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 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.
As the new organiser for our members-only event I was a little nervous of the weather not being kind to me, especially with the last couple of weeks of wind, rain and the astronomers nemesis; cloud, but as the day went on, my spirits were lifted by the clearing skies and the fair reports. As […]
Pictures by Sumitra Sri Bhashyam, Daniel Berrange and Michael Kaye. Video by Sumitra Sri Bhashyam Our regular monthly Blackheath Stargazing event had been scheduled for either Friday 8th or Saturday 9th November, depending on weather conditions. The huge amounts of rain that fell on Friday put paid to any hope of running an event on […]
The History Group was very fortunate to be offered a visit to the Museum’s LTE Store on October 25th. LTE is a secure storage site not normally open to the public. It holds most of the RMG’s collection of art, textiles, ceramics, and paper items including globes. Our visit was hosted by Store Manager, Sarah […]
As darkness fell on Friday the 18th October, Flamsteed members were joined by the Baker Street Irregular Astronomers and members of Romsey Astronomical Society at Blackheath for our monthly ‘Stargazing’ session. This month was particularly special as the BBC Sky At Night team were there to film part of the next programme. Wrapped up warmly, a large group […]
The Flamsteed were delighted to welcome back Dr Stuart Clark, a regular visitor to the society. Stuart has recently been awarded the 2013 European Astronomy Journalism Prize, which was richly deserved, his prize being a trip to Chile to see the telescopes in the Atacama Desert. We hope he has a fantastic trip. His articles […]
We are intending to run a Blackheath “Stargazing” session on Friday 6 December (with a weather back-up night of Saturday 7 December) from 8pm until around 11pm. As with all observing activities, we are dependent on weather conditions, and a go/no-go message will be sent at around 5.00pm on the day of the event. The plan is to […]
Greg Smye-Rumsby is no stranger to Flamsteed members, particularly those who have attended “Evenings with the Stars” events where his enthusiastic talks are always hugely entertaining. He is a planetarium presenter and also leads astronomy classes. In addition, he produces detailed star maps and astronomical artworks for ‘Astronomy Now’ magazine. Greg will be giving a […]
Martin and Jane have very kindly offered to run a viewing session from their observatory on Friday 13 December (no weather back-up). This session will focus on astrophotography. 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 permanently mounted 14-inch SCT and […]
December 16, Monday 8.00pm Flamsteed Pub Evening at the British Oak, 109 Old Dover Road, Blackheath. All are welcome.
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 […]
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 […]
"This is colour fringing, due..." on Hrh Funke Elizabeth Obisanya's link on Flamsteed Astronomy Society's wall.
Time-Lapse: The Earth from Orbit
Sai Ganesh Popuri posted a photo to Flamsteed Astronomy Society's timeline.
Comet ISON Post Mortem