PART 1: LATEST NEWS

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

What's Up: February 2020 Skywatching Tips from NASA

Stargazing on Flat Holm island - a possibility!

If any Society members would be interested in attending a star party or a similar astronomical observing session on this amazing island (which is a short boat ride from Cardiff Bay) they are invited to complete the following brief survey

Any such event could probably be preceded by a walk around the island which is designated as a Local Nature Reserve, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Protection Area because of the maritime grassland and rare plants such as rock sea-lavender and wild leek. Flat Holm also has significant breeding colonies of gulls and is home to slowworms with larger than usual blue markings.

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Star Attractions at the Museum on Saturday, 21st March 2020 from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

CAS will be teaming up with other South Wales astronomical societies and AstroCymru to help the National Museum Cardiff in Cathays Park to run this FREE event. As in previous years, telescopes and actual meteorites will be on display as well as planetarium and 3D space shows (bookable on the day), a model of the solar system and various other activities. Experienced astronomers will be there in abundance to provide guidance and answer questions on all all matters astronomical!

In addition, there will be two talks which need to be pre-booked. "200 Years of Astronomy 1820 -2020" is the title of the talk to be given by Mike Edmunds of Cardiff University - tickets can be booked here. CAS Chairperson Phill Wallace's talk will be on "Stars: How they Live and Die" - tickets can be booked here.

More information about the whole event can be found here

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... and look out for CAS's merchandise stall!

How to Get Started With Astronomy While on a Shoestring Budget

The information here should be helpful to people starting out on astronomy. There are also links to websites that may be of interest to all astronomers!

PART 2: THE SOCIETY'S UPCOMING EVENTS

Next Talk

Thursday, 5th March 2020 at 7.30 p.m. "'Gravitational Waves" to be given by Prof Fay Dowker - Imperial College London

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, 27th March 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 Kath Compton, the Society's Membership Secretary, at Membership.Secretary@cardiff-astronomical-society.co.uk

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Next Observing Session

Friday, 20th or Saturday, 21st March 2020 from 8.00 p.m. until midnight at Dyffryn Gardens. Further details are available here

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PART 3: OTHER NEWS

Catch the very latest astronomy news from Space.com

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

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

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

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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.