To join the Flamsteed Astronomy Society, click on this link.
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.
On 8th November Martin and Jane made welcome a small group of star-starved Londoners and gave us a dazzling guided tour of the star-spangled sky over Romney Marsh. Martin trained his Meade 14” SCT (Schmitt Cassegrain Telescope) on a fascinating variety of deep sky objects and planets. With such a powerful telescope we were able […]
On Saturday 12th May, a group of 20 Flamsteed members ventured out to the University of Cambridge’s Mullard Radio Astronomy Observatory. Located at Lord’s Bridge near the small village of Barton in Cambridgeshire, the site was once a railway station on the Varsity Line that ran between Oxford and Cambridge. That, in fact, is where […]
Science is deeply rooted within society and culture and while, at the Flamsteed, we are incredibly privileged to have access to talks from professionals in the field of astronomy, there is tremendous value in hearing the voice of people who have not dedicated their working careers to the subject. There is a great breadth of […]
“We live in very exciting times for Astronomy but what we know now was built on the discoveries of the seekers of knowledge of the past who pushed the boundaries of what was known in their time”. This was how Mona Evans opened her presentation for the evening as she began her talk about the […]
“Where else to start but at the Royal Observatory Greenwich.” This was quite an appropriate introduction to Malcolm’s talk at the 2nd meeting of the History of Astronomy group for this season. Malcolm has been a member of the Flamsteed Astronomy Society for over 10 years and served as Chairman for four (4) years. He […]
November 19th, Monday 7.30pm Flamsteed Social Meeting at the British Oak, 109 Old Dover Road, Blackheath SE3 8SU. All are welcome. The British Oak is located in the ‘Old Dover Road’, close to the Blackheath Standard shops, with bus stops for the following buses: 53, 54, 202, 108, 380 & 422. There is a bus stop […]
This workshop is intended as a basic introduction to astrophotography, using DSLRs or compact system cameras. We will introduce the sort of equipment that you might need for basic astrophotography, camera settings for taking the best astro images and the types of image that you can take. We will also explain how to hook up […]
Barnard’s Loop in Orion A Flamsteed Astronomy Society workshop on Deep Sky Imaging at Mycenae House, Blackheath. Presented by Rupert Smith. Booking is required. Mycenae House is located in Mycenae Road just off Westcombe Park Road in Blackheath, SE3. It is close to the Blackheath Standard shops and buses. There is a café selling hot […]
We will be running a Blackheath Observing session on Friday 30th November (main night) or Saturday 1st December (weather back-up night, if conditions on Friday are poor) from 7.30pm until around 11pm. As with all observing events, we will only go ahead if weather conditions allow, and a “go/no-go” decision will be made on the […]
Martin and Jane have very kindly offered to run a viewing session from their observatory on Friday 7th December (with a weather back-up date of Sunday 9th December). 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 […]
Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus spacecraft is on its way to the International Space Station with about 7,400 pounds of cargo after launching at 4:01 a.m. EST Saturday from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. from NASA
NASA and the Departments of State and Commerce have submitted a report to the National Space Council outlining future opportunities and challenges for human spaceflight in low-Earth orbit (LEO), and its potential economic contributions to the broader field of exploration. from NASA
NASA will host a media teleconference at noon EST Monday, Nov. 19, to provide details about the Mars 2020 rover’s landing site on the Red Planet. from NASA
NASA has received an unmodified audit opinion on its Fiscal Year 2018 financial statements, marking the eight consecutive “clean” opinion from an external auditor – the highest opinion that may be received. from NASA
An international team of researchers, including a NASA glaciologist, has discovered a large meteorite impact crater hiding beneath more than a half-mile of ice in northwest Greenland. from NASA