PART 1: LATEST NEWS

Home

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

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

  • all of the fortnightly talks scheduled up until the end of April have been CANCELLED and further talks are also likely to be cancelled; and
  • no CAS Star Parties at our Observatory at Dyffryn Gardens are currently planned and the Observatory is now closed until further notice.

We will keep members updated on future developments via this website and other suitable means. PLEASE LOOK AFTER YOURSELVES

Go Stargazing Challenge - Sunday, 5th April!

Please see here

Home

Moons of the Solar System - a talk by Dave Rothery, Professor of Planetary Sciences at The Open University

This video is made available here with the kind permission of the Society for Popular Astronomy to whom the talk was presented on 27th July 2019.

Prof Dave Rothery: Moons of the Solar System from Society for Popular Astronomy on Vimeo.

What's Up: April 2020 Skywatching Tips from NASA

Talks about the Moon Illusion!

Home

Image of NGC6188 taken on 25th March 2020 using Telescope Live

"Telescope Live" Remote Imaging

Telescope Live is a new online platform for amateur and professional astronomers alike that provides access to a global network of eight robotic telescopes located under the best skies across the world. Their telescopes are located in Australia, Chile, and Spain, and range in size from small 100 mm refractors to large 100 cm reflectors.

CAS has been contacted by Telescope Live who believe access to clear skies and the southern hemisphere can provide a great opportunity for UK amateur astronomers, and they are offering CAS members an exclusive offer worth £70 to try Telescope Live.

To take up this offer, any CAS member can sign up, and use the gift code UKASTRO20. They will get 20 free credits as they sign up, and 50 additional credits with the gift code. Telescope pricing in credits is shown here.

Information on remote astronomy available from other providers can be found in this Sky At Night magazine article.

Astronomy Citizen Science Projects

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

Home

PART 2: THE SOCIETY'S UPCOMING EVENTS

Next Talk

NO FURTHER TALKS ARE PLANNED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

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

Next Star Party

NO FURTHER STAR PARTIES ARE PLANNED FOR THE FORSEEABLE FUTURE

Home

Next Observing Session

NO FURTHER OBSERVING SESSIONS ARE PLANNED FOR THE FORSEEABLE FUTURE

Home

PART 3: OTHER NEWS

New book by Professor Mike Disney, Cardiff University

A new book, Thinking for Ourselves, by Professor Disney, one of the Society's Vice Presidents, has just been published. Extra details here.

Home

Catch the very latest astronomy news from Space.com

PART 4: 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

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

Home

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 5: JOIN OR SUPPORT CAS

Join the Society

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) 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 (using the button opposite) 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 (see the bottom of the form). Thank you for your help!

Support CAS when shopping online