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John Axtell on Brooklands Radio

(Click on either BR image to go to the Brooklands Radio website)

Listen to the Podcast here.


John Axtell FRAS, a long standing member of GAS, has been involved with Brooklands Radio, a local DAB and internet station since early in 2017. The show, “Stars Over Surrey” came about after he initially contacted them for some publicity for one of GAS’ outreach events at Newlands Corner, from there as they say ” he has never looked back”.
John now has a regular 40 min monthly programme which is broadcast on the first Friday of the month at 7:20 pm. It is repeated on the following Monday at 11:00 pm and then added to the podcast list on their website (as linked above). John’s last show with Brooklands Radio will be at the beginning of July 2022. Congratulations on a great series.
The programme covers spaceflight & astronomical news that has caught John’s eye during the last month. He then goes onto his constellation of the month, finishing off with what’s to be seen in the night sky for the coming month, along with local news from other Astronomical Societies. It will also include updates on star parties, where you may well find him amongst the telescopes.
The programme is supported by a set of slides and a constellation of the month video and these too can be found on the Brooklands website.
It’s a splendid way to spend 40 mins so do tune in.
Martin Baker


Mole Valley Geological Society Meeting 14th November

What Stalagmites tell us about Climate Change in the Last Ice Age

The next talk at the MVGS is presented by Prof David Mattey of the Royal Holloway University.

Their flyer

MVGS website

SAGAS Summer Meeting

The Southern Area Group of Astronomical Societies (SAGAS) held their Summer Meeting on the 22nd June 2019.

The SAGAS Report is on their website here .

Stars over Surrey with John Axtell. January 2019

Tonight’s (Friday 25th January) Stars Over Surrey (at 7.20 pm) was recorded yesterday. We start with the Total Lunar Eclipse, the meteor strike that occurred during totality, finding fresh lunar craters. Then we move on to the Chinese farside mission, New Horizons at Ultima Thule and then discuss White Dwarf stars crystallising out. We managed also to squeeze in about half of the topics in my What’s Up for February, the rest being of course in the podcast. Other podcast topics are news from Blue Origins, Space X, the UK’s Black Arrow rocket and Cassini’s mapping of Titan using infra-red. Depending upon where you live this can be heard on DAB radio as well as the internet. The podcast lasts about 20 minutes longer than the broadcast version and usually becomes available over the weekend.

Repeated Monday at 11:00pm UK

For the live episode click here and click on listen live at the top of the page.

The podcast is published here.


A talk from the MVGS in Dorking.

The Anthropocene – A new Geological epoch driven by Human Impacts.
Presented by Dr Colin Summerhayes, University of Cambridge.

Meetings are held in the
Dorking United Reformed Church Follett Hall
off Church Street & West Street,
RH4 1BS.

Coffee & biscuits served from 7.30pm.
Lectures start at 8.00 and finish at about 9.30. Visitors are most welcome.
Non-members as Guests £4.00 Children under 18 & students £1.00.
These fees include complimentary tea or coffee and biscuits, sometimes even chocolate ones.

IIAPY 2018: winners announced – in Sky at Night Magazine

Sky at Night Magazine has an article showing the winners here

For the full selection, including shortlisted entries, go to Royal Museums Greenwich


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