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February 22 @ 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

Rory McEvoy

Our first History of Astronomy group meeting of the Flamsteed season proved to be a great success. We had about 35 Flamsteed members in attendance to hear Rory McEvoy, the Curator of Horology at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, giving a talk entitled “Just a Second..”. In his talk, Rory looked at the development of our […]

Curator Alison Boyle, Keeper of Science Collections at the Science Museum

The Science Museum’s Cosmos & Culture was a ‘temporary’ exhibition opened in 2009 with the International Year of Astronomy to commemorate 400 years of telescopic astronomy. It has proved so popular that it’s still running in 2016 although scheduled to close before the end of the year. Curator Alison Boyle, who is Keeper of Science […]

Professor Frank Close

Bruno Pontecorvo was the father of neutrino astronomy and a brilliant nuclear physicist who disappeared through the Iron Curtain at the height of the Cold War. He was first with an idea on how to find the ghostly neutrino, he proposed experiments that led to discovery of solar neutrinos, he realised that there is more […]

Professor Alan Fitzsimmons

The impact of a small asteroid in Russia in 2013 reminded everyone of the potential dangers from space. Producing a fireball brighter than the Sun, over a thousand people were injured by the resulting shockwave. Larger asteroids can be much more deadly. In this talk, Professor Alan Fitzsimmons addressed what we know – and what […]

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At our Christmas lecture, on Monday 14 December 2015, the Flamsteed celebrated its “sweet-16th” birthday. We had over a hundred Flamsteed members in attendance, who were also treated to a superb lecture by Professor Alan Fitzsimmons. To mark the occasion, Christina arranged for lots of little sweet bags for our members to take away, as […]

Blackheath Stargazing

We will be holding a Blackheath observing session on Saturday 13th February from 7.30pm. The location for this event will be Blackheath. Please note that we may bring the event forward by 24 hours to Friday 12th February if the weather forecast looks more favourable for the Friday evening. We look forward to seeing as […]

Dr Francisco Diego

From its very simple and still mysterious origin, in this lecture we see how the Universe has been developing the complexity and diversity around us today. We follow the cosmic timeline and explore a metaphorical cosmic forest where vast numbers of trees of diversity accidentally grow and vanish. We face the relevant insignificance of the […]

Hare & Billet Pub

February 22, 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 viewing session with the Great Equatorial Telescope at the Royal Observatory Greenwich. Bookings are restricted to members only. Depending on numbers, we may be able to accommodate guests but we won’t know until much nearer the date. These Flamsteed sessions are free to members but places are limited and advance booking is essential. If […]

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Flamsteed viewing session with the Great Equatorial Telescope at the Royal Observatory Greenwich. Bookings are restricted to members only. Depending on numbers, we may be able to accommodate guests but we won’t know until much nearer the date. These Flamsteed sessions are free to members but places are limited and advance booking is essential. If […]

New measurements from a NASA satellite have allowed researchers to identify and quantify, for the first time, how climate-driven increases of liquid water storage on land have affected the rate of sea level rise. from NASA

The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on the passing of NASA astronaut Edgar Mitchell: from NASA

The 18th and final primary mirror segment is installed on what will be the biggest and most powerful space telescope ever launched. The final mirror installation Wednesday at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland marks an important milestone in the assembly of the agency’s James Webb Space Telescope. from NASA

NASA centers across the country are opening their doors Tuesday, Feb. 9 to media and social media for “State of NASA” events, including a speech from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, and unique opportunities for a behind-the-scenes look at the agency’s progress on its journey to Mars. These events follow President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget […]

Students from five elementary schools and five middle schools in Colorado will have the opportunity to speak with a NASA astronaut living and working on the International Space Station at 12:35 p.m. EST on Thursday, Feb. 4. The 20-minute, Earth-to-space call will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website. from NASA

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LIGO Detects Gravitational Waves from Merging Black Holes

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Gravitational radiation has been directly detected.

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Gravitational Waves Science Update: Complete Coverage

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Read all about the mysterious spacetime ripples known as gravitational waves, and what their discovery would mean for astronomy.

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Gravitational waves detected for first time

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1.3 billion years ago, two black holes collided with each other creating gravitational waves. Today this incredible discovery of the waves was announced. Find out more on our blog.

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Gravitational waves: Einstein was right

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A century after Albert Einstein explained his General Theory of Relativity, scientists are expected to announce that they have found gravitational waves - ripples created by the collisions of black holes

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Galaxies in the River

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Large galaxies grow by eating small ones.

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Some images from Rory McEvoy's talk to the Flamsteed Astronomy Society History of Astronomy group meeting at the Royal Observatory Greenwich last night.

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Rory McEvoy - History of Astronomy Group Meeting - 9 February 2016

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Photos from the Flamsteed History of Astronomy Group meeting on Tuesday 9 February 2016, with Rory McEvoy (ROG’s Curator of Horology) talking about the development of our concepts and technology of time measurement, and the connections between time measurement and astronomy.

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The Rise and Fall of Supernova 2015F

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Sit back and watch a star explode.

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Light Pillars over Alaska

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What's happening behind those houses?

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Advanced LIGO: Gravitational Wave Detectors Upgraded

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Five Planets at Castell de Burriac

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Five Planets at Castell de Burriac

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Massive Stars in NGC 6357

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Massive Stars in NGC 6357

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Dwarf Planet Ceres

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Dwarf Planet Ceres

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Galaxy Wars: M81 versus M82

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In the lower left corner, surrounded by blue spiral arms, is spiral galaxy

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Comet 67P from Spacecraft Rosetta

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Spacecraft Rosetta continues to circle and map Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

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Find the Man in the Moon

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Have you ever seen the Man on the Moon?

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Cute!

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MWC 922: The Red Square Nebula

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What could cause a nebula to appear square?

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A Five Planet Dawn

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As January closes and in the coming days of February,

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Hidden Galaxy IC 342

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January 29, 2016 at 4:33 pm

Hello all, we are looking for London-based astronomers to appear in a McDonalds advert. PAID £500 - £1000 for successful candidates. No acting experience necessary. Please get in touch if you are interested!

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Elliptical M60, Spiral NGC 4647

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Giant elliptical galaxy M60 and spiral galaxy NGC 4647 do look like

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An Airglow Fan from Lake to Sky

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Why would the sky look like a giant fan?

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WHOAH! :-) #Incredible details in this Rosetta Mission OSIRIS narrow-angle image taken on 23 January from a distance of 75 km! It shows the small comet lobe in the background (featuring the Anuket region) and the large lobe in the foreground (including Anubis, Atum and Khonsu). See http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2016/01/Comet_on_23_January_2016_OSIRIS_narrow-angle_camera

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A Candidate for the Biggest Boom Yet Seen

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It is a candidate for the brightest and most powerful explosion ever seen --

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Where Your Elements Came From

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The hydrogen in your body, present in every molecule of water, came from the