Welcome To The Heads of the Valleys Astronomical Society (HOVAS)
The Heads of the Valleys Astronomical Society (HOVAS), is a friendly society with a welcoming atmosphere operating in the Blaenau Gwent Area for anyone who is interested in studying the Moon, Plantes, Stars or any aspect of space or astronomy.
We meet Monthly and have a good selection of visiting and resident speakers, with additional observational workshops as required
The society is well equiped with an excellent Library of books, videos and various telescopes and imaging equipment for the use of by members.
We hope this website will encourage prospective new members, who are always welcome to come along and try us out.
It is with great sadness I bring the news that our own Mike Thomas has passed away.
Mike suffered a sudden illness during the week commencing the 4th December, however, he succumbed to the effects of the illness this past weekend, Sunday 10th December.
I am told he passed away peacefully.
He was a much respected and much loved member of our society and his passion, that people should appreciate the night sky and especially the moon, has been a driving force that has kept the Usk and Heads of the Valleys Astronomical societies running to this day.
He was an expert selenographer with an infectious passion for astronomy and especially astronomy education of people of all ages.
He always took the time to point out to anyone who asked about the night sky and the wonders of the universe and sometimes to those who didn’t ask, but by the end of a conversation with Mike you could not walk away without a smile and maybe a bit more of an appreciation of the stars and the universe above.
We wish to express our sincere sympathies and condolences to the family.
Usk Astronomical Society
Abergavenny Astronomical Society
The Heads of the Valleys Astronomical Society wishes to congratulate The Brecon Beacons National Park in its success of its bid for International Dark Sky Reserve status