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The Flamsteed is an amateur astronomy society at the Royal Observatory and National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London SE10. It has around 350 members who represent the full range of interests and experience in astronomy. Many are beginners. It is named after the first Astronomer Royal, John Flamsteed.

The Society was founded in 1999, and is part of the membership organisation of Royal Museums Greenwich.

Our lecture meetings are held once a month between September/October and May/June, usually on a Monday evening, in the lecture theatre of the National Maritime Museum, or in the Peter Harrison Planetarium at the Royal Observatory Greenwich (ROG). The Society regularly holds observing evenings using members’ own telescopes.  In addition the Society stages viewing sessions with the ROG’s Great Equatorial Telescope, the largest of its kind in the UK, and seventh largest in the world.

We are an affiliated society of the British Astronomical Association and members of The Federation of Astronomical Societies.The Federation of Astronomical SocietiesBritish Astronomical Association

Blue Streak and Thor-Able

Report by Christina Chester Everything about the National Space Centre in Leicester is suggestive of the grandeur and excitement of space travel. A visit, arranged for Saturday 17th June by Mike Meynell, gave Flamsteed members the opportunity to see this attraction that’s dedicated to space exploration and space science. Upon entering the National Space Centre’s […]

Bobby Manoo gave an excellent talk about “amazing astronomical alignments”. Bobby was inspired during a visit to Egypt when he saw the pyramids and especially the temple at Abu Simbel. He began with a short introduction to the equinoxes and solstices, and a look at the ‘analemma’ pattern traced out by the position of the […]

On Monday April 10, 2017 we had the pleasure of a visit to the NMM Caird Library to look at some of the terrific books, maps, and charts related (vaguely!) to astronomy.   Our visit was hosted by Louise Devoy (Curator of the ROG), Megan Barford (Curator of Cartography), and Gareth Bellis (Manager of the Library). […]

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The talk to the History of Astronomy Group was a bit off-piste this time. As Eddie said in his introduction, it could be argued that the subject was neither history nor astronomy. But for a subject so central to modern astronomy any exception was well worthwhile. As well as capturing the public’s imagination as never […]

Endeavour Room

On Saturday March 25th we ran tours of the Altazimuth Pavilion (‘Altaz’) and Endeavour Room at the ROG so Flamsteed members could see these interesting spaces which are not open to the public. The tours were a try-out both to see if members were interested in this type of weekend event, and to see if […]

We will be running a solar observing session at the Royal Observatory Greenwich on Saturday 1st July from 11.30am to around 4pm. This session is open to all and is free of charge. There is no need to book, just turn up. We will be setting up at our usual location by the Altazimuth Building […]

We will be running a solar observing session at the Royal Observatory Greenwich on Friday 7th July from 11.30am to around 4pm. This session is open to all and is free of charge. There is no need to book, just turn up. We will be setting up at our usual location by the Altazimuth Building […]

Solar Viewing We will be running an evening solar observing session for Flamsteed Members Only at the Royal Observatory Greenwich on Tuesday 11th July from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. We will be setting up in the Meridian Courtyard. Members should book for this event in advance and meet by the General Wolfe statue in Greenwich Park at 6.30pm to […]

On Saturday 15th July, we will be running a trip to Herstmonceux Castle and the Observatory Science Centre. A tour of Herstmonceux Castle will take place from 10.30am, with tours of the telescope domes at the Observatory Science Centre from 2pm. Please aim to arrive on-site by 10.15am. If you want to attend, it is […]

July 17th, Monday 8.00pm Flamsteed Pub Evening at the British Oak, 109 Old Dover Road, Blackheath SE3 8SU.  All are welcome.

