The Society for Popular Astronomy (SPA) held a special meeting in conjunction with the Cardiff Astronomical Society (CAS) on 28th September 2018. The meeting was held at the School of Physics and Astronomy at Cardiff University. The aim of the day was to bring the societies together, meet members old and new, promote what each of the societies do and to enjoy an afternoon of talks.
The Society for Popular Astronomy has been in existence for over 60 years and has around 1500 members. Its main aim is to encourage an interest in astronomy and help beginners of all ages to get a step on the ladder of this amazing subject. They offer meetings and events, courses and every member gets a copy of their bi-monthly magazine, Popular Astronomy.
Doors opened to the public at 12.30pm and there was a chance for enthusiasts to meet members of both societies beforehand. Robin Scagell, the President of the SPA and Osnat Katz, the new editor for Popular Astronomy were on hand to answer questions and to sell a variety of interesting and exciting astronomy merchandise. There were leaflets and copies of Popular Astronomy for free which delighted many people.