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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

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Once again, the Flamsteed were delighted to be invited to participate in the Shrewsbury Park Summer Festival this year, set on top of Shooters Hill with fabulous views over London, Kent and Essex. In fine weather this is a perfect spot for astronomy, and our plan was to provide several solar telescopes for people to […]

Matt Taylor at the Flamsteed

For the final lecture of our 2015/16 season, Flamsteed members were given a real treat when Dr Matt Taylor from ESA came to talk about the Rosetta mission. Matt is the Project Scientist for this mission, working as the interface between the scientists responsible for the experiments on the mission and the ESA mission operation […]

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The Flamsteed Radio Astronomy Group continues to make good progress. At the last meeting on Tuesday 7 June 2016, the group had 5 VLF (Very Low Frequency) receivers up and running in an attempt to compare performance. A Very Low Frequency (VLF) Receiver is designed to record Sudden Ionospheric Disturbance (SIDs) induced by solar flares. […]

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 […]

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Martin and Jane have very kindly offered to run a viewing session from their observatory on Friday 30 September (with a weather back-up date of Saturday 1 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 […]

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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 11th October 2016 from 7pm to 9pm. Hopefully, some of you that attended the last meeting […]

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Gaia is the European Space Agency satellite which will provide the first 6-Dimensional census of the Milky Way. Six dimensions means determining precise 3D distances, 3D motions and in addition determining the basic astrophysical properties for one billion stars, one percent of the stars in our Galaxy. Gaia will image the sky with its billion-pixel […]

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We will be running a Blackheath Observing session on Friday 21 October (or Saturday 22 October, if the weather is poor on Friday evening) from 7.30pm 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 […]

Hare & Billet Pub

October 24th, Monday 8.00pm Flamsteed Pub Evening at the British Oak, 109 Old Dover Road, Blackheath SE3 8SU.  All are welcome.

NASA and the Chinese Aeronautical Establishment (CAE) have signed a memorandum of understanding to cooperate on aeronautics research that will advance air transportation automation for U.S. and Chinese aviation operations in China. from NASA

NASA Television and the agency’s website will air the conclusion of ESA’s (European Space Agency’s) Rosetta mission from 6:15 to 8 a.m. EDT Friday, Sept. 30, with NASA commentary, interviews and analysis of the successful mission. The Rosetta mission will end with the controlled decent of the spacecraft onto the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Geras from […]

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden has named Thomas Zurbuchen as the new associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at the agency’s headquarters in Washington, effective Monday, Oct. 3. from NASA

Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have imaged what may be water vapor plumes erupting off the surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa. This finding bolsters other Hubble observations suggesting the icy moon erupts with high altitude water vapor plumes. from NASA

NASA has awarded a contract to RiverTech, LLC, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, for a range of security services at the agency’s Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. from NASA

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Facebook IconSeptember 23, 2016 at 4:10 pm

Our Blackheath Observing session is CONFIRMED ON for tonight (Friday 23 September). Meet from 8.30pm at our usual location, north of Talbot Place, on Blackheath.

See http://flamsteed.info/event/blackheath-observing-friday-23-september-weather-back-up-saturday-24-september/ for details.

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Blackheath Observing – Friday 23 September – CONFIRMED ON

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THIS EVENT IS CONFIRMED ON Our next scheduled observing event will take place on Friday 23 September. The event is planned to begin at 8.30pm although from next month we will be starting an hour earlier. Our first observing session of the new season will allow us to see a wide range of old favorites...

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Blackheath Observing

Our next scheduled observing event is proposed to take place either Friday or Saturday of this week, depending on the weather. Currently the forecast is looking promising for Friday evening so currently we will schedule this as the likely date for the observing session

The event is still planned to begin at 8.30pm although from next month we will be starting an hour earlier.

