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Blackheath Observing – Friday 22 September

September 22 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Flamsteed Pub Evening

September 25 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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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

A total of 25 Flamsteed members made the trip down to Herstmonceux on Saturday 15 July 2017, for a visit to Herstmonceux Castle and the Observatory Science Centre. We had a guided tour of Herstmonceux Castle in the morning, followed by a tour of all the telescope domes at the Observatory Science Centre in the […]

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). […]

Dr Edward Yeadon

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 […]

We will be running a Blackheath Observing session on Friday 22nd September from 8pm until around 11pm. 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! Blackheath is quite exposed, so please wrap up warm. We will meet at […]

Dr Louise Devoy, Curator of the ROG, will take us through the exhibits known as Observatory Life in the ROG Flamsteed House Astronomer’s Apartments. Louise will introduce the displays and tell us about the ideas behind the exhibition and the choice of items, and share some of the stories from the history of the ROG […]

September 25th, Monday 8.00pm Flamsteed Pub Evening at the British Oak, 109 Old Dover Road, Blackheath SE3 8SU.  All are welcome.

The Earth’s aurora or northern (and southern) lights are one of the most beautiful manifestations of the Sun’s influence on the Earth. They arise as a result of the interaction between the solar wind, the magnetosphere (the region of space surrounding Earth), and the upper atmosphere. Our understanding of both the aurora and magnetosphere has […]

Martin and Jane have very kindly offered to run a viewing session from their observatory on Saturday 21st October (with a weather back-up date of Sunday 22nd October). For the benefit of newer members, Martin’s observatory (a shed, but not as most of us know sheds) is very well equipped including a permanently mounted 14-inch […]

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe will be humanity’s first-ever mission to explore the Sun’s outer atmosphere. Media are invited to see the spacecraft and learn about the mission from noon to 2 p.m. EDT Monday, Sept. 25, at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland, where the probe is being built. from NASA

NASA selected AECOM Technical Services, Inc. of San Francisco to provide architectural and engineering services to the Facilities Engineering branch at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California. from NASA

NASA has awarded a contract to Leidos Innovations Corporation in Houston to provide pressurized cargo packing and unpacking for the International Space Station Program. from NASA

A thrilling epoch in the exploration of our solar system came to a close today, as NASA’s Cassini spacecraft made a fateful plunge into the atmosphere of Saturn, ending its 13-year tour of the ringed planet. from NASA

Less than a week after arriving on the International Space Station, Expedition 53 Flight Engineer Mark Vande Hei will speak with students from the Pine River-Backus Schools in Pine River, Minnesota. from NASA

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