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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

Blackheath Observing Evening - 1 August 2015

Our August observing event took place on Saturday August 1st under clear skies. This was a pleasant surprise, as the weather forecast had suggested a slight preference for holding the event on our backup date of Friday. After much dithering it was decided to proceed with Saturday as planned, which turned out to be excellent. […]

Telescope set up on Blackheath

Report by Rupert Smith Following a successful FAS Members Solar Observing event at the ROG, we setup on Blackheath in preparation for the conjunction of Venus and Jupiter. The event started before the scheduled 9pm while the skies were still quite bright (and clear – more on that later!). Right from the start we had […]

Solar Viewing on the Summer Solstice at the ROG

Report by Mike Meynell We had decided to go ahead with our involvement in the Summer Solstice Sun Day at the Royal Observatory Greenwich regardless of the weather conditions on the day. This was because there were still plenty of indoor activities for attendees to enjoy, not least a solar astrophotography workshop led by Rupert […]

Exterior of the University of London Observatory, Mill Hill

Report by Mike Meynell As the main Flamsteed season comes to an end, the month of June has traditionally become a time when we try to arrange trips to sites that are of interest to our members. We were in the fortunate position this year of being able to arrange a tour of the University […]

Professor Carolin Crawford talks about Mars

Professor Carolin Crawford gave the final lecture of the 2014/15 Flamsteed season on the subject of “The Red Planet”. Here are a few pictures from the event:

Solar Observing at the ROG

We will be running a solar observing session at the Royal Observatory Greenwich on Wednesday 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 by the Altazimuth Building at […]

Solar Observing at the ROG

We will be running a solar observing session at the Royal Observatory Greenwich on Saturday 15th 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 by the Altazimuth Building at […]

Solar Observing at the ROG

We will be running a solar observing session at the Royal Observatory Greenwich on Wednesday 26th 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 by the Altazimuth Building at […]

Dr Steve Fossey

Thermonuclear supernovae signal the sudden and explosive destruction of a white-dwarf star. They are key to calibrating the expansion and acceleration of the cosmos; yet they occur rarely amongst the galaxies of our immediate cosmic neighbourhood. Serendipitously, in January 2014 one such supernova, the closest in a generation, was discovered in the nearby galaxy Messier […]

Blackheath Stargazing

We will be holding a Blackheath observing session on Saturday 19th September from 8.30pm, where we hope to view the Summer Triangle, Saturn and the Moon. The location for this event will be Blackheath. If the weather forecast looks poor for the Saturday evening, we will bring forward the event to Friday 18th September. We […]

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A Proton Arc Over Lake Superior

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Blue Moon of 2015 Thrills Skywatchers with Lunar Beauty (Photos)

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The second full moon of July brought a stunning Blue Moon to skywatchers around the world on July 31, wowing them with a spectacular lunar sight. See their photos and reactions here.

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A report of our observing evening on Blackheath yesterday evening is now on our website.

http://flamsteed.info/2015/08/blackheath-observing-evening-saturday-1-august-2015/

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Blackheath Observing Evening – Saturday 1 August 2015

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Our August observing event took place on Saturday August 1st under clear skies. This was a pleasant surprise, as the weather forecast had suggested a slight preference for holding the event on our backup date of Friday. After much dithering it was decided to proceed with Saturday as planned, which t…

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Blackheath observing event starts at 9pm this evening (Saturday 1 August).

See http://flamsteed.info/event/blackheath-observing-saturday-1-august/ for location details.

Come along and see the Moon, Saturn, double stars, clusters and nebulae.

All are welcome.

Bring a telescope if you can, otherwise there should be plenty of scopes available for you to look through.

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Blackheath Observing – Saturday 1 August

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We are planning an observing session at our usual spot on Blackheath this Saturday from 9.00pm. At the moment the weather looks like it will be a little cloudy initially, then clearing. After darkness has fallen, there will be a number of objects to view. Early in the evening we will have the opport…

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A short note to confirm that both of our observing events planned for today (Saturday 1 August) are CONFIRMED ON. There is some cloud about, but there promises to be enough clear spells to make both events worthwhile.

Solar observing at the Royal Observatory Greenwich will take place from 11.30am to 4pm. We will be set up in our usual spot on the planetarium terrace, next to the Altazimuth Pavilion. Details of the event can be found here: http://flamsteed.info/event/solar-observing-at-the-royal-observatory-greenwich-20/ .

