12th International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA) in Beijing

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Following on from the talk that Charles Barclay FRAS (far-right in picture) gave at the FAS 2018 AGM & Convention in York we can report that the UK team has returned from the 10 day long 12th International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA) in Beijing having won 2 Silver medals and 2 Honourable Mentions. The competition was particularly tough (one 5 hour theory paper, one 5 hour Data-Analysis and a one hour Observational paper) and we are delighted with the result from this young team of five 17 year olds (two from state school and 3 independent school) led by Charles and Dr Alex Calverley FRAS.

For more information on the IOAA please contact Charles at ceb@astro.ox.ac.uk.

Mexborough & Swinton AS 40th Anniversary

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MSAS 40th Anniversary


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Mexborough & Swinton Astronomical Society are celebrating the 40th year of our formation. on Saturday 27th October 2018. As part of our year long series of events we have designed a programme of talks at a special day “AstroCon” that we are hosting. There will be a number of trade stands available selling goods.

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Community Observatory St Martin’s, Isles of Scilly

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Community Observatory St Martin’s, Isles of Scilly

We are a small group of amateur astronomers who have just got funding and are in the process of building a community observatory on St Martin’s.
This will enable our community and our visitors to fully appreciate the wonders of our amazing unpolluted dark skies.

To help raise funds we are holding a Gala Dinner on the 6th October 2018 at the Karma Hotel on St Martin’s.

The guest speaker is acclaimed astrophotographer Damian Peach.

For more details & to purchase tickets click here


Loughton Astronomical Society Celebrates 50th Anniversary

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We invite you and your Society members to join the Loughton Astronomical Society on the 10th November 2018 to celebrate our 50th Anniversary.

Originally formed from an evening class to teach mirror making, the LAS continues to thrive with an active weekly programme and also organises the Autumn Equinox Skycamp at Kelling Heath.

Our 50th celebrations will start with displays, demonstrations and an indoor planetarium in the morning, followed by lectures from top astronomers in the afternoon.


Please see the attached advertisement or visit www.las-astro.org.uk for details and the opportunity to purchase tickets.