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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

Jupiter from Blackheath 14 May 2016

Our observing session on Blackheath this Saturday was again in danger of being cancelled due to bad weather. At least that’s what each of the 6 forecasting sites I looked at said. However one did say it was going to be patchy cloud instead of a thick blanket and it also seemed to be agreeing […]

Graham Dolan

The ROG was preparing for new galleries called ‘Observatory Lives’ focusing on two of the Astronomers Royal, Maskelyne and Airy, and their families who lived at the Observatory in Flamsteed House. By way of contrast, Graham Dolan spoke to us about some of the nineteenth century assistants at the Observatory, people who did the work […]

Mercury Transit, a few minutes after first contact

Report by Mike Meynell Early on the morning of Monday 9 May 2016, the day of the Transit of Mercury, things were not looking good. Nick Phillips and I were exchanging emails after consulting the various weather forecasts for the day. They all said the same thing… cloud… lots of it… followed by rain. So, […]

Viewing Peter Apian's “Astronomicum Caesarium”

A party from the History Group enjoyed a visit to the RMG Caird Library to look at a selection of rare and interesting books from the astronomy collection. The visit was hosted by Gareth Bellis and Stawell Heard of the library staff, and by Louise Devoy, Curator of the ROG. The books were divided into […]

Malcolm Porter

Sir Fred Hoyle was never far from controversy and is probably most widely remembered for his passionate advocacy of a ‘steady state’ universe in opposition to the ‘Big Bang’ (a term he coined). But Fred made many breakthrough contributions to astrophysics, a point often overlooked. Malcolm’s thorough review of Hoyle’s life and work began with […]

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Following our recent Flamsteed Radio Astronomy special interest group meeting at the Mycenae House, we are pleased to announce the date and venue for the next meeting. We will be meeting in room 10 at Mycenae House on Tuesday 7th June 2016 from 7pm to 9pm. Hopefully, some of you that attended the last meeting […]

Dr Matt Taylor

The Rosetta Mission is the third cornerstone mission the ESA programme Horizon 2000. The aim of the mission is to map the comet 67-P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko by remote sensing, to examine its environment insitu and its evolution in the inner solar system. This presentation will provide a brief overview of the mission up to now and what […]

The Sun at last revealed after days of rain

We will be running a solar observing session at the Royal Observatory Greenwich on Friday 10th June 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 at […]

The Sun at last revealed after days of rain

The Flamsteed Astronomy Society will be taking part in the Shrewsbury Park Summer Festival this year. The event takes place on Saturday 11th June from 2pm to 5pm. All are welcome to attend. Details on how to find the park can be found here. We plan to bring solar telescopes so that attendees can get […]

Hare & Billet Pub

June 13, Monday 8.00pm Flamsteed Pub Evening at the British Oak, 109 Old Dover Road, Blackheath SE3 8SU.  All are welcome.

NASA and Bigelow Aerospace will make a second attempt at 9 a.m. EDT Saturday, May 28, to expand the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM), currently attached to the International Space Station. NASA Television coverage will begin at 8:45 a.m. from NASA

NASA has rescheduled today’s media teleconference, originally scheduled for noon EDT, to 2 p.m. for a discussion on the status of the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) installed on the International Space Station. The teleconference will stream live on the agency’s website. from NASA

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and chief executive officer, will speak with three astronauts currently living and working aboard the International Space Station at 12:55 p.m. EDT Wednesday, June 1. The Earth-to-space call will be seen live on NASA’s Facebook page. from NASA

NASA will host a media teleconference at noon EDT Friday, May 27 to provide an update on the expansion operations for the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) installed on the International Space Station. The teleconference will stream live on the agency’s website. from NASA

NASA has selected Honeywell Technology Solutions, Inc. of Columbia, Maryland, to provide safety and mission assurance, audits and assessments support services for the agency’s Safety Center in Cleveland. from NASA

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A report of the recent talk by Graham Dolan to the Flamsteed History of Astronomy Group on the subject of "Fame, fortune, misery, disaster… The lives and times of the Royal Observatory’s nineteenth century Assistants and Computers" is now on our website.

http://flamsteed.info/2016/05/fame-fortune-misery-disaster-the-lives-and-times-of-the-royal-observatorys-nineteenth-century-assistants-and-computers-history-of-astronomy-group-meeting-10-may-2016/

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The next Flamsteed social meeting is taking place tomorrow evening, Monday 23rd May, starting at around 8pm.

The venue will be the British Oak which is located in the 'Old Dover Road', close to the Blackheath Standard shops, with bus stops for the following buses: 53, 54, 202, 108, 380 & 422. There is a bus stop outside the pub serviced by the '386' route. See http://flamsteed.info/event/flamsteed-pub-evening-42/ for a map.

Many familiar faces will be there and if you are new, just come in and look for us. You don’t have to be a drinker to attend one of these meetings, we endeavour to discuss astronomy, but many other subjects get an airing.

