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April 2024 Schedule

 

All workshops, talks & quizzes are included in your admission, but please note that this programme is provisional so events and times may change. Please check back before attending

En route to Cwmdu, you can listen to the Awesome Astronomy podcast! Just look for ‘Awesome Astronomy’ on iTunes or go to awesomeastronomy.com

Saturday 6th April

13:00  Arrive at campsite, pitch up & set up 
15:00 Meet & Greet; 
 

Come to the gazebo on The Common to meet new friends, share stories & a drink or two.

21:00 Cwmdu Marathon Part 1 - Paul Hill
 

Equipment: None (own telescope/binoculars optional)
Location: The Common, Bob the Dob

You may have heard of the Messier Marathon, a challenge to hunt down all 110 of Charles Messier’s objects in a single observing session. Well, brace yourselves … for the Cwmdu Marathon! This is our traditional Live Sky Tour with a difference, as we have crafted our own tour of the night sky to highlight the best views from camp! Join expert science communicator and highly skilled practical astronomer Paul Hill on the Common, where he’ll give you an overview of our latest observing challenge, and kickstart your race! How many will you tick off? The Cwmdu Marathon object list is included in this pack.

Sunday 7th April

11:00 The Joy of Sketching – Paul Hill
 

Time: 1 hr
Equipment: Chair
Location: The Common, HQ gazebo

In today’s digital age it’s easy to overlook astronomical sketching, but astronomy and art have been linked together for centuries. From Galileo drawing the moons of Jupiter in the 17th century through to Sir Patrick Moore’s hand drawn maps of the Moon used during the Apollo missions, there’s a rich history to celebrate. In this talk Paul will give tips and advice on how to get started … there might even be some happy little accidents.

13:00 Understanding Lightcurves with the Rotato Experiment - Cai Stoddard-Jones, Cardiff University & Comet Chasers
 

Time: 1 hr
Equipment: Chair
Location: The Common, HQ gazebo

Cai Stoddard-Jones is an Astrophysics PhD student at Cardiff University and a member of the Comet Chasers Project. In this talk Cai will be telling us about the Comet Chasers Project, which aims to inspire students in their learning by linking schools with professional and amateur astronomers as well as providing access to research grade telescopes around the world. Cai will also be showing us the Rotato experiment, a demonstration on how lightcurves are used to measure and understand distant rotating objects like comets and asteroids through the analogue of a humble spud!

14:00 Awesome Astronomy Crew - Quiz
 

Time: 1 hour
Equipment: Paper, pen, chair
Location: The Common, HQ gazebo

Back by popular demand is the legendary Astrocamp Quiz! By your request, this year we’ll be branching beyond astronomy … but to what? Guess you’ll have to play along to find out…

21:00 Cwmdu Marathon Part 1 - Paul Hill (backup night)
  Equipment: None (own telescope/binoculars optional)
Location: The Common, Bob the Dob

You may have heard of the Messier Marathon, a challenge to hunt down all 110 of Charles Messier’s objects in a single observing session. Well, brace yourselves … for the Cwmdu Marathon! This is our traditional Live Sky Tour with a difference, as we have crafted our own tour of the night sky to highlight the best views from camp! Join expert science communicator and highly skilled practical astronomer Paul Hill on the Common, where he’ll give you an overview of our latest observing challenge, and kickstart your race! How many will you tick off? The Cwmdu Marathon object list is included in this pack.

Monday 8th April

13:00 Afternoon Tea on the Common. Limerick Competition Winners Announced
 

Back by popular demand is Afternoon Tea on the Common (we are a terribly civilized bunch, don’t you know). Bring your left-over snacks, grab a brew, and share your favourite moments from Camp. We’ll also regale you with the best limericks, and give out prizes. Afternoon tea will continue throughout the day’s talks. Home-baking encouraged!

16:30  Great North American Eclipse Live Stream
 

Equipment: Chair
Location: The Common, HQ gazebo

Just because we're in Wales, it doesn't mean we should miss out on the total solar eclipse that will be taking place on the other side of the Atlantic. We'll be displaying a live-stream of the event from the HQ tent for the duration!

Tuesday 9th April

 12:00 Leave campsite. 

The Common (in the middle of the campsite) is the area we’ve created for socialising and observing together.
There’s always lots gathered here to share eyepiece views and learn new astronomy tricks from others.
Join us in the AstroCamp family at the Common!