John Axtell

Stars Over Surrey


Last Friday of the month at 7:30 pm

Repeated the folowing Monday night at 11.0 pm and available after transmission as a podcast.
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John Axtell from the Guildford Astronomical Society with a monthly review of astronomical matters including a review of the past month's discoveries, events and space missions, Constellation of the Month, forthcoming talks and events and what's up in the night sky to see during the coming month.

DatePodcastPresentation SlidesConstellation of Month
27th April 2017 Podcast 27th April 2017 What's Up for May 2017
26th May 2017 Podcast 26th May 2017 What's Up For June 2017
30th June 2017 Podcast 30th June 2017 What's Up For July 2017 Hercules


The Rosette Nebula (NGC2237) lies 5000 light years away in the constellation of Monoceros.
It's a star forming region, the cluster of stars in the centre having been formed from the gas clouds of the nebula. This stunning image was captured by Martin Baker, a member of Guildford Astronomical Society. He used a small (72 mm) refractor telescope, a motorised tracking mount and a specialised astro-imaging camera.

About 30 separate exposures (some of 15 minutes in length) were taken using three different filters in January 2017. These images were combined using software then processed to give this splendid result.