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May 23, Monday 8.00pm Flamsteed Pub Evening at the British Oak, 109 Old Dover Road, Blackheath SE3 8SU. All are welcome.

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Facebook IconMay 14, 2016 at 4:09 pm

The weather has potential for some clear spells this evening (Saturday 14 May) so we are going to run the event as planned.

See you there for 8.30pm!!

Blackheath is quite exposed and although the forecast is for a pleasant 10 degrees, please bring a coat!

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.

A map of the site can be found on our website: http://flamsteed.info/event/blackheath-observing-saturday-14-may-or-friday-13-may/

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Blackheath Observing – Saturday 14 May

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Our next scheduled observing event is proposed to take place on Saturday 14 May, depending on the weather. There is a fighting chance of a clear sky on Saturday. Lets hope the Met Office are as accurate with the forecast as they were for the Mercury Transit. i.e forecast of cloud = clear skies! The…

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Our next scheduled observing event is proposed to take place on Saturday of this week, depending on the weather. The back up day of Friday (today) was always looking poor. There is however a fighting chance of a clear sky on Saturday. Lets hope the Met Office are as accurate with the forecast as they were for the Mercury Transit. i.e forecast of cloud = clear skies!

The event is planned to begin at the later time of 8.30pm as it is getting lighter. At this time, Jupiter will be due south with the 60% illuminated Moon, so plenty to see even during twilight. As the night progresses, some familiar sights will return now that the Winter Constellations are setting. From around 9.30pm in the west will be the multi-coloured Beehive Cluster M44, the South East will offer the jewel like Hercules Cluster M13 and going further East the Ring Nebula M57 becomes visible as the Summer Triangle of Vega, Altair and Deneb begins to rise.

Together with many other sites we look forward to seeing of many of you there as possible. Please bring a telescope if you can, the more the merrier! If not there should be at least three scopes available to take you on a tour of the sky.

As normal a go / no-go announcement will be made at 5pm on Saturday.

Blackheath is quite exposed and although the forecast is for a pleasant 10 degrees, please bring a coat!

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.

See http://flamsteed.info/event/blackheath-observing-saturday-14-may-or-friday-13-may/ for a map.

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Blackheath Observing – Saturday 14 May

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Our next scheduled observing event is proposed to take place on Saturday 14 May, depending on the weather. There is a fighting chance of a clear sky on Saturday. Lets hope the Met Office are as accurate with the forecast as they were for the Mercury Transit. i.e forecast of cloud = clear skies! The…

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May 11, 2016 at 7:50 am

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This is the biggest single announcement of new exoplanets, Nasa says.

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Facebook IconMay 10, 2016 at 2:09 pm

A report of our Transit of Mercury viewing event at the Royal Observatory Greenwich is now on our website.

http://flamsteed.info/2016/05/transit-of-mercury-9-may-2016/

Thank you to all our volunteers and visitors.

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Facebook IconMay 10, 2016 at 11:39 am

What a brilliant day that was, yesterday! Here's a little memento made by me ^_^. If you came, see if you can spot yourself :)

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Timelapse of the Transit of Mercury 2016

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A summary of our public event on the 9th May 2016 at the Royal Observatory Greenwich with Flamsteed Astronomy Society. A day that started overcast with no hope of seeing anything which turned out to be clear and hot! Lots of fun with 550+ visitors, enthusiastic school children and to top it off, we…

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May 10, 2016 at 9:44 am

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That's what we saw from Down Under. True story...........
Thank Dylan O'Donnell. -Suzy.

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If you're on the go and can't watch the live stream, for those of you with a smart phone
, here’s a free #MercuryTransit app by @ideorum.
Android: play.google.com/store/apps/det…
iOS: itunes.apple.com/en/app/mercury…

http://play.google.com/store/apps/det

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Facebook IconMay 9, 2016 at 11:18 am

Can't watch a live stream? Images of the #MercuryTransit from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory will be posted at: nasa.gov/transit

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Facebook IconMay 9, 2016 at 11:17 am

Is it a typical cloudy day where you are for the the Mercury transit? You can watch it here! cosmos.esa.int/web/cesar/stre…

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Facebook IconMay 9, 2016 at 7:57 am

We will be going ahead with our Transit of Mercury viewing event at the Royal Observatory Greenwich today.

However, after a glorious few days, the weather is trying to work against us!

We think it is still possible for clear’ish skies at times, but a cloud band looks like it will gently push northwards over the course of the day.

It could still go either way… if you go just 20-30 miles north, there are completely clear skies until late afternoon! Unfortunately, there is no way of moving the Royal Observatory :)

These are the timings of the transit from Greenwich:

Exterior ingress: 12:12:23 BST
Interior ingress: 12:15:35 BST
Maximum: 15:56:17 BST
Interior egress: 19:37:21 BST
Exterior egress: 19:40:33 BST

See http://flamsteed.info/event/transit-of-mercury-viewing-event/ for details.