NASA will mark the worldwide observance of International Asteroid Day at noon EDT Friday, June 30, with a special television program featuring the agency’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office and other projects working to find and study near-Earth objects (NEOs). The program will air on NASA Television and the agency’s website. from NASA

NASA has achieved a significant milestone in its effort to make supersonic passenger jet travel over land a real possibility by completing the preliminary design review (PDR) of its Quiet Supersonic Transport or QueSST aircraft design. from NASA

NASA has awarded the Kennedy Space Center Institutional Support Services IV (KISS IV) contract to Apache-Logical Joint Venture of Albuquerque, New Mexico. from NASA

Media accreditation is open for the launch of NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS)-M. Liftoff on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida is targeted for 9:02 a.m. EDT Aug. 3, at the opening of a 40-minute launch window. from NASA

NASA has awarded a contract to the University of Oklahoma in Norman for a first-of-its-kind Earth science mission that will extend our nation’s lead in measuring key carbon-based greenhouse gases and vegetation health from space to advance our understanding of Earth’s natural exchanges of carbon between the land, atmosphere and ocean. from NASA

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Facebook IconJune 26, 2017 at 2:16 pm

A report on our recent trip to the National Space Centre in Leicester http://flamsteed.info/2017/06/national-space-centre-17-june-2017/

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Visit to the National Space Centre in Leicester – 17th June 2017

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Report by Christina Chester Everything about the National Space Centre in Leicester is suggestive of the grandeur and excitement of space travel. A visit, arranged for Saturday 17th June by Mike Meynell, gave Flamsteed members the opportunity to see this attraction that’s dedicated to space explorat...

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May 17, 2017 at 10:03 pm

Flamsteed Astronomy Society shared Thomas Pesquet's video.

Gorgeous!

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Thomas Pesquet

A timelapse of aurora into a sunrise. Wait for it, the first bright rise... is not the Sun! https://flic.kr/p/Uj97BT

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The first true-color images of Saturn taken during Cassini’s close en

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Facebook IconMay 13, 2017 at 4:04 pm

Blackheath observing is CONFIRMED ON for this evening (Saturday 13 May).

Meet from 9.30pm at our usual location, north of Talbot Place, on Blackheath.

See http://flamsteed.info/event/blackheath-observing-saturday-13-may/ for location details.

All are welcome to attend, members and non-members.

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Facebook IconMay 11, 2017 at 5:59 pm

We will be running a Blackheath Observing session on Saturday 13 May from 9.30pm until around 11.30pm.

The Moon will be absent during our session and the main event of the evening will surely be Jupiter. At around 9.30, Io will transit, casting its shadow across Jupiter’s clouds. So come along and enjoy this and other objects before the bright summer skies intrude.

We will have at least three scopes available at the session, but please feel free to come along with your own. The more the merrier!

A go / no-go announcement will be made by 4pm on Saturday.

Blackheath is quite exposed, so please wrap up warm.

We will meet at our usual spot just north of Talbot Place at 9.30pm. Talbot Place is the first left off Goffers Road after the Tea Hut. Parking is free after 6.30pm.

See http://flamsteed.info/event/blackheath-observing-saturday-13-may/ for location details.

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May 10, 2017 at 10:59 pm

Flamsteed Astronomy Society shared NASA's Cassini Mission to Saturn's photo.

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NASA's Cassini Mission to Saturn

The Cassini spacecraft has captured the closest-ever image of the “propeller” feature in Saturn’s rings known informally as Bleriot. The propeller is named after Louis Bleriot, the French aviator who in 1909 was the first person to fly across the English Channel. It’s the largest of the propellers in Saturn's rings. As in Cassini's other propeller close-up images, the central moonlet itself seems to be obscured by the stirred-up ring material around it, so that it cannot be directly seen. It would be about three pixels across, and lies at the center of the propeller structure. Many small, bright specks and linear, scratch-like artifacts are visible in the image. These artifacts are due to cosmic rays and particles of radiation near the planet striking the camera detector during the exposure. Get details at: https://go.nasa.gov/2pApupp

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May 9, 2017 at 11:02 pm

Flamsteed Astronomy Society shared NASA's Cassini Mission to Saturn's photo.

