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John Axtell on Brooklands Radio

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Listen to the Podcast here.

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The programme came about as the result of a suggestion from the station’s Programme Controller – Graham Laycock. As a member of GAS’s Outreach Team I got involved in the organisation of our regular flagship outreach event at Newlands Corner, near Guildford. The last such event was on Saturday 1st April and before that I contacted local media seeking publicity for the stargazing event. This included Brooklands Radio, a local internet station, and I was invited in to the studio for a 10 minute on air chat about astronomy in general and Newlands Corner in particular. The chat seemingly went well, was placed as a podcast on their website – it was subsequently downloaded some 600 times! It’s till available at the time of writing at http://www.brooklandsradio.co.uk/podcasts/GuildfordAstronomical2017-03-29.mp3 As a result Graham suggested I do a regular monthly slot, the first of which has now gone out.

The 30 minute programme is called Stars Over Surrey and is broadcast on the last Friday of the month at 7.30 pm and then repeated the following Monday at 11.00 pm. After that it gets placed as a podcast on their website. The general format is that I work in the studio with Dave Jemitus, one of the station’s regular presenters. With David I cover what’s interested me in terms of astronomical and spaceflight news in the previous month, then my constellation of the month, finishing off with what’s to be seen in the night sky and of local interest for the coming month. The programme is aimed at the general listener, so I try to keep items to a basic level – but even then it’s easy to slip up; for example in April’s programme I said Messier worked in the 1850s rather than 1750s! Aaargh!

In the first programme I also reported on how well the Newlands Corner stargazing session had gone, and told listeners about the Equinox Star Party from which I’d just returned. Surrey’s five astro societies got a mention together with their May meetings – Guildford, Walton, Farnham, Ewell & Croydon. I’ve already contacted these societies to ask them to send me notifications of any events they’d like promoted. The programme can be heard at http://www.brooklandsradio.co.uk/starsoversurrey.html where there is also a splendid image of The Rosette taken by GAS member Martin Baker, and also a monthly set of slides I produce for my Woking U3A Astronomy Group that I use as a prompt for my radio what’s up session. Hope you like it!

John Axtell FRAS

 

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What’s Up – July\August 2017

The July\August 2017 edition of What’s Up is now available for download.

For those of you who use SkySafari, here is a .skylist file with this month’s suggested objects. (Select “Save As…” from the right-click menu on the link to download – the actual wording varies depending on the browser you are using)

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What’s Up – June 2017

The June 2017 edition of What’s Up [2.6 MB] is now available for download.

For those of you who use SkySafari, here is a .skylist file with this month’s suggested objects. (Select “Save As…” from the right-click menu on the link to download – the actual wording varies depending on the browser you are using)

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What’s Up – May 2017

The May 2017 edition of What’s Up [2.6 MB] is now available for download.

For those of you who use SkySafari, here is a .skylist file with this month’s suggested objects. (Select “Save As…” from the right-click menu on the link to download – the actual wording varies depending on the browser you are using)

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What’s Up – April 2017

The April 2017 edition of What’s Up [1.9 MB] is now available for download.

For those of you who use SkySafari, here is a .skylist file with this month’s suggested objects. (Select “Save As…” from the right-click menu on the link to download – the actual wording varies depending on the browser you are using)

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What’s Up – March 2017

The March 2017 edition of What’s Up [1.9 MB] is now available for download.

For those of you who use SkySafari, here is a .skylist file with this month’s suggested objects. (Select “Save As…” from the right-click menu on the link to download – the actual wording varies depending on the browser you are using)

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What’s Up – February 2017

The February 2017 edition of What’s Up [2.5 MB] is now available for download.

For those of you who use SkySafari, here is a .skylist file with this month’s suggested objects. (Select “Save As…” from the right-click menu on the link to download – the actual wording varies depending on the browser you are using)

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What’s Up – July 2016

The July/August edition of What’s Up [3.2 MB] is now available for download.

For those of you who use SkySafari, here is a .skylist file with this month’s suggested objects. (Select “Save As…” from the right-click menu on the link to download – the actual wording varies depending on the browser you are using)

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Count down to Jupiter orbit for Juno

4th July – Juno about to fire engine to slow into orbit around Jupiter, very exciting:

  https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/juno/main/index.html

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NPL Open House 2016

Following the success of the open events in 2012 and 2014, the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) will be opening its doors on Tuesday 17 May 2016 for you to see for yourself the amazing research we do.

2 – 8 pm, 17 May 2016

NPL is one of the UK’s leading science and research facilities. It is a centre of excellence in developing and applying the most accurate standards, science and technology available. Our facilities in Teddington are among the world’s most extensive and sophisticated for measurement science.

On 17 May 2016, NPL Open House will give people the chance to explore much of the science that goes on at NPL and the facilities that are used to do it. The week is significant: Friday 20 May is World Metrology Day. It marks the anniversary of the signing of the Metre Convention in 1875, which continues to provide the basis for a single, coherent system of measurements, traceable to the International System of Units (SI).

The occasion offers a chance to celebrate the impact of measurement on our daily lives, making it the perfect time to visit NPL, the UK’s National Measurement Institute, and discover what we do.

NPL Open House 2016 is a free event, although registration is essential

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What’s Up – May 2016

The May edition of What’s Up [3.2 MB] is now available for download.

For those of you who use SkySafari, here is a .skylist file with this month’s suggested objects. (Select “Save As…” from the right-click menu on the link to download – the actual wording varies depending on the browser you are using)

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