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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 400 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.
“I have no idea what time is and I am not going to attempt an explanation.” This was the opening line for Eddie Yeadon’s talk for the fourth session of the History of Astronomy talks this season. Eddie has a PhD in physics from Manchester University and has had a long career largely focused on […]
Who actually invented the refracting telescope? This was the opening question which was put to the audience in our second session for the History of Astronomy group this season. The presenter was Tony Sizer, a former teacher of Chemistry, Science and Astronomy at Warwick School and Chigwell School and is currently one of the astronomers […]
In our first talk for this season, we were taken back to the Royal Observatory during the period 1890 to 1895 to explore the work of five women who were employed as ‘Lady Computers’. Isabella Clemes, Alice Everett, Harriet Furniss, Edith Rix and Annie Russell all have very intriguing history relating to their work at […]
Astronomical Events for 2019 by Malcolm Porter Sources– Extracts from the BAA 2018 Handbook, The BAA 2019 Handbook, Astronomy Now 2019 Yearbook, and Philip’s Stargazing 2019 Month by Month Guide. This list has been built around the idea of the Astro Highlights being largely visible to the naked eye, through binoculars or through a small […]
On 8th November Martin and Jane made welcome a small group of star-starved Londoners and gave us a dazzling guided tour of the star-spangled sky over Romney Marsh. Martin trained his Meade 14” SCT (Schmitt Cassegrain Telescope) on a fascinating variety of deep sky objects and planets. With such a powerful telescope we were able […]
We will be running a solar observing session at the Royal Observatory Greenwich on Thursday 23rd May from around 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 […]
We will be running an evening solar observing session for Flamsteed Members only at the Royal Observatory Greenwich on Tuesday 28th May from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. We will be setting up in the Meridian Courtyard. Members should book for this event in advance and meet by the General Wolfe statue in Greenwich Park at 6.30pm […]
We will be running a solar observing session at the Royal Observatory Greenwich on Saturday 1st June from around 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 […]
We will be running a solar observing session at the Royal Observatory Greenwich on Saturday 8th June from around 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 […]
Anu Ojha has been an Executive Director of the National Space Centre since 2008 and is Director of the UK’s National Space Academy programme. He co-led the development for Government of the National Higher Apprenticeship programme for the Space Sector and has contributed to a number of National and International policy studies including ESA/EU strategies […]
Although it will be years before the first humans set foot on Mars, NASA is giving the public an opportunity to send their names — etched on microchips — to the Red Planet with NASA’s Mars 2020 rover, which represents the initial leg of humanity’s first round trip to another planet. from NASA
Students in Texas will have an opportunity next week to speak with a NASA astronaut aboard the International Space Station. from NASA
NASA has selected 11 companies to conduct studies and produce prototypes of human landers for its Artemis lunar exploration program. from NASA
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine will deliver remarks and speak to media Thursday, May 23, at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne. from NASA
NASA is entering the final stage of testing its Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management (UTM) platform and invites media to learn more and watch drone demonstrations Tuesday, May 21, in Reno, Nevada. from NASA