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Newtown Astronomy Society

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  1. Our next meeting is Saturday June 10th at 7pm. when the speaker will be Dr Tony Cook who never fails to surprise and entertain his audiences: ' 5 mad things to do this summer!'

    Meetings take place in the Newtown Scout Hut, Park Lane, Newtown, Powys SY16 1EN.

    Further details contact the Sec. Les Fry at secretary.newtownastrosoc@gmail.com

  2. Newtown Astronomy Society's next meeting is on November 12th 2016 at 7 pm when Mr Les Fry will be giving a talk

    'If I Can Do that  - Astronomers can make anything out of chewing gum and a piece of string'. the talk is how a boy's love of the night sky became a lifelong passion. A talk that takes you from '0' level Astronomy in Dorset to being instrumental in attaining International Dark Sky Status for the Elan Valley Estate in Mid Wales. Meetings take place in the Newtown Scout Hut, Park Lane , Newtown , Powys SY161EN for further information contact A, Bull 01938 810151

  3. Newtown Astronomy Society's next meeting is on October 8th 7pm when Dr Pauline Norris will be giving a talk

    'The Ancient Egyptians and their Astronomy' Dr Norris has a particular interest in how the ancient Egyptians used astronomy in their belief system and what the saw in the sky - topics technically known in reverse order as 'Skyscapes' and the relatively new discipline of cultural astronomy. The meeting will take place in the Newtown Scout Hut, Park Lane, Newtown , Powys SY161EN  For further details contact A. Bull 01938 810151 

  4. Newtown Astronomy Society Newtown Powys. September 10th 2016 'Cook's Tour of the Moon' by Dr Tony Cook. Dr Cook 's talk will describe the history of one of NASA's most successful lunar missions. With a great deal of experience including working on ground based cartographical software for a number of planetary and lunar missions in Germany and the USA. He was involved in a proposal for an early camera design for NASA LRO mission, He is an Assistant Director of the lunar section of the British Astronomical Association and has an asteroid named after him. Presently he is a lecturer in Physics at Aberystwyth University. The meeting is in the Newtown Scout Hut, Park Lane, Newtown 7pm

