Advance ticket sales for the 2009 FAS Convention are now closed, any order forms for tickets currently in the post will be able to be collected on the day. Of course on the door tickets are still available (at £8 each) and are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, for more information see the convention page .
FAS Member Societies can now display their FAS Membership on your website and literature using this new FAS Member logo.
Three formats are available to suit your colour scheme:
Click on the image and use the right mouse menu Save Image option to download the full size versions.
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The Council of the FAS was very saddened to hear of the passing of Neil Bone, who was a leading light in the world of amateur astronomy societies.
Through his column in Astronomy Now, and his frequent talks to societies up and down the country (distance was no obstacle to Neil) he was a great supporter of the work done at grass-roots astronomy.
Neil was presented with the FAS’s Eric Zuker award in 2005.
You can leave messages of condolences via the BAA Website, at this page .
This note summarises the outcome of the above EGM and how resulting changes will be implemented. The EGM was held to consider and vote on the proposal to change the FAS subscription year to run from 1st April instead of from 1st September. The reasons for making the proposed change were briefed to member societies in advance of the EGM, including the means for societies to submit a postal vote.
- The next FAS subscriptions renewal date deadline will be 31st March 2010, and not the end of August 2009. This 6 month extension to the current membership period will be provided free of charge to existing FAS member societies.
- In future the FAS subscriptions renewal request paperwork will be issued to societies in mid January with the deadline for renewal payment of 31st March.
- Recognising that this is a transition period the FAS will still write to member societies in August 2009 to remind them of the above changes and seek reconfirmation of certain society details.
The Federation is holding an Extraordinary General Meeting on the 7th March 2009, at 13:30, in the Lecture Theatre of the Royal Astronomical Society, Burlington House, Picadilly.
The meeting is called to consider a change to the subscription year.
Societies may also vote by proxy.
Full details are available on this download(pdf) .
Societies might like to invite their members to sign this online petition to request a reduction in the spending by local councils on lighting, and so reduce light pollution in the UK.
Phil Flint writes:
Can you please help make our skies darker by signing the petition below. It takes less than a minute. If you could also pass the message on to the members of your society then that would be fantastic.
My thinking is that government doesn’t listen when people ask for dark skies as its not seen as a sexy vote winner but this government is concerned about their green credentials and also reducing taxes if only to spend the money on something else. So, if the government mandates that councils reduce spending on lighting the ways in which to do it are very few:
1) switch lights off after a certain time
2) only have some of the lights switched on
3) don’t power them so high
4) put in new lights that are more efficient and, hence, don’t shine upwards
I’m basically saying to them, you can save money, you can reduce your greenhouse emissions, you look good to your friends in Brussels and we all benefit from lower taxes and a better view of the night sky. As there’s something in it for them then, you never know, they may then do something. The reason for giving until Jan 2012 is two-fold:
a) these things take time to implement
b) there’s an additional benefit with the Olympics by showing what a green country we are
I think there must be at least an outside chance that someone may read the petition and, at the end of the day “you never know”.
As you can see, there is something in this proposal for everyone, not just astronomers so, please, please, please sign the petition, ask your friends to sign and ask them to ask their friends to sign. If enough people do then this issue may move up the list on the agenda and we may get some air time and something may be done.
Many thanks and that link once again is http://petitions.number10.gov.
The Federation of Astronomical Societies will be having a stand at this years Astrofest, which is being held at Kensington Town Hall, London, on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 February 2009.
If you would like any of your Society information (leaflets, fliers, posters – A4 max) to be available for browsing on the stand, please post these to
29 Paternoster Close
To arrive by Wednesday 4th February at the latest.
Or, if you are attending Astrofest please just drop these of at the stand, which will be in the Lower Floor, in the area marked “Additional Exhibits” at:
The FAS would like to welcome the South Cheshire Astronomical Society to the Federation.
See their website at http://www.scastro.org/ for more information.