Autumn and spring are the time of year when you typically find star parties – groups of astronomers meeting to do some stargazing, share hints and tips, and generally socialise. One of the friendliest I’ve been to is “AstroCamp”, which meets twice a year at a campsite on the outskirts of Cwmdu, between Brecon and Abergavenny. I visited AstroCamp in September 2014, and chatted to a few of the astronomers there.
From beginners to experienced observers, and from near and far, everyone was having a great time looking at the clear skies. One of the people featured in the recording is Jenifer Millard, a 3rd year undergraduate here in the School of Physics and Astronomy, who over the last few years has advanced from novice astronomer to experienced stargazer – largely thanks to AstroCamp. You can read Jeni’s account of this year’s AstroCamp experience.
You can hear a cut-down version of this interview as part of the latest episode of Pythagoras’ Trousers.