  5. “Wonders of the Milky Way” by Brandon Lane. Newtown Astronomy Society. Brandon takes the lead for the final, full meeting of the season, with the updated version of his popular Milky Way presentation. Lots of interesting facts and new findings. How it formed, what it contains and what is in store for it in the future. On top of this, a “Telescope Surgery”. If you are having difficulty using your own equipment, bring it along and get some help and advise with how to get the best from it. Contact me before bringing it though. Along with the usual “What’s on?” (Time permitting) Discussions, coffee and biscuits, this should be a great mix for an entertaining and useful night out, and with people who all have similar interests. Saturday 11th June, 7.00pm at Treowen Community Hall. At the McDonalds junction, take the Kerry road, over the railway bridge and take the last right just before you leave Newtown for the countryside. Go up the hill into the Treowen housing estate. After the road levels off, there is a school on the right with a lay-by outside. The community hall is opposite the entrance to the school. SY16 1NL for your Sat Navs. For more information, join our Facebook page or contact Brandon at brandonlane@waitrose.com .
  6. Thanks Ian, you are right. I can't find the "edit" button though. Saturday 14th May, 7.00pm at Treowen Community Hall. 14th May 14th May 14th May 14th May 14th May
  7. “Stellar Surprises” by Sue Walker Ba, MSc. Newtown Astronomy Society. Sue Walker, from the Open University, returns for the second time this season to talk to you about our favourite night time objects, “The Stars”. Their histories, their outcomes and some interesting facts that most people wont know about. On top of this, a “Telescope Surgery”. If you are having difficulty using your own equipment, bring it along and get some help and advise with how to get the best from it. Contact me before bringing it though. Along with the usual “What’s on?” (Time permitting) Discussions, coffee and biscuits, this should be a great mix for an entertaining and useful night out, and with people who all have similar interests. Saturday 12th March, 7.00pm at Treowen Community Hall. At the McDonalds junction, take the Kerry road, over the railway bridge and take the last right just before you leave Newtown for the countryside. Go up the hill into the Treowen housing estate. After the road levels off, there is a school on the right with a lay-by outside. The community hall is opposite the entrance to the school. SY16 1NL for your Sat Navs. For more information, join our Facebook page or contact Brandon at brandonlane@waitrose.com .
  8. Asteroid Mining. Newtown Astronomy Society, this month, brings you the return of Francisco Sánchez as our guest speaker. After arranging for the International Space Station to do a flyby after his last talk (you had to be there), he will tell us about asteroid mining and how some companies are planning to obtain valuable resources from asteroids. On top of this, a “Telescope Surgery”. If you are having difficulty using your own equipment, bring it along and get some help and advise with how to get the best from it. Contact me before bringing it though. Along with the usual “What’s on?” Discussions, coffee and biscuits, this should be a great mix for an entertaining and useful night out, and with people who all have similar interests. Saturday 9th April, 7.00pm at Treowen Community Hall. At the McDonalds junction, take the Kerry road, over the railway bridge and take the last right just before you leave Newtown for the countryside. Go up the hill into the Treowen housing estate. After the road levels off, there is a school on the right with a lay-by outside. The community hall is opposite the entrance to the school. SY16 1NL for your Sat Navs. For more information, join our Facebook page or contact Brandon at brandonlane@waitrose.com . I wonder if Francisco is arranging an “asteroid” flyby?? Hmmm
  9. Stargazing – Equipment, Grab and Go Telescopes and DIY Observatories. Newtown Astronomy Society. Pete Adams returns for another of his popular talks about equipment and some of the “get arounds!” that sometimes you might need to do, to get by. On top of this, a “Telescope Surgery”. If you are having difficulty using your own equipment, bring it along and get some help and advise with how to get the best from it. Contact me before bringing it though. Along with the usual “What’s on?” (Time permitting) Discussions, coffee and biscuits, this should be a great mix for an entertaining and useful night out, and with people who all have similar interests. March, 7.00pm at Treowen Community Hall.thSaturday 12 At the McDonalds junction, take the Kerry road, over the railway bridge and take the last right just before you leave Newtown for the countryside. Go up the hill into the Treowen housing estate. After the road levels off, there is a school on the right with a lay-by outside. The community hall is opposite the entrance to the school. SY16 1NL for your Sat Navs. For more information, join our Facebook page or contact Brandon at brandonlane@waitrose.com .