Blackheath observing will take place at our usual spot just north of Talbot Place at 9pm. Talbot Place is a right turn off Goffers Road as you head towards Shooters Hill Road or the first left after the Tea Hut. Talbot Place is a cul-de-sac where you will be able to park at the side of the observing area. Details of the event can be found here: http://flamsteed.info/event/blackheath-observing-saturday-1-august/ .

After darkness has fallen, there will be a number of objects to view. Early in the evening we will have the opportunity to view Saturn. As it becomes darker, the Summer Triangle comprising Vega, Deneb and Altair will be overhead. This area of the sky offers many objects to view such as the colourful double of Albireo; M57, the Ring Nebula; M27, The Dumbbell Nebula; and M13, The Hercules Cluster to name just a few. Later the almost full Moon will come into view to add additional interest.

Both events are open to all – members and non-members.

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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 1st 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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The ISS and a Colorful Moon

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Rosetta shows how comet interacts with the solar wind

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Tweet This blog post is based on the papers “Evolution of the ion environment of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko: Observations between 3.6 and 2.0 AU ” by H. Nilsson et al.; “Rosetta observations of solar wind interaction with the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko” by T.W. Broiles et al.; and “Solar W…

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Milky Way over Uluru

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The central regions of our Milky Way Galaxy rise above

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We are planning an observing session at our usual spot on Blackheath this Saturday from 9.00pm. At the moment the weather looks like it will be a little cloudy initially, then clearing.

After darkness has fallen, there will be a number of objects to view. Early in the evening we will have the opportunity to view Saturn. As it becomes darker the Summer Triangle comprising Vega, Deneb and Altair will be overhead. This area of the sky offers many objects to view such as the colourful double of Albireo; M57, the Ring Nebula; M27, The Dumbbell Nebula; and M13, The Hercules Cluster to name just a few. Later the almost full Moon will come into view to add additional interest.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible. Bring a scope if you can, if not just turn up for a look. There will be other scopes available.

Blackheath is quite exposed, but the evening promises to be pleasantly warm with little wind, so woolly hats may be left at home!

The plan is to meet on Blackheath, just north of Talbot Place at 9pm. Talbot Place is a right turn off Goffers Road as you head towards Shooters Hill Road or the first left after the Tea Hut. Talbot Place is a cul-de-sac, where free parking is available from 6.30pm.

A map of the site can be found on our website at http://flamsteed.info/event/blackheath-observing-saturday-1-august/

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Blackheath Observing – Saturday 1 August

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We are planning an observing session at our usual spot on Blackheath this Saturday from 9.00pm. At the moment the weather looks like it will be a little cloudy initially, then clearing. After darkness has fallen, there will be a number of objects to view. Early in the evening we will have the opport…

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Thank you for your kind fb messeges. Here is my program for August, 'The Godlee Observatory'.|https://vimeo.com/user19219213/thegodleeobservatory

Running time: 51 minutes
Acknowledgements;Dr Michael Powell (Chief Librarian at Chetham's Library)
Kevin Kilburn FRAS; Anthony Cross (Manchester Astronomical Society).
If you would like to own a copy of the Bevis Atlas on DVD please visit the website: http://www.manastro.co.uk/

The Bevis Atlas Celeste is equally fascinating, and the volume owned by Manchester Astronomical Society is in mint condition, it was a nice treat to see this wonderful book.

Enjoy the program
Best wishes: Richard Pearson

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1/08/2015 | The Godlee Observatory

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Running time: 51 minutes Acknowledgements; Dr Michael Powell (Chief Librarian at Chetham's Library) Kevin Kilburn FRAS; Anthony Cross (Manchester Astronomical…

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The Deep Lagoon

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Ridges of glowing interstellar gas and dark dust clouds

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Rainbows and Rays over Bryce Canyon

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Pluto: ten things we now know about the dwarf planet

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With the immediate excitement of the Pluto flyby behind us, here are the ten most important things we now know about this fascinating world

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Milky Way and Aurora over Antarctica

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The Sombrero Galaxy from Hubble

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Infrared Trifid

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More Amazing Images of Pluto - Ice Flows and an Aura of Haze

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Ultraviolet Rings of M31

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It is the object to the left of the big tree that's generating much recent excitement.

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Comet PanSTARRS and a Crescent Moon

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