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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.
For the third time in a row, our Flamsteed observation sessions on the Great Equatorial Telescope were blessed with clear skies and, once again, one of our ROG Astronomers maximised the opportunity to making it a night to remember for our Flamsteed members. This time around, it was ROG’s own ‘rock star’ astronomer, Tom Kerss whom […]
A workshop meeting of the Radio Astronomy special interest group took place at Mycenae House on the 7th December 2016. Owing to the usual pre-Christmas commitments, a number of the regular attendees were absent, but this didn’t prevent some useful discussions taking place. The workshop started with a discussion on the data collected by the […]
As you may know, we are at the mercy of the clouds when we desire a peep into the universe from the Great Equatorial Telescope. Sometimes, the weather just doesn’t play ball and, when that happens, ROG’s astronomers will still delight us with a variety of backup astronomy related programs to compensate. However, on this […]
An excellent session started off rather dubiously as a not so familiar obstacle threatened our stargazing night. It wasn’t the clouds this time but a funfair, just several yards away from us! Admittedly, a rush of childhood nostalgia swept over me and I was tempted to go in, head for the bumper cars and demonstrate […]
Astrobiology, said Professor Lewis Dartnell, is “the science of hunting for aliens”! That may conjure up images of Martian death rays, wielded by tripods come to invade the earth. But if our next door neighbour planet ever did have an environment that was suitable for the origin of microbial life on the surface, the environment […]
Flamsteed viewing session with the 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 […]
Humans have been devising methods of timekeeping for about 10 000 years, these calendars are intrinsically linked to the motions of the Earth, Moon and Sun. In this talk we explore how people around the world kept track of time and how we eventually arrived at the calendar that we all use today, along with […]
A Flamsteed Astronomy Society workshop on Deep Sky Imaging at Mycenae House, Blackheath. Presented by Rupert Smith. Booking is required. March 16th will see us offer our first Deep Sky Imaging class. The class will be in two parts, the first part will cover the equipment needed for long exposure deep sky imaging and its […]
We will be running a Blackheath Observing session on Friday 17 March (or Saturday 18 March, if the weather is poor on Friday evening) from 7.30pm until around 11pm. We look forward to seeing you there. Please bring a telescope if you can, the more the merrier! If not there should be at least three […]
March 20th, Monday 8.00pm Flamsteed Pub Evening at the British Oak, 109 Old Dover Road, Blackheath SE3 8SU. All are welcome.
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Blackheath observing has been CANCELLED for this evening, due to poor weather. Our next scheduled Blackheath event will be 17 or 18 March. http://flamsteed.info/event/blackheath-observing-friday-17-march-or-saturday-18-march/
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Fantastic evening at the Great Equatorial Telescope. A 40 minute illustrates lecture in the planetarium on the current night sky followed by another lecture with the telescope about the potential for future observing at Greenwich with an opportunity to review the astrophotography winners in between. Fabulous thank you. Hardly noticed that it was a cloudy night!
Blackheath Observing session is CONFIRMED ON for tonight (Friday 17 February). Meet from 7.30pm. See http://flamsteed.info/event/blackheath-observing-friday-17-february-or-saturday-18-february/ for a map.
At the start of our session Uranus, Mars and Venus should still be visible in the SSW portion of the Sky (note, we will be running an extra even next weekend with an early start to allow us to view these planets as they will be very close in the sky). By 8.00pm, the Constellation of Orion will be at its highest offering views of M42 and and the jewel like double of Sigma Orionis that is placed between the Orion and Horsehead Nebula. As we move on through the night the easy sight for us on Blackheath is the pretty Beehive Cluster, M44 an open cluster containing a mixture of gold and blue stars which will be in the SE and climbing. A similar sight in the SW is the Hyades, Caldwell 41, a distinctive V shape mix of colourful stars dominated by Aldebaran which marks the eye of the Bull in the Constellation Taurus. These are just a few of the sights available to us from Blackheath and well worth viewing.
Blackheath is quite exposed so please wrap up warm.
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Blackheath observing has been CANCELLED this month due to poor weather conditions. Our next event is scheduled for 17/18 February.
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Please note that our Blackheath Observing session, scheduled for this evening (Saturday 17 December 2016) has been CANCELLED due to poor weather.
Those are some funky hexagon-shaped jet streams!
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Our Blackheath Observing event is CONFIRMED ON for tonight (Friday 18 November).
Meet from 7.30pm, at our usual location, north of Talbot Place on Blackheath.
All are welcome to attend. Please make sure you wrap up warm... it will be very cold this evening!
See http://flamsteed.info/event/blackheath-observing-friday-18-november-or-saturday-19-november/ for location details and a list of our proposed targets.
Our next scheduled observing event is proposed to take place Friday of this week, depending on the weather. Currently the forecast looks better for Friday so we will schedule this as the likely date for the observing session.
PLEASE NOTE: The event starts at the earlier time of 7.30pm now we have darker skies.
As we get nearer the end of the year, more objects are becoming visible to us. During the early part of the evening the Summer Triangle comprising the bright stars of Vega, Deneb and Altair will still be in view. Amidst these three stars in the centre we will be able to see the colourful double star Albireo. To the right of this between the stars Sulafat and Sheliak is M57 the famous Ring Nebula. Heading up above Vega we can see the binary system known as the 'Double-Double' or more technically Epsilon 1 Lyrae and Epsilon 2 Lyrae. Moving left of this system between Deneb and Vega we can see Delta Cygni, a triple star system consisting of green-blue and yellow-white stars although you will only be able to see the extremely close binary pair.
Early on in the evening Mars will just be visible in the south but probably hidden by the trees. Stretching across the horizon from East to West will be Uranus and Neptune which will be followed by the M45, The Pleiades. On the Western horizon will be M13, The Hercules Cluster. To view this it is best to target it early before the lights of the city begin to drown it out.
From about 9.30pm we should be able to start observing the objects around the constellation Orion. The most visible of these will be the bright Nebula M42 and the double star Sigma Orionis. In addition to M42, many imaging targets exist around Orion, notably NGC 1909 the Witch Head Nebula to its right, the well known IC 434 Horsehead Nebula above and the dominantly H-Alpha NGC 2244 Rosette Nebula to the left.
The Moon will begin to appear during our observing session but should not brighten the sky too much until around 10pm in the evening at which time it will be another object to look at. As it will be 75% illuminated many features should be visible along the terminator.
Some students from the University of the Arts London are filming a short documentary about the Flamsteed and they will be on site at Blackheath. The film crew will not be using lights, just a hand held camera. They will be as unobtrusive as possible. If there is any reason why anyone attending does not wish to appear in the background of any shots, please speak to one of the Flamsteed Committee members on site.
We look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible. Please bring a telescope if you can. If not there should be at least three scopes available to take you on a tour of the sky.
As normal a go / no go announcement will be made at the earlier time of 4pm on Friday.
Blackheath is quite exposed and the forecast suggests a temperature range of only 2-4 degrees so wrap up warm!
We will meet at our usual spot just north of Talbot Place at 7.30pm. Talbot Place is the first left off Goffers Road after the Tea Hut. Parking is free after 6.30pm. A map of the site can be found here: http://flamsteed.info/event/blackheath-observing-friday-18-november-or-saturday-19-november/ .
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Excellent evening of observing on Blackheath tonight. Good attendance, good company and some lovely sights to see in the sky. Thanks to all who came along.
Blackheath Observing session is CONFIRMED ON for tonight (Saturday 22 October). Meet from 7.30pm at our usual location on Blackheath.
See http://flamsteed.info/event/blackheath-observing-friday-21-october-or-saturday-22-october/ for details.
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