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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 over 370 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 28-inch Great Equatorial refractor, the largest of its kind in the UK, and seventh largest in the world.
We are members of The Federation of Astronomical Societies.
Report by Tej Dyal As a year long member, I had signed up for this arranged Flamsteed visit to Romney four times before, but sadly, each time it was cancelled due to bad weather. However, perservence is the name of the game in this challenging but rewarding new hobby and so on this fifth attempt, […]
The first Flamsteed History of Astronomy Group meeting of 2014 was an entertaining look at the origin of many of the constellations in the sky that we are familiar with, along with several constellations that have now been lost to the annals of astronomical history. The talk was presented by Tony Sizer. Tony is, of […]
Our first official Observing and Imaging Group session on the ROG’s 28-inch refractor managed to coincide with forecasts of clear skies. An unheard of combination! Not unsurprisingly, the clouds began to gather as our session was due to start, but not enough to prevent the scope being put to some use. Seven of us had attended with hopes of […]
Professor Sanjeev Gupta is one of the leading academics directing the Mars Curiosity mission, where his role is to analyse ancient sedimentary rocks on Mars and determine if the Red Planet could ever have been habitable for life. He is a geologist in the Department of Earth Science and Engineering at Imperial College, and has […]
by Chris Mann January is perhaps the best month to understand how all the constellations all fit together. Find a dark site and just go out and look. The Milky Way sweeps across the whole sky, overhead, from north-west to south-east and it’s a glorious sight. Almost all the major constellations seem to be embedded it, […]
The next Radio Astronomy Group meeting is planned for Saturday 15th March. As usual it will take place at the ROG in the Endeavour Room which is at the very top of The South Building adjacent to the Harrison Planetarium cone. If you would like to attend please contact us so that we can ensure we […]
Flamsteed viewing session with the 28-inch 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 […]
March 24, Monday 8.00pm Flamsteed Pub Evening at the Trafalgar Tavern, Park Row, Greenwich SE10 9NW. All are welcome.
Flamsteed History of Astronomy Group Meeting. Roy Hookway “Charles Messier – Le Furet des Cometes” This talk traces the life and career of Charles Messier from his 1730 birth in a rural Principality now in eastern France to his death in occupied Paris in 1817. It explores his inspiration to study astronomy and his contact […]
THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED Martin and Jane have very kindly offered to run a viewing session from their observatory on Wednesday 2 April (with a “weather back-up” night of Thursday 3 April). 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 bright nova was discovered on 14 August 2013, in the constellation of Delphinus, near its border with Vulpecula. The position is RA 20h 23m 30.73s, Dec +20 deg 46m 04.1s. A detailed star chart can be found here: http://media.skyandtelescope.com/documents/Nova_in_Delphinus_PSA64.pdf Martin Male reports that he saw the nova on the evening of 15 August, and it […]
by Mike Meynell Comet C/2011 L4 PANSTARRS should start to become visible in the Northern Hemisphere over the next few days. It’s closest approach to the Sun (perihelion) is on 10 March 2013 and it may be possible to spot the comet on the evening of 12 March. It is follows predictions, it should be […]
On the evening of Friday 15 February, asteroid 2012 DA14 made a close pass of Earth, at a distance of just 17,200 miles from the surface. This was the brightest ever “near-Earth object” (NEO) to be observed approaching Earth. Some news reports on the object can be found at the following links: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-21442863 http://www.nasa.gov/topics/solarsystem/features/asteroidflyby.html http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/space/9873233/Asteroid-2012-DA14-brushes-by-Earth-as-it-happened.html […]
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Blackheath Observing Evening – National Astronomy Week
Solar Observing at the Royal Observatory Greenwich – National Astronomy Week – CONFIRMED ON