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Astronomy society to meet this Saturday

Created on 06/11/2017 @ 16:25
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A book about the mythological history of the Welsh skies and land will be part of the next meeting of Newtown Astronomy Society.

The group will meet on Saturday at 7pm at the Scout Hut in Park Lane, Newtown.

This month Martin Griffith FRAS is publicising his new book Dark Lands, Dark Skies published by Seren Books.

"With it being Wales’ Year of Legends come and discover the rich mythological history of our land and our skies. Martin Griffiths’ new astronomy book, Dark Land, Dark Skies is a fascinating Celtic interpretation of the stars and an engaging astronomical guide complete with star charts and other helpful materials for star gazing," said Les Fry of the society.

"With signed copies available for purchase on the night, Martin will intrigue us with stories from his book, introducing us to legendary Welsh heroes, including figures from The Mabinogion and exploring the mythology of the night sky from a Welsh perspective."

He added: "For millennia, humans have looked to the night sky and wondered.
The night sky represents a heritage that all cultures weaved together to immortalise their gods and heroes and provide an oral tradition that ensured the survival of their forms of sky-lore and ideologies.

"Ancient peoples around the world have placed their own myths and legends in the heavens, though these have tended to become lost behind the dominant use of classical cultural stories to name stars. In many cases it is a result of a literary culture displacing an oral culture.

"Martin has researched past use of Welsh heroes from the Mabinogion in the naming of constellations and his new book is an interesting and provocative combination "of a new perspective on Welsh mythology and an astronomy guidebook.

The society welcomes new members with annual membership fees at £20 per annum (10 meetings per year) and with visitor fees at £3.50 per meeting.

Tea or Coffee with biscuits are available at a cost of 50p per cup from the start of the meeting.

Raffle prizes are up for grabs during the main break.

The talk will be followed by Tony Cook of Aberystwyth University who will bring the meeting to a close with his monthly “sky update” feature which includes astro TV listings and events to look out for.

"We will also like to feature Member's Observations. So if you have taken any astro images recently please bring them along on a dongle so we can show them to the group for you," said Les.

Subjects for later in the season include The Apollo Legacy, Exoplanets, New book launch and Ancient Egyptians and their Astronomy II.

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