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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:

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 […]

Hare & Billet Pub

September 21, Monday 8.00pm Flamsteed Pub Evening at the British Oak, 109 Old Dover Road, Blackheath SE3 8SU.  All are welcome.

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We have managed to arrange a visit to the Mullard Radio Astronomy Observatory of the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge. The radio observatory is situated on the Lord’s Bridges site a short distance from Cambridge, on the A603, about ½ mile outside the village of Barton (see location) and is the site of several historic […]

Blackheath Stargazing

We will be holding a Blackheath observing session on Saturday 10th October from 7.30pm, where we hope to view the Summer Triangle, Uranus and Saturn, along with some deep sky objects. The location for this event will be Blackheath. If the weather forecast looks poor for the Saturday evening, we will bring forward the event […]

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will participate in the grand opening of The Boeing Company’s Commercial Crew and Cargo Processing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Friday, Sept. 4. The event will air live on NASA Television beginning at 10 a.m. EDT. from NASA

Mission managers for NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive observatory have determined that its radar, one of the satellite’s two science instruments, can no longer return data. However, the mission continues to produce high-quality science measurements with its radiometer instrument. from NASA

Nine International Space Station crew members will discuss their mission with reporters from around the world during a joint crew news conference to air live on NASA Television at 10:10 a.m. EDT Tuesday, Sept. 8. from NASA

Media are invited to talk with the five top competitors from the first round of the Cube Quest Challenge during a teleconference at 2 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Sept. 9. from NASA

Three crew members representing Russia, Denmark and Kazakhstan have launched to the International Space Station to provide a new ride home for the station’s one-year crew and continue important research that advances NASA’s journey to Mars. from NASA

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The Flare and the Galaxy

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Is this person throwing a lightning bolt?

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Distant Neutrinos Detected Below Antarctic Ice

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From where do these neutrinos come?

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Pluto in Enhanced Color

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Pluto in Enhanced Color

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M31: The Andromeda Galaxy

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The Seagull Nebula

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A broad expanse of glowing gas and dust presents

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Puppis A Supernova Remnant

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Puppis A Supernova Remnant

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The Large Cloud of Magellan

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The 16th century Portuguese navigator

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Collinder 399: The Coat Hanger

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Is this coat hanger a star cluster or an asterism?

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Meteors and Milky Way over Mount Ranier

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Despite appearances, the sky is not falling.

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Dione, Rings, Shadows, Saturn

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What's happening in this strange juxtaposition of moon and planet?

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Giant Cluster Bends Breaks Images

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What are those strange blue objects?

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Little Planet Curiosity

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A curious robot almost completely straddles this rocky little planet.

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Sprites from Space

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Sprites from Space

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M27: Not a Comet

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While hunting for comets in the skies above 18th century France,

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Central Cygnus Skyscape

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In cosmic brush strokes

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Announcing Comet Catalina

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Will Comet Catalina become visible to the unaided eye?

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Hi. Here is a 52 minute special marking two amazing space missions. NASA's Messenger visiting

the planet Mercury, and ESA's Venus Express.

Acknowledgements: Titles 'Tom Pickett'
The valuable assistance of the European Space Agency.

The next new program is 'The Swan in the sky' and looks at Cygnus. It will be

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1/03/2015 | The Inner Planets Mercury & Venus

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A 52 minute special marking two amazing space missions. Acknowledgements: Titles 'Tom Pickett' Lunar 101-Moon Book Community The valuable assistance…

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Andromeda Rising over the Alps

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Have you ever seen the Andromeda galaxy?

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M1: The Crab Nebula from Hubble

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This is the mess that is left when a star explodes.

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Just joined up to get me going with my telescope, go to interesting lectures and get free admission to the Planetarium at Greenwich! Think this is going to be great....

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Perihelion Approaches

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Comet Dust over Enchanted Rock

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Moonless Meteors and the Milky Way

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Milky Way and Exploding Meteor

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A Blue Moon Halo over Antarctica

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