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Transit of Mercury Viewing Event

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On Monday 9th May, 2016, we will be running a special solar viewing session at the Royal Observatory Greenwich to view the transit of Mercury. The transit will be visible in its entirety from the UK (weather permitting!). This session is open to all and is free of charge. There is no need to book, [...

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April 16, 2016 at 4:59 pm

Unfortunately, due to marginal weather conditions and the risk of rain, the Blackheath observing session scheduled for tonight is OFF.

This is a tricky call, as conditions look they will clear later tonight. However, satellite images show isolated showers moving down from the north, as well as some intermittent cloud… so it was likely to be a frustrating (and possibly damp) session if we did go ahead.

On balance, we think it’s best to cancel.

We will look to reschedule for a later date.

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The next Flamsteed social meeting is taking place on Monday evening, Monday 18th April, starting at around 8pm.

The venue will be the British Oak which is located in the 'Old Dover Road', close to the Blackheath Standard shops, with bus stops for the following buses: 53, 54, 202, 108, 380 & 422. There is a bus stop outside the pub serviced by the '386' route.

Many familiar faces will be there and if you are new, just come in and look for us. You don’t have to be a drinker to attend one of these meetings, we endeavour to discuss astronomy, but many other subjects get an airing.

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Facebook IconApril 10, 2016 at 10:20 pm

Timelapse of Flamsteed AS Chris' Oast House being sucked into Polaris :)
Produced by Sumitra Sribhashyam and Chris Mann

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Starship Oast to Polaris

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Timelapse taken with Chris between midnight and 4am in April 2016 370 frames, finishes in startrails. Exposure 15 seconds, ISO1250, F/4, 20 seconds interval.

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Some images from Professor David Rothery's talk to the Flamsteed on Monday evening about "Mercury - New Views of the Sun's Innermost Planet"

Thanks to David for a fascinating evening.

We look forward to seeing the transit of Mercury across the Sun on Monday 9 May! We will be running an event to view the transit at the Royal Observatory Greenwich. Details can be found here: http://flamsteed.info/event/transit-of-mercury-viewing-event/

All pictures by Mike Meynell.

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Facebook IconMarch 21, 2016 at 3:39 pm

A full report of our recent trip to the Institute of Astronomy in Cambridge is now on our website.

http://flamsteed.info/2016/03/visit-to-the-institute-of-astronomy-in-cambridge/

We would like to thank the Institute of Astronomy and its Outreach Staff for hosting this enjoyable and informative visit.

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The Flash Spectrum of the Sun

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Lunar Shadow Transit

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Facebook IconMarch 11, 2016 at 5:28 pm

Our Blackheath Observing event is CONFIRMED ON for this evening (Friday 11 March). Meet from 7.30pm.

The weather prospects for this evening look like the better of our two options, though it is still possible that the clouds could roll in at some stage during the evening.

However, given that we had to cancel both our January and February observing events, we’ve decided to take the risk!

It would be great to see as many people there as possible. Please bring a telescope if you can… but if you don’t have access to a scope, come along anyway, as there should be plenty of equipment available for you to use.

At the start of the evening, the constellation of Orion will already be past the meridian but still high enough to afford us good views of the great Nebula M42 and the star field surrounding the attractive double of Sigma Orionis. As the evening progresses Jupiter will rise high in the sky with its Red Spot being visible on Friday from about 7.30-10.30pm together with Io and Europa being particularly close to each other. If seeing permits the icy white of Europa should contrast well against Io's yellow colour. Also visible in the South East from about 8.00pm, (albeit at mag +8.7!) will be Comet P/2010 V1 (Ikeya-Murakami). Perhaps a bit faint for London skies but we will have a go at finding it!

Blackheath is quite exposed and the recent warmer weather seems to have reverted to a more seasonal temperature so please wrap up warm. A hat is advisable.

We will meet at our usual spot just north of Talbot Place at 7.30pm. Talbot place is the first left off Goffers Road after the Tea Hut. Parking is free after 6.30pm.

A map of the site can be found here: http://flamsteed.info/event/blackheath-observing-saturday-12-march-back-up-friday-11-march/

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We will be holding a Blackheath observing session on Friday 11th March from 7.30pm. The location for this event will be Blackheath. Please note that we may…

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Facebook IconMarch 11, 2016 at 1:53 pm

We may bring forward our Blackheath observing session to this evening (Friday 11 March) from 7.30pm, as the forecast looks better than tomorrow.

A go/no-go decision will be posted by 5pm.

Details of the event can be found here: http://flamsteed.info/event/blackheath-observing-saturday-12-march-back-up-friday-11-march/

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Blackheath Observing – Friday 11 March (back-up Saturday 12 March)

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We will be holding a Blackheath observing session on Friday 11th March from 7.30pm. The location for this event will be Blackheath. Please note that we may…

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Dark Sun over Ternate

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A dark Sun hangs in the clearing sky over a volcanic planet

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Edge On Galaxy NGC 5866

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Solar Eclipse Shoes in the Classroom

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Mystery Feature Now Disappears in Titan Lake

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