Our first observing session of the new season will allow us to see a wide range of old favorites as the Summer Asterisms in the Milky Way are now more visible in the darker sky. The most notable of these is the Summer Triangle comprising the bright stars of Vega, Deneb and Altair. Amidst these three stars in the centre we will be able to see the colourful double star Albireo. To the right of this between the stars Sulafat and Sheliak is M57 the famous Ring Nebula. Heading up above Vega we can see the binary system known as the 'Double-Double' or more technically Epsilon 1 Lyrae and Epsilon 2 Lyrae. Moving left of this system between Deneb and Vega we can see Delta Cygni, a triple star system consisting of green-blue and yellow-white stars. In this area of the triangle are also a number of nebula (the North American NGC7000, Pelican IC5070 and Gamma Cygni IC1318), however these are more imaging targets and not really visible unless at a dark sky location.

While the triangle is high overhead there will be several planets potentially in view allowing for the tree line. Stretching across the horizon from East to West will be Uranus, Neptune, Pluto and Saturn. However I think at least one of then will be a quite hard to see!

The night will be moonless during our observing session and weather permitting, looks set to offer a great opportunity to see many different objects.

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 Friday.

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 here

http://flamsteed.info/observing/stargazing-events/blackheath-stargazing/

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September 5, 2016 at 9:15 pm

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It's official ... the little robot Philae has been found!

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September 2, 2016 at 9:47 pm

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NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration release spectacular images of Jupiter.

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September 2, 2016 at 7:53 am

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One ring to rule them all. 🌒

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September 1, 2016 at 3:11 pm

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There has been an explosion in Florida where SpaceX was test-firing a rocket.

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August 25, 2016 at 7:33 am

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"I think it's the most important exoplanet discovery there will ever be."

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August 17, 2016 at 7:39 pm

Can you tell me where you have you're astro group observing please, and what you can see? Clear skies!

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Facebook IconAugust 12, 2016 at 8:51 am

We will be running a public solar observing event at the Royal Observatory Greenwich today (Friday 12 August) from 11.30am to 4pm.

All are welcome, and it's free!

There is no need to book, just turn up. We will be setting up at our usual location by the Altazimuth Building at the Royal Observatory.

See http://flamsteed.info/event/solar-observing-at-the-royal-observatory-greenwich-31/ for a map.

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Solar Observing at the Royal Observatory Greenwich – CONFIRMED ON

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THIS EVENT IS CONFIRMED ON We will be running a solar observing session at the Royal Observatory Greenwich on Friday 12th August 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 […]

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Facebook IconAugust 11, 2016 at 5:39 pm

The Perseids Meteor Watch session in Cudham is CONFIRMED ON for tonight (Thursday 11th August).

We are taking a bit of a risk with the weather, as there is a fair amount of cloud about. Some forecasts are suggesting cloud cover for most of the night, whereas others suggest clearing skies from 11pm. Given that this is the optimum night for observations, with the Moon setting just after midnight, and the potential of an “outburst” of meteors (peak rates of almost twice the usual rate – ZHR of 210 is predicted), we think it’s worth the risk of running the event.

Location details can be found on the Flamsteed website:
http://flamsteed.info/event/perseids-meteor-watch-3/

We aim to start the session at around 10pm and continue for as long as people are happy to stay.

Attendees should use the car park in the Blacksmiths Arms, providing there is space. If you do use the pub car park, you are encouraged to pop into the pub for a drink prior to the event, as a thank you for using their facilities. The address is Cudham Lane South, Cudham, Kent, TN14 7QB.

Please note that the recreation ground car park is normally locked at about 11pm, so if you park in this area, you may find that you are stuck until the morning! Use the pub car park if you can.

We'd recommend bringing a deck chair or similar reclining chair, or a blanket to lie on. Feel free to bring cameras, telescopes or any other equipment. Also, make sure you bring some warm clothing. The area we have chosen for viewing is relatively dark and you are therefore advised to bring a torch (red light, if possible).

