Welcome to MARS

Monmouth Astronomical Research Society (founded 1997)


Society hosted by Monmouth Boys School (founded 1614)


6th April 2023: MARS is closing down as a separate organisation when the current season ends in June 2023. Unfortunately, the attendance at meetings became critically low and we cannot justify booking speakers for such small audiences.

All is not lost. We hope to restart as an 'interest group' within Monmouth's University of the Third Age (U3A). This should restore audience figures. Membership will be through U3A at £10 per year + approximately £12 for the interest group. Meetings will be in afternoon slots, probably 14:00 fo a 14:30 start one Tuesday of each month. More details will follow.

This website will continue, with modifications, for the foreseeable future.

Until the changes mentioned (left); MARS is an informal astronomical society that meets the second Tuesday of each calendar month (except July and August). We gather at the Science Department, Monmouth School in the small town of Monmouth, Wales, UK. Membership is open to anyone, regardless of age, knowledge or experience. Meetings start at 19.30 and usually finish at 21.30. There is no annual membership fee; members simply pay £1 per meeting they attend and students/under 18s attend free.

Hoping that the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic is nearly over, we restarted live meetings from May 2022. It is sometimes possible to watch us on Zoom as we can  have a webcam operating. Those on the email list may receive the Zoom code each month.

Links to our Facebook and Flickr  pages are on the links page (or click on the icons, below left).  Note that the Facebook group is private and you will need request admission .


In Memoriam: 

Jim Cross

Sad news. One of our members, Jim Cross, passed away suddenly on the 4th November 2022. Jim was a lively member witha delightful personality and inquisitive nature. We are going to miss him greatly. The picture shows Jim, with his wife Jan (sadly also departed) at the MARS star party in August 2021.