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NASA's Cassini Mission to Saturn

The Cassini spacecraft captured this view of bands of bright, feathery methane clouds drifting across Saturn's moon Titan on May 7, 2017. The dark regions at the top are Titan's hydrocarbon lakes and seas. Although Cassini will have no further close, targeted flybys of Titan, the spacecraft continues to observe the giant moon and its atmosphere from a distance. See more details: go.nasa.gov/2q4drSk

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May 9, 2017 at 4:29 pm

Flamsteed Astronomy Society shared NASA's Cassini Mission to Saturn's photo.

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NASA's Cassini Mission to Saturn

The Cassini spacecraft is nominal after our third #GrandFinale dive through the gap between Saturn and its rings. https://go.nasa.gov/2qcf2Vx

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May 8, 2017 at 10:36 pm

Flamsteed Astronomy Society shared Astronomy Magazine's post.

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A preview of Cassini's final chapter. http://trib.al/9eQTZh2

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May 8, 2017 at 4:27 pm

Flamsteed Astronomy Society shared NASA's Cassini Mission to Saturn's photo.

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NASA's Cassini Mission to Saturn

Image of the week: Saturn's hexagonal polar jet stream. Details: go.nasa.gov/2pYpjF8

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May 3, 2017 at 8:19 am

Flamsteed Astronomy Society shared Space.com's video.

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The space between Saturn and its rings is eerily silent: Researchers monitoring the Cassini spacecraft were surprised to encounter almost no dust and debris during the spacecraft's first dramatic dive through the gap, and you can hear the strange lack of impacts in a new NASA video. https://goo.gl/4gXqaw

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Facebook IconMay 1, 2017 at 9:44 am

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'Giant Hurricane' on Saturn: 1st Images Back from Cassini's Epic Ring Dive

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New raw images from Cassini's first plunge between Saturn and its rings reveal a "giant hurricane" and other intricate features.

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Facebook IconApril 27, 2017 at 6:41 pm

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Google Doodle Celebrates Cassini Probe's 'Grand Finale' Saturn Dive

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Today Google is honoring NASA's Cassini mission to Saturn with an adorable Google Doodle featuring the spacecraft swooping between the planet and its rings.

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April 27, 2017 at 9:06 am

Flamsteed Astronomy Society shared NASA's Cassini Mission to Saturn's video.

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NASA's Cassini Mission to Saturn

We did it! Cassini is in contact with Earth and sending back data after a successful dive through the gap between #Saturn and its rings. Our data are flowing back to Earth, over a billion miles, a trip that takes 78 minutes.

The gap between Saturn and its rings is no longer unexplored space – and we're going back 21 times. #GrandFinale! Saturn.jpl.nasa.gov

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April 26, 2017 at 12:58 pm

Flamsteed Astronomy Society shared NASA's Cassini Mission to Saturn's post.

<3 Google's doodle!! :)

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NASA's Cassini Mission to Saturn

We've been doodled! Get ready for your closeup, Saturn: https://go.nasa.gov/1Up1oba

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April 26, 2017 at 12:58 pm

Flamsteed Astronomy Society shared NASA's Cassini Mission to Saturn's video.

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NASA's Cassini Mission to Saturn

Shields Up! As we pass over Saturn, we're turning our high-gain antenna into a shield RIGHT NOW to deflect oncoming ring particles as we head into the gap between Saturn and its rings. Instruments will be on, but we'll be out of contact with Earth until early Thursday morning. More: https://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/mission/grand-finale/milestones/

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April 25, 2017 at 12:44 pm

Flamsteed Astronomy Society shared Astronomy Magazine's post.

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The mystery of our galaxy's bulge is slowly unravelling.
http://trib.al/hClIC5s

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April 20, 2017 at 5:55 pm

Flamsteed Astronomy Society shared Hubble Space Telescope's post.

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Today we celebrate 27 years of Hubble! Check out with whom Hubble is celebrating its anniversary! #Hubble27
https://www.spacetelescope.org/news/heic1709/

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April 19, 2017 at 6:03 pm

Flamsteed Astronomy Society shared Phil Plait's post.

