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The Society would be delighted to hear from anyone with more information about this county’s links with astronomy. Can you add anything to the names of the people and places listed below? Please contact me if you have anything however small. Email: Survey Officer.


Evans, John Silas, Canon (1864-1953), amateur astronomer and author, studied in Lampeter, later in life retired to Aberystwyth.

Evans; Thomas Luther, Captain (1852-1929), amateur astronomer, born Aberaeron.

Griffith, John, Rev. (1860-?), amateur astronomer and early investigator into megalithic astronomy, born Ponterwyd.

Jenkins, Griffith Parry (1860-1940), amateur observer, popular lecturer, originated from Llancynfelin: later emigrated to Canada.

Jones, Evan Lewis  (1876-?), popular lecturer, born Aberaeron.

Jones, Rhishard Llewelyn (1865-1932), Deputy Director of Kodaikanal and Madras Observatories, India, born in Uchaf-Talybont.

Owen, Gwilym , Prof. (1880-1940), professor of physics at Aberystwyth.

Owen, John R. (?-c.1977), of Llanrhystud, amateur astronomer, observer, popular lecturer, took possession of Pontllyfni meteorite.


Upper atmosphere radar operated by University of Wales College, Aberystwyth.

Societies and Organisations

Mid Wales Astronomy (MWA), founded 2013.  member hold events at the Elan Valley Visitor Cenre,Elan Village, Rhayader (LD6 5HP) & Newtown Astronomy Society in Newtown.

Marches Astronomy Group (MAG) founded (?) Members have meet at the The Spaceguard Centre, Llanshay Lane, Knighton, Powys (LD7 1LW), but appear defunct (2018)

The Spaceguard Centre (TSC), founded 2001. Privately funded, the observatory is the National Near Earth Objects Information Centre (NNEOIC), dedicated to addressing the hazard of these Objects.  Located at Llanshay Lane, Knighton, Powys (LD7 1LW), the centre undertakes research into the risk of Earth collisions.

Authors, lecturers and broadcasters

John Silas Evans, Canon (1864-1953), amateur astronomer, popular lecturer and author, retired to Aberystwyth.

Gwilym Owen, Prof. (1880-1940), professor of physics at Aberystwyth, author of popular books on astronomy and physics.

Academics and associated professionals

Research group at University of Wales College, Aberystwyth, into upper atmosphere physics and interplanetary medium, 1960s-present.

Rhishard Llewelyn Jones (1865-1932).

Prof. Gwilym Owen (1880-1940), professor of physics at Aberystwyth.


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