest of them provide the elements needed to make those new worlds. Understanding how stars live and die is a crucial part of physics and provides not only a better knowledge of space but also the possibility of completely changing our own world forever."

Phill Wallace

"I have loved space and the Universe since the age of three, when my grandmother bought me an "I Wonder Why" encyclopedia that had astronomy as its first section. Since then I've tried to learn and understand everything I could about the cosmos, to the delight of some of my teachers and the exasperation of others. I came to South Wales in 2010 to study astronomy at the University of South Wales and then, in 2015, I discovered CAS, joining the Committee soon after. In 2016, I became Chairman, and most recently in late 2018 I was elected a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, possibly one of my proudest moments."

>Next Observing Session

Friday, 15th or Saturday, 16th March 2019 from 8.00 p.m. until midnight at Dyffryn Gardens - please click here

>Next Star Party

Friday, 5th April 2019 from 9.30-11.00 p.m. at Dyffryn Gardens - please click here


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