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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

Professor Richard Crowther

After a gap of 4 years, it was a pleasure to welcome Professor Richard Crowther of the UK Space Agency back to the Flamsteed to give us an update on space debris and other issues surrounding the security of satellites in Earth’s orbit. Richard began his talk by explaining that space is becoming congested, contested […]

The solar eclipse!!! Honestly, it is there (behind the clouds!)

As I write this short report, I’m staring out at a beautiful sunny day. Hard to believe that only a few hours ago, we were completely clouded out when trying to view the largest partial solar eclipse visible from London since 1999! Ah well, that is the law of sod, is it not? The truth […]

Rupert presents the Solar System Imaging workshop

“Welcome to the first event at our new training centre!”… a tongue-in-cheek opening line from Rupert to introduce the first Flamsteed member’s event to be held at Mycenae House in Blackheath. In truth, we have been looking around for an additional venue to hold workshops for Flamsteed members, as, though the Royal Observatory is an […]

Louise Devoy

Looking around the galleries at the Royal Observatory Greenwich today, you’d be forgiven for not knowing about the work of the Magnetic and Meteorological departments in Greenwich. Understandably, the focus of the galleries is on the determination of time and the contribution of the Royal Observatory to positional astronomy in order to assist navigation. The […]

Moon with Earthshine above Blackheath

Our Blackheath observing session started early this month in order to catch the conjunction of Mars and Venus. Despite having to cancel on Friday we benefitted from mostly clear skies on Saturday. The conjunction did not disappoint and was clearly visible as was the distinctive orange colour of Mars. Above the two planets was the […]

Hare & Billet Pub

April 27, Monday 8.00pm Flamsteed Pub Evening at the British Oak, 109 Old Dover Road, Blackheath SE3 8SU.  All are welcome.

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Flamsteed History of Astronomy Group Meeting. Graham Dolan will be speaking on the subject “William Christie and the demise of the Royal Greenwich Observatory”. William Christie is best known as the Astronomer Royal (1881–1910) who procured many of the Observatory’s largest Telescopes. In this lecture, Graham will look at not only how the appearance of […]

Chris Lintott, Marek Kukula and Louisa Preston

Are we alone in the Universe? The search for extraterrestrial life has, so far, proved futile. Scientists the world over have yet to yield any evidence of lifeforms existing elsewhere in the Universe. Some may argue that our Universe is old enough for intelligent civilisations to have spread ubiquitously. That there should be an abundance […]

Hare & Billet Pub

May 18, Monday 8.00pm Flamsteed Pub Evening at the British Oak, 109 Old Dover Road, Blackheath SE3 8SU.  All are welcome.

Professor Carolin Crawford

Many robotic spacecraft have been sent to explore the cold, dry and dusty surface of Mars. They reveal a world not so dissimilar to Earth, shaped by meteor impacts, volcanic activity, weather and flash flooding. In addition, recent discoveries inform us about the possibilities for life on Mars – both in the past and the […]

The brilliant tapestry of young stars flaring to life resemble a glittering fireworks display in the 25th anniversary NASA Hubble Space Telescope image, released to commemorate a quarter century of exploring the solar system and beyond since its launch on April 24, 1990. from NASA

Where over the world is NASA astronaut Scott Kelly? Kelly, who is working and living aboard the International Space Station on a one-year mission, wants to test your knowledge of the world with a geography trivia game on Twitter. from NASA

Student teams from Puerto Rico and Russia Take Top Spots at 2015 NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge from NASA

Media accreditation is open for a pad abort test of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft next month. The test will simulate an emergency abort from a test stand on Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. from NASA

NASA Television will provide live coverage of the departure of one cargo spacecraft from the International Space Station (ISS) and the arrival of another this month. from NASA

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Planetary Nebula Mz3: The Ant Nebula

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Why isn't this ant a big sphere?

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Cluster and Starforming Region Westerlund 2

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Located 20,000 light-years away in the constellation Carina,

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Blue Tears and the Milky Way

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Lapping at rocks

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Meteor in the Milky Way

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Meteor in the Milky Way

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Colorful Star Clouds in Cygnus

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Stars can form in colorful surroundings.

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Vesta Trek: A Digital Model of Asteroid Vesta

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You can explore asteroid Vesta.

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April 21, 2015 at 11:05 pm

Who's setting up to catch some Lyrids? I am already!

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April 21, 2015 at 9:28 pm

Look up! Luna, Jupiter and Venus looking so pretty! ^_^

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Royal Observatory Greenwich's tips for the Lyrids!

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Lyrids Meteor Shower Weather Forecast News - The Weather Network

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Skies look largely clear for the Lyrids Meteor shower over the next couple of nights

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Total Solar Eclipse over Svalbard

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Going, going, gone.

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Are you all set for the meteor shower?

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Everything you need to know: Lyrid meteor shower | EarthSky.org

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Awesome Lyrid prospects this year! You might see 10 to 20 meteors per hour at the peak on the mornings of April 22åç and 23, with the nod going to April 23.

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Our practical astrophotography session on Blackheath this evening (Monday 20 April) will be going ahead as planned. Meet from 8pm at our usual location, north of Talbot Place.

All are welcome to participate.

We will be using DSLRs (or Compact System Cameras) to take photographs of the night sky.

The session is intended give people a chance to set up equipment whilst it is still light. Once the Sun sets, you can start practising with taking photos. Venus and the Pleiades are very close together at the moment, so this could prove to be an excellent photo opportunity.

Obviously, it doesn’t get properly dark until after 10pm, but this is more about giving you the opportunity to set up your camera in the right way, with enough light around so that you can see what you’re doing! We’re not looking at producing great pictures at this stage, but hopefully the session will give you the practical experience so that you can go out and practise astrophotography in the future.

See http://flamsteed.info/event/practical-astrophotography-with-dslrs/ for location details.

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Practical Astrophotography with DSLRs – CONFIRMED ON

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THIS EVENT IS CONFIRMED ON On Monday 20 April from 8pm, we will be running a practical astrophotography session on Blackheath (at our usual location, North of Talbot Place). All are welcome to participate. We will be using DSLRs (or Compact System Cameras) to take photographs of the night sky. The s…

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Ring Galaxy AM 0644 741 from Hubble

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How could a galaxy become shaped like a ring? The rim of the blue galaxy

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The Great Crater Hokusai

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One of the largest young craters on Mercury,

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M46 Plus Two

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Galactic or

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One-Armed Spiral Galaxy NGC 4725

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While most spiral galaxies, including our

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Mystic Mountain Dust Pillars

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It's stars versus dust in the Carina Nebula and the stars are winning.

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Through the Shadow of the Moon

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What would it look like to fly through a total eclipse of the Sun?

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Milky Way over Erupting Volcano

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The view was worth the trip.

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Sentinels of the Arctic

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Who guards the north?

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Venus in the West

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In the coming days, Venus shines near the western horizon at sunset.

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NGC 2903: A Missing Jewel in Leo

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Barred spiral galaxy

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April 10, 2015 at 4:41 pm

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Rosetta Mission

Here's how Comet 6P/C-G looked shortly after Rosetta got back at about 140km on 8 April - #CometWatch
Details and original images: http://blogs.esa.int/rosetta/2015/04/10/cometwatch-8-april/
Credits: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM – CC BY-SA IGO 3.0

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A Golden Gate Eclipse

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A Golden Gate Eclipse

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We will be running a FREE solar observing session TOMORROW (Friday) at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich from 11.30am until 3.30pm.

All are welcome, and the weather forecast is looking good!

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