2019 Recipient of the Bill Sutherland Award

This award was set up by the Society in memory of Bill Sutherland, an amateur telescope-maker and early member of CAS, who passed away in 1990. It is given each year, at the AGM, to a CAS member who has displayed outstanding enthusiasm for astronomy and the Society during the previous year.

Several nominations for the 2019 award were made (a good position for the Society to be in!) but the chosen recipient was Joan Payne who has been an almost permanent presence at recent CAS outreach events where she has made a significant contribution to their success and always showed considerable commitment and enthusiasm. The trophy was presented to Joan by CAS Chairperson, Philip Wallace, towards the end of the 2019 AGM on 18th April.

Congratulations, Joan!

Society help for Schools etc

As shown immediately below, 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 which is accessible via this link CAS Child Protection Policy

Society's visit to Cwmdar Primary School

A small team of CAS astronomers made an evening visit to Cwmdar Primary School in Aberdare on the evening of 22nd March 2019 to make presentations to the schoolchildren on several (not too scholarly) astronomical subjects, all of which went down well with the audience, as shown by the pictures below and opposite (posted with the permission of the children's parents).

The presentations were on:

  • NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, SOFIA - a converted Boeing 747 aircraft housing a Hubble-sized telescope
  • "Starry Night" - a bit like "Stellarium'
  • Making meteor craters - using a baking tray with flour in and throwing sweets into it!

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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).

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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, 2nd May 2019 at 7.30 p.m. "What Reionized the Universe?" to be given by Professor Nial Tanvir, University of Leicester. 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 Observing Session

Friday, 26th or Saturday, 27th April 2019 from 8.30 p.m. until midnight at Dyffryn Gardens - please click here

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Friday, 27th September 2019 from 7.30 p.m. until 9.30 p.m at Dyffryn Gardens - please click here

Please note that the Society generally does not hold star parties during the summer months. This is of course because the night skies do not start to get dark until it is quite late which would mean that a star party (usually lasting for about two hours) would finish after 11.00 p.m.


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