Not one, not two, but three! GAH!

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Whoa. Alpha Centauri really *is* a triple star! Proxima Centauri is gravitationally bound to it, taking a staggering 600,000 years to make a complete orbit!

http://www.blastr.com/2017-4-19/and-proxima-makes-three-alpha-centauri-really-triple-star

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Watch Milky Way’s Stars Move 5 Million Years into the Future

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Astronomers have transformed star data from the Gaia and Hipparcos missions into a video that predicts stellar motions millions of years from now.

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Facebook IconApril 16, 2017 at 12:57 pm

There are still some places left on the One Day Spring Meeting in Eastbourne on Saturday 29th April.

An impressive line-up of topics and speakers talking about "Planets in our solar system and beyond":

Dr John Rogers - "Jupiter”
Mr Michael Foulkes – "Amateur observations of Saturn"
Prof David Rothery – "Mercury: new insights into the Sun's closest planet"
Dr Guillem Anglada Escude - "Proxima b, planets around red dwarfs and the search for life beyond the Solar System"
Dr Eamonn Kerins - "Exoplanet science in the era of many worlds"

Booking information available on the website:

https://britastro.org/node/7996

One Day Spring Meeting - "Planets in our solar system and beyond" | British Astronomical Association

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April 15, 2017 at 11:55 pm

Thanks to all who came to our Blackheath observing session this evening. We were treated to some fabulous views of Jupiter and the 4 Galilean moons, as well as some lovely views of double stars like Algieba, Cor Caroli and Castor.

We had a good 2-3 hours of clear skies, despite what the forecast said! It was a bit cold with the wind, but everyone enjoyed it.

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Facebook IconApril 15, 2017 at 4:04 pm

Our Blackheath observing session is CONFIRMED ON for tonight (Saturday 15 April) from 8.30pm.

See http://flamsteed.info/event/blackheath-observing-friday-14-april-or-saturday-15-april/ for location details.

We are taking a bit of a risk in going ahead, as there is likely to be some cloud overhead. However, we hope that there will be enough clear spells to get good views of some of our target objects.

We should be able to spot Mars in the twilight, low in the west, once it gets dark enough. Mars isn't in a favourable position for observation at the moment, as it heads towards superior conjunction, but we will give it a go in any case!

The (wandering) "star" of the show will be Jupiter. Rising in the east just after 7pm, we should be able to get some decent views from 9pm onwards. Jupiter reached opposition last week, so this is a particularly good time for us to view the largest planet in the solar system. All of the Galilean moons should be visible on both nights, with the Great Red Spot coming into view later on Saturday evening.

There will be plenty of other objects to view. Orion is past its best, though is still visible low in the west. Gemini and Leo are well placed, giving us the opportunity to view the double stars Castor and Algieba, as well as the open cluster M44 (Beehive / Praesepe) in Cancer. Later on, we will try to view the globular cluster M13 in Hercules.

Though the nights are getting warmer, Blackheath is quite exposed, so please wrap up warm!

We will meet at our usual spot just north of Talbot Place at 8.30pm. Talbot Place is the first left off Goffers Road after the Tea Hut. Parking is free after 6.30pm.

All are welcome to attend, and please feel free to bring observing equipment if you have it. Otherwise, there should be plenty of telescopes available for you to use.

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Blackheath Observing – Saturday 15 April

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PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT HAS BEEN MOVED TO SATURDAY EVENING! We will be running a Blackheath Observing session on Saturday 15 April, from 8.30pm until around 11pm. We look forward to seeing you there. Please bring a telescope if you can, the more the merrier! If not there should be at least three...

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Facebook IconApril 14, 2017 at 11:52 am

Weather prospects do not look positive for this evening, so we will move our Blackheath observing session to tomorrow evening (Saturday) from 8.30pm.

http://flamsteed.info/event/blackheath-observing-friday-14-april-or-saturday-15-april/

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Blackheath Observing – Saturday 15 April

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