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Once again, we will be running a Perseid Meteor Watch session at Cudham in Kent. This event will be on Thursday 11th August. The maximum of Perseid activity is expected between 11-14 August 2016. Though our event won’t be during the peak of activity (that will be on the 12th), any later day and the…

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August 11, 2016 at 1:42 pm

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Tonight and tomorrow night are the best for observing the Perseid meteor shower- here's a great primer on how to photograph them yourself:

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Facebook IconAugust 6, 2016 at 9:06 am

Public solar viewing at the Royal Observatory Greenwich will be GOING AHEAD today (Saturday 6 August) from 11.30am. Weather permitting, we will be running the session until 4pm.

We will be setting up at our usual location by the Altazimuth Building at the Royal Observatory.

This session is open to all and is free of charge. There is no need to book, just turn up.

See http://flamsteed.info/event/solar-observing-at-the-royal-observatory-greenwich-27/ for details.

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Facebook IconJuly 28, 2016 at 10:17 am

Bye bye Philae <3

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“Thinking of the wonderful adventures I had with @Philae2014 at Comet #67P #GoodbyePhilae”

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Facebook IconJuly 10, 2016 at 7:22 pm

Flamsteed Astronomy Society added 3 new photos — with Grey Lipley Skywatch and Mike Meynell.

Thanks to everyone who came to see us at the Mycenae House Summer Sunday Extravaganza today.

We had great fun meeting you all, and hope you enjoyed looking at the Sun through our telescopes in white light and hydrogen-alpha.

Hope too see you at a future event soon.

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Facebook IconJuly 10, 2016 at 9:58 am

We will be at the Mycenae House Summer Sunday Extravaganza today (Sunday 10th July) from midday to 5.30pm. Come along and join in the fun!

See http://flamsteed.info/event/mycenae-house-summer-sunday-extravaganza/ for details.

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Mycenae House Summer Sunday Extravaganza

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We will be running a stall at the Mycenae House Summer Sunday Extravaganza on Sunday 10th July from midday to 5.30pm. We will be offering: A solar viewing session outside using specialist hydrogen-alpha and white-light solar telescopes, so that people can safely view features on the solar surface. A...

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July 5, 2016 at 7:38 am

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Success! Engine burn complete. After a five-year journey, our #Juno spacecraft is now orbiting #Jupiter, poised to unlock the planet's secrets.

More about our Juno mission: http://www.nasa.gov/juno

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July 5, 2016 at 7:37 am

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Here's to opening up the universe!

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July 5, 2016 at 7:36 am

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Congratulations to NASA's Juno Mission to Jupiter on successfully entering orbit at #Jupiter. Here's a view from mission control at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory via NASA TV moments ago as the team celebrated.

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July 5, 2016 at 7:34 am

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NASA's Juno spacecraft is now in orbit around mighty #Jupiter. "This is the one time I don't mind being stuck in a windowless room on the night of the Fourth of July," said Scott Bolton, principal investigator of Juno from Southwest Research Institute. "The mission team did great. The spacecraft did great. We are looking great. It's a great day." Details: go.nasa.gov/29d6STu

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July 4, 2016 at 10:18 pm

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NASA has released this amazing video of Juno's final approach to Jupiter. The spacecraft will reach the gas giant's orbit in the early hours of tomorrow morning, UK time, and will begin analysing the planet's atmosphere.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjfQCTat-8s

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Facebook IconJuly 2, 2016 at 7:24 am

We hope to dodge some of the showers today, so solar viewing at the ROG is CONFIRMED ON from 11.30am. Details here:

http://flamsteed.info/event/solar-observing-at-the-royal-observatory-greenwich-25/

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Solar Observing at the Royal Observatory Greenwich – CONFIRMED ON

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THIS EVENT IS CONFIRMED ON We will be running a solar observing session at the Royal Observatory Greenwich on Saturday 2nd 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 […]

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June 30, 2016 at 6:46 pm

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#SaveTheDate! Rosetta is going to descend to the surface of its comet on 30 September to conclude its incredible mission.

