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
29 September 2017 29th September 2017 October 2017 Cassiopeia
25 August 2017 25th August 2017 September 2017 Cygnus
28 July 2017 28th July 2017 August 2017 Lyra
30 June 2017 30th June 2017 July 2017 Hercules
26 May 2017 26th May 2017 June 2017
27 April 2017 27th April 2017 May 2017


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.