PART 1: LATEST NEWS

Scientists have detected the brightest, most energetic light in the universe for the first time

Read a report here

What's Up: December 2019 Skywatching Tips from NASA

Astronomy books for Christmas?

We have some suggestions here

PART 2: THE SOCIETY'S UPCOMING EVENTS

Next Talk

Thursday, 12th December 2019 at 7.30 p.m. "ISM (Dust and Gas) in Nearby Galaxies" to be given by Dr Matthew Smith - Cardiff University.

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

Friday, 24th January 2020 from 7.30 p.m. until 9.30 p.m at Dyffryn Gardens - please click here

Enquiries about this Star Party should be made to Theresa Cooper, the Society's Public Events Organiser, at Public.Events.Organiser@cardiff-astronomical-society.co.uk

Next Observing Session

Friday, 6th December or Saturday, 7th December 2019 from 8.00 p.m. until midnight at Dyffryn Gardens. Further details are available here

PART 3: OTHER NEWS

Catch the very latest astronomy news from Space.com

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

A beginner's guide to astronomy

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

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

If you chose to do so, every time you shop online via 'easyfundraising' at one of 2,700 retailers (including AmazonSmile, John Lewis, Next and Argos) a donation will be made to the Society and it won't cost you a penny extra. It's really simple to get started but please click here for more information including an important tip.