What's On - 2022 New Location

Monday May 9th
Windmill Community Centre - Rye Grass Lane, Redditch B97 5YE.

Guest (virtual) speaker - Jonathan McDowell

Group Leader, Chandra X-ray Center Science Data Systems (SDS)
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Space Junk
It's been 65 years since the launch of the first artificial satellite,
Sputnik, and space is getting busier and busier. There are about 5000
working satellites up there, but there are also over 20,000 known pieces of
orbital debris whizzing around at up to 18,000 miles an hour. McDowell will
talk about the demographics of the satellite population: who is putting
satellites up there, what are they doing, what the space junk is and why
there's so much of it - and what can we do about it?

Time: May 7, 2022 07:30 PM London

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Meeting ID: 847 5279 1302
Passcode: sdt1gM

This will be a live Zoom talk (and in person). In lieu of a fee, Redditch Astro will make a donation to You can donate to my JustGiving page by clicking here: Teenage Cancer Trust and any additional donations from attendees would be greatly appreciated.

About Us

We are a group of Amateur Astronomers in the Redditch and Bromsgrove area aiming to provide a friendly community for like minded enthusiasts.

Contact Us

We typically meet on the first Monday of each month (except August) in the Cantebury Suite of St Augustines RC school.

Pease check for meeting details before attending as Location is subject to change whilst COVID-19 is still a concern

Poetry Slam entry by June Smith


Man looked up at specks of light –
Planets dotted in the skies above

Their titles pay homage to deities –
Our morning star, Venus – the Goddess of love

Save for our own world – our land
Earth – named after the soil upon which we stand

Night’s darkness harbours secrets – provoking fear in ancient times.
Comets – eclipses, both viewed as portents - signs

Knowledge is power – has always been
Technology quashing myths and terrors
Apollo 11 conquered the Moon
NASA now looking to Mars – We pray for no errors

Some ask “What’s the point – such a cost
Why leave Earth and risk loss?”

Some answer “Because we can -
Because we are man”.

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Mike Frost

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Elizabeth Stanway

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