Barry astronomical society -extends a welcome to  all- fun, friendly, and inclusive. 

We are back in the community centre for many of our meetings–masks / hand sanitisers availableThe room isl ventilated -and there is plenty of space so do join us if you feel able.

Mondays fortnightly /community centre // Zoom  

Jan 24th    “ The lifecycle of a planet”            Prof Paul Roache.    community centre.

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Wednesdays  get together /quiz /chat about anything [no prizes here , just for fun. ] hosted by BAS Treasurer  Bob Pulverness,   Contact Bob if you wish for a link   [ via zoom]


Click on the link for everthing you want to know about the James Webb telescope


Asteroid larger than Empire State Building to blast ‘near Earth’ at 50,000mph.

An asteroid three times the size of the Empire State building will pass by the Earth in six days.

asteroid-g93e6ef222_1280.jpgThe enormous space rock, which is one kilometre wide, will fly by our planet on 18 January at a speed of over 47,000 miles per hour.

According to Nasa, any asteroid 140 metres across or larger could be devastating if it crashed into the Earth – unleashing more energy than a thousand atomic bombs.

This will be the closest the asteroid is expected to come to Earth for the next two centuries but will not be near enough to be cause for alarm.

Despite being classified as a Near Earth Object – which accounts for any asteroid or comet that comes closer than 1.3au astronomical units – the asteroid will be 1.2 million miles away from our planet. This is five times the distance between the Earth and the Moon.

Nasa is currently monitoring around 25,000 NEOs, adding approximately 30 new ones each week


dunsterSomething to look forward to — an all inclusive break in the  beautiful Exmoor village of Dunster — hosted by Bob Mizon of member of the BAA and co-ordinator for  CFDS   [commission for dark skies]  Booking early advised.

A short video by Bob Mizon

The winter months are the perfect time to have a go at seeing our neighbouring galaxy, Andromeda From Northern Hemisphere latitudes,  this galaxy will climb almost straight overhead, try the comfort of a reclining garden  chair for viewing this deep-sky treasure. The galaxy appears in our sky as a large hazy patch – Use the square of Pegasus to hop along to the star MU then look above it . It helps to avert your eyes a little to the side.

great rift

The amazing dark skies of the National Parks provide wonderful night sky viewing and  opportunities to see or photograph stars, planets and the moon all year. 

Visiting  dark sites in South Wales ?    Find  lots of information on the Brecon Beacons national park  including dark sites in and around the area with tips on parking etc Brecon-Beacons.

Live Space Station Tracking Map
The tracker shows where the Space Station is right now and its path 90 minutes ago (-1.5 hr) and 90 minutes ahead (+1.5 hr). The dark overlay indicates where it is night time in the world.
ESA ISS tracking map

The International Space Station with ESA’s Columbus laboratory flies 400 km high at speeds that defy gravity – literally. At 28 800 km/h it only takes 92 minutes for the weightless laboratory to make a complete circuit of Earth. Astronauts working and living on the Station experience 16 sunrises and sunsets each day.                                                                             The tracker developed by ESA, shows where the Space Station is right now and its path 90 minutes ago and 90 minutes ahead. Due to the Station’s orbit it appears to travel from west to east over our planet, and due to Earth’s own rotation the Space Station’s moves 2200 km to the west on each orbit. You can see the International Space Station, by looking up at the right time.

Barry astronomical society  is  a member of Federation of astronomical associations . [FAS]











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