PART 1: LATEST NEWS

What's Up: January 2020 Skywatching Tips from NASA

Dr Edward Gomez's talk on Thursday, 13th February 2020

Dr Gomez of the School of Physics and Astronomy at Cardiff University will be giving a talk for the bicentenary of the Royal Astronomical Society next month entitled "Only a matter of time: Is time-travel science or science fiction?". The talk will be given in the Trevithick Lecture Theatre (also the venue for the Society's fortnightly talks). More information as well as booking arrangements can be found here

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BBC's Mastermind are looking for contenders!

We have been asked by Mastermind's Casting Researcher to let Society members know that the programme-makers are currently scouring the UK to find contenders for the next series! Do you, or perhaps someone you know, have what it takes to go all the way? Mastermind will be holding auditions across the UK shortly, so it's best to get applications in sooner rather than later. Anyone interested should email mastermind.hth@hattrick.com to request an application form.

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Constellations and Mythology

This website - suggested to us by 10-year-old Alyssa from Utah, USA - provides masses of information on this interesting topic!

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PART 2: THE SOCIETY'S UPCOMING EVENTS

Next Talk

Thursday, 23rd January 2020 at 7.30 p.m. "Potential for Life on the Moons of the Solar System" to be given by Martin Griffiths - Dark Sky Wales.

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

The icy moons of the solar system seem an unlikely abode for life. Recent observations by spacecraft may have opened up new possibilities about these forgotten places. This lecture will explore the possibilities of life originating and evolving in such seemingly improbable environments.

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*Martin Griffiths has been interested in astronomy from a young age. Currently, he is the Director of the Brecon Beacons Observatory, a public educational resource in the Brecon Beacons National Park, and an Astronomer and Science Presenter for Dark Sky Wales. He is a Dark Sky Ambassador for the Brecon Beacons National Park. Martin has taught astronomy for over 30 years and developed adult education programmes for Swansea University and taught undergraduate astronomy at the University of South Wales and the University of the Heads of the Valleys Initiative (UHOVI). He is interested in all aspects of astronomy from observing with small telescopes to cosmology, but particularly enjoys observing and photographing the Milky Way and other astronomical objects.

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

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Next Observing Session

Friday, 24th January or Saturday, 25th January 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

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

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.