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Out of this world honour for local physics lecturer

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Screen Shot 2016-08-17 at 10.04.24WHAT do Aberystwyth University Physics Lecturer Dr Tony Cook, Scott of the Antarctic, J.R.R Tolkien, John Lennon, James Bond, Sir Christopher Wren, and David Bowie all have in common?

The answer is they have all had asteroids named after them.

Asteroids are irregularly-shaped rocky or metallic objects which orbit the sun, and usually lie in the asteroid belt, between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. They date from when the rocky planets first started to form.

A few weeks ago, the asteroid formerly known as ‘2003 JO13’ was renamed ‘Tonycook’ in recognition of Dr Tony Cook’s amateur astronomy outreach and planetary topographic mapping work.

Asteroids vary widely in terms of their size, from just a few metres up to a few hundred kilometres. The precise size and shape of the Tonycook asteroid is not known, but it is estimated to be anywhere from 2.8 to 6.3 km in diameter. This equates to somewhere between the size of the towns of Aberystwyth or Shrewsbury.

An amateur astronomer specializing in the Moon, Tony explains: “I was so surprised and honoured to learn that they had named an asteroid after me.

“I didn’t discover the asteroid – it was found by a team of astronomers at the Catalina Sky Survey of the University of Arizona, back in 2003. However, there are so many asteroids being discovered all the time, it can sometimes take a while to name them.

“I’m chuffed to have this small lump of rock named after me, and hope that it inspires others interested in space to take up amateur astronomy or study at university.”

There are somewhere between 1 and 3 million asteroids in the Solar System that are larger than 1 km in diameter. Fortunately, very few of them come anywhere near to the Earth. The Tonycook asteroid will never come closer than 190 million km from us – so we are quite safe.

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Accredited Archive status given to Ceredigion Archives

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RECENTLY Ceredigion Archives celebrated that the Archives has been awarded the Accredited Archive status. The Chairman of Ceredigion County Council, Councillor Lynford Thomas unveiled the ‘Accredited Archive Service’ plaque.

Archive Service Accreditation is the UK standard for archive services. Standards schemes and frameworks help archives to manage and improve their efficiency and effectiveness through external validation, and by identifying good practice.

Attendees were welcomed to the unveiling by Helen Palmer, County Archivist a Information and Records Manager. She thanked all that were involved in the development of the Ceredigion Archives, saying: “Thanks to the Archives and Records Management Team who have worked so hard for so long to make this service what it is today. I also give an extended thanks to the Council staff within other departments, including ICT and Technical Services, who have helped us realise our ambitions and helped towards our accreditation.”

Helen continued: “Thanks go to our donors, for their huge generosity in sharing precious documents with us, without whom our collections would lack content and variety. Thanks to our researchers who prove over and over again that what we do is meaningful, relevant and important.”

Ceredigion Archives is available for everyone to use; for personal research, for school projects, university degree work, academic research, and research for business purposes. Staff at the Archives can suggest appropriate lines of research, and provide advice and assistance in the use of the documents.

Councillor Dafydd Edwards, Cabinet member with responsibility for Finance, ICT and Customer Services said: “The Archives and Records Management Team have worked hard and their dedication has been reflected in this success and on behalf of the Council, I congratulate Helen and her team for the prestigious Accredited status given to Ceredigion Archives. The Archives has a fantastic collection of documents, preserved carefully, which are available for anyone wanting to come along to view.”

You can visit Ceredigion Archives’ website at https://archifdy-ceredigion.org.uk/ or follow ‘Archifdy Ceredigion Archives’ on Facebook.

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Police appeal following Aberystwyth RTC

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POLICE are investigating a road traffic collision which occurred at approximately 6.20pm on Wednesday, December 20, 2017.

A silver MG ZT, which had been reported as stolen, collided with another vehicle in Rhydybont, Aberystwyth.

The occupants of the MG walked away in the direction of Min Y Ddol.

Police would like to speak to the man in the image as he may have information that could assist the police investigation.

Anyone with information that can help officers with their investigation is asked to report it by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.”

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Family pay tribute to Aberporth man

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THE FAMILY of Phillip Rasmussen, from Aberporth, who tragically died in Spain on April 1, have paid tribute to the 47-year-old.

They said: “We are devastated by the loss of Phillip, and he will be dearly missed by us all.

“Phillip was a loving husband to Elissa and father to Rhys, Beci and Dylan.

“He lived life to the full and will be remembered for his energy and passion towards all aspects of life. He was a keen sailor, cyclist and loved to travel.

“He began his professional career as a chartered accountant and spent the last ten years working as Chief Financial Officer for IQE plc, a role which he truly loved and made his own.

“We would like to thank everyone for their support at this difficult time. It has meant so much to the whole family.

“We would now like time to grieve and would ask to be given privacy in which to do so.”

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