Full story via Rosetta Mission: http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/Rosetta/Rosetta_finale_set_for_30_September

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June 30, 2016 at 3:09 pm

Pluto & Charon shared a post to Flamsteed Astronomy Society's Timeline.

Seen from #Nix, there can be little doubt that #Pluto and #Charon are in fact a binary planet.

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This is a digital simulation I generated with Celestia 1.6.1 and overlaid New Horizons shots for our book "Pluto & Charon", published this month. I have released its English translation today, and it can be ordered from here: https://www.amazon.com/Pluto-Charon-Horizons-spacecraft-farthest/dp/1534960740/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1467234365&sr=8-3&keywords=Pluto+Charon+Codex

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Seen from #Nix, there can be little doubt that #Pluto and #Charon are in fact a binary planet.

This is a digital simulation I generated with Celestia 1.6.1 and overlaid New Horizons shots for our book "Pluto & Charon", published this month. I have released its English translation today, and it can be ordered from here: https://www.amazon.com/Pluto-Charon-Horizons-spacecraft-farthest/dp/1534960740/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1467234365&sr=8-3&keywords=Pluto+Charon+Codex

* Contents: *

Preface by Dr Rainer Riemann, University of Heidelberg

1 Nine years of approach
1.1 At the garden door (6 Dec 2014 - 10 Mar 2015)
1.2 Course set - ignition! (10 March 2015)
1.3 Approach phase 2 (5 April 2015)
1.4 Approach phase 3 (24 June - 7 July)
1.5 The last week of flying time (7 to 13 July)

2 Tombaugh’s bowl of ice
2.1 A heart for Pluto
2.2 Skating on the Sputnik Planum
2.3 A young sea, a young moon
2.4 The extending atmosphere
2.5 Hydra lifting heads

3 Eighty years of misconceptions
3.1 From the Grand Tour to New Horizons: The long march to Pluto

4 Down on the surface
4.1 Basin and coasts of the Sputnik Planum
4.2 East of the Tombaugh Regio
4.3 A Washboard and other clefts
4.4 The distant regions on the mainland

5 What is Pluto made of ?
5.1 Pluto’s volatile ices
5.2 Water: The solid bedrock of Pluto
5.3 Play of colours
5.4 Light and dark

6 Sky and Weather
6.1 And now, the weather report
6.2 Poisonous gas in the Atmosphere
6.3 High fog expected
6.4 Weak or moderate winds
6.5 Who has dyed Charon?

7 Charon: the dichotomous moon
7.1 What is Charon made of
7.2 Dissimilar twins

8 Nix that photo: the minor moons

9 And on to PT1
9.1 A new target
9.2 19 January 2016: 10 years of flying time!
9.3 Will there be an Extended Mission?

Appendix: Technical Data
References

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Facebook IconJune 22, 2016 at 9:42 am

Falling back to the planet

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British astronaut Tim Peake describes his dramatic journey home to Earth from the International Space Station.

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June 20, 2016 at 4:14 pm

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Join the fun here on Sun 10th July for the Summer Sunday Extravaganza - A Family Festival of Fun!
With a packed line up of chilled out live music, summer fun, activities for all the family including child-focused arts & creative workshops, great food and drink.
Featuring The Icarus Club, Global Fusion Music and Arts, JazzNights, Ottie and the Bea, Pink Bus Project, Punk Me Up Ceramics Cafe, Tiptoes & Tappers, Emergency Exit Arts, The Rig, Bach to Baby, diddi dance, Colourstrings Early Years Music classes, South London, Kerry On Dancing, Yummy by Yamy, Theatretrain Greenwich, Greenwich Steiner School, Sparkx Dance, Flamsteed Astronomy Society, Peaceful Practice…plus lots more!
Proudly supporting local organisations.
Artisan Food & Craft Beer Festival, Ice Cream, Face Painting also available.
Free entrance.