  10. "A 3D Tour of the Solar System and Cosmos " Newtown Astronomy Society, this month, brings you Dr Tony Cook, from Aberystwyth university, who will give you an introduction to stereo photography and other ways of obtaining 3D maps of the Moon, the planets, and the distribution of stars and galaxies in space. This will be followed by a 3D slide and video show covering various solar system observations and the hardware that is out there. He will finally end up showing you computer visualizations of well-known constellations in 3D, and a map of our entire known Universe. Sounds like fun and we will supply the 3D glasses. Along with the usual “What’s on?” Discussions, coffee and biscuits, this should be a great mix for an entertaining and useful night out, and with people who all have similar interests. Saturday 13th February, 7.00pm at Pen Dinas. Turn in for Theatre Hafren, take the 1st right, and it’s the 1st bungalow on the left or SY16 4HX for your Sat Nav. For more information, join our Facebook page or contact Brandon at brandonlane@waitrose.com .
  11. Astro-photography, "You pays your Money and takes your choice, Pt 3" Newtown Astronomy Society delivers equipment advise from Pete Addams. Astro-photography will make up the biggest chunk of Pete’s conclusion to his essential guide. Taking you through the differences in equipment, you may or may-not need, when observing or photographing the night sky. There will also be plenty of slides to show the results of such equipment and how to stitch all those shots together to form a final photograph to be proud of. With the January sales well underway, come and talk to Pete and other seasoned observers before spending your hard earned cash on “kit” you might not need. Along with the usual “What’s on?” Discussions, coffee and biscuits, this should be a great mix for an entertaining and useful night out, and with people who all have similar interests. Saturday 9th January, 7.00pm at Pen Dinas. Turn in for Theatre Hafren, take the 1st right, and it’s the 1st bungalow on the left or SY16 4HX for your Sat Nav. For more information, join our Facebook page or contact Brandon at brandonlane@waitrose.com .
  12. "You pays your Money and takes your choice, Pt 2" Newtown Astronomy Society delivers equipment advise from Pete Addams. Pete will return to continue his essential guide, taking you through the differences in equipment, you may or may-not need, when observing or photographing the night sky. There will also be plenty of slides to show the results of such equipment. Now the longer nights are with us and Christmas is approaching, this is an ideal time to take some of this knowledge on board, before spending your hard earned cash on “kit” you might not need. Along with the usual “What’s on?” Discussions, coffee and biscuits, this should be a great mix for an entertaining and useful night out, and with people who all have similar interests. Saturday 14th November, 7.00pm at Pen Dinas. Turn in for Theatre Hafren, take the 1st right, and it’s the 1st bungalow on the left or SY16 4HX for your Sat Nav. For more information, join our Facebook page or contact Brandon at brandonlane@waitrose.com .
  13. "You pays your Money and takes your choice, Pt 2" Newtown Astronomy Society delivers equipment advise from Pete Addams. Pete will return to continue his essential guide, taking you through the differences in equipment, you may or may-not need, when observing or photographing the night sky. There will also be plenty of slides to show the results of such equipment. Now the longer nights are with us and Christmas is approaching, this is an ideal time to take some of this knowledge on board, before spending your hard earned cash on “kit” you might not need. Along with the usual “What’s on?” Discussions, coffee and biscuits, this should be a great mix for an entertaining and useful night out, and with people who all have similar interests. Saturday 14th November, 7.00pm at Pen Dinas. Turn in for Theatre Hafren, take the 1st right, and it’s the 1st bungalow on the left or SY16 4HX for your Sat Nav. For more information, join our Facebook page or contact Brandon at brandonlane@waitrose.com .
  14. "Black Holes: their mysteries explained!" This month, Newtown Astronomy Society, welcomes back “Associate Lecturer for the Open University”, Sue Walker BA, MSc Sue says, "In this talk I will explain what black holes are, how they are formed, their mysterious properties, and how we know that they really exist! I will aim to cover both the basics, for those who are new to the subject, and also in places delve a little deeper for those who want the challenge! So something to please all, I hope!" Along with the usual “What’s on?” Discussions, coffee and biscuits, this should be a great mix for an entertaining and enlightening night out, and with people who all have similar interests. Saturday 10th October, 7.00pm at Pen Dinas. Turn in for Theater Hafren, take the 1st right, and it’s the 1st bungalow on the left or SY16 4HX for your Sat Nav. For more information, join our Facebook page or contact Brandon at brandonlane@waitrose.com .
  15. "Black Holes: their mysteries explained!" This month, Newtown Astronomy Society, welcomes back “Associate Lecturer for the Open University”, Sue Walker BA, MSc Sue says, "In this talk I will explain what black holes are, how they are formed, their mysterious properties, and how we know that they really exist! I will aim to cover both the basics, for those who are new to the subject, and also in places delve a little deeper for those who want the challenge! So something to please all, I hope!" Along with the usual “What’s on?” Discussions, coffee and biscuits, this should be a great mix for an entertaining and enlightening night out, and with people who all have similar interests. Saturday 10th October, 7.00pm at Pen Dinas. Turn in for Theater Hafren, take the 1st right, and it’s the 1st bungalow on the left or SY16 4HX for your Sat Nav. For more information, join our Facebook page or contact Brandon at brandonlane@waitrose.com .
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