What's On - 2022 New Temporary Location

Monday January 10th
Windmill Community Centre - Rye Grass Lane, Redditch B97 5YE.

Guest (virtual) speaker - Dr Helen Mason OBE : 'Reaching for the Sun'.

Dr Helen Mason is an Emeritus Reader in Solar Physics at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics. She has been based at Cambridge University for over 40 years.

Helen's field of research is solar physics, in particular the ultraviolet and X-ray spectrum of the Sun. She has worked on many joint UK, NASA, ESA and Japanese space projects including SoHO (Solar and Heliospheric Observatory), Hinode and SDO (Solar Dynamics Observatory).

This talk shall explore Helen's passion for Solar physics and she will share slides and news of NASA's Parker Solar Probe and ESA's Solar Orbiter.

This will be a live Zoom talk. In lieu of a fee, Redditch Astro will make a donation to Teenage Cancer Trust and any additional donations from attendees would be greatly appreciated.

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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”.

More Poetry...

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Andrew Lound

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Elizabeth Stanway

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