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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

Louise Devoy

Looking around the galleries at the Royal Observatory Greenwich today, you’d be forgiven for not knowing about the work of the Magnetic and Meteorological departments in Greenwich. Understandably, the focus of the galleries is on the determination of time and the contribution of the Royal Observatory to positional astronomy in order to assist navigation. The […]

Moon with Earthshine above Blackheath

Our Blackheath observing session started early this month in order to catch the conjunction of Mars and Venus. Despite having to cancel on Friday we benefitted from mostly clear skies on Saturday. The conjunction did not disappoint and was clearly visible as was the distinctive orange colour of Mars. Above the two planets was the […]

Eddie Yeadon

We have come to expect Eddie’s talks to be well-researched, thorough, and challenging. This talk didn’t disappoint. As Eddie said in his introduction, this was not a talk about astronomy, it was about optics, and Eddie was on home ground – much of his professional career was in the field of optics. And 2015 has […]

The Royal Astronomical Society Library

Brian Blake kindly arranged for us to visit the impressive Royal Astronomical Society Library where we were met by librarian Sian Prosser. Sian gave us a short introductory talk about the RAS and its activities. The RAS was founded in 1820, partly in response to the tyrannical rule of Sir Joseph Banks over the Royal […]

Comet 2014/Q2 Lovejoy by Rupert Smith

Saturday the 10th was the date for our inaugural observing and imaging event under Chris Mann’s personal piece of Kent darkness and did not disappoint. The plan was to view, and hopefully capture, Comet 2014/Q2 Lovejoy. The Comet was ideally placed in the sky at just over 40 degrees altitude and due to cross the […]

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A Flamsteed Astronomy Society workshop on Solar System Imaging at Mycenae House, Blackheath. THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED Presented by Rupert Smith. Booking is required. The Solar System Imaging event will cover both planetary and solar imaging. What equipment to use and how to capture and process images. No previous experience of imaging is […]

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A special session to capture images of Jupiter from a dark sky location near Leeds Castle in Kent. Chris has very kindly offered us the chance to use his patio to run this imaging session. We have a limit of 6 spaces due to space limitations and Chris’s biscuit budget, so it will be first […]

Dr Hiranya Peiris

The observed properties of the primordial fluctuations in the cosmic microwave background (CMB) can provide constraints on physical theories in regimes otherwise inaccessible to experiment. Given the extreme conditions in the early Universe, the CMB is our best hope of uncovering fingerprints of the physics operating at very high energy scales, inaccessible to Earth-bound particle […]

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In this 90 minute workshop, we will explain how newcomers can get started in astronomy and explain the different types of telescope which are available, from basic reflectors and refractors to more advanced computer controlled telescopes. This workshop is open to all (members and non-members) and will be held at the Royal Observatory Greenwich. Places […]

Blackheath Stargazing

We will be holding a Blackheath observing session on Friday 13th March from 7pm, with a “weather back-up” night of Saturday 14th March. The location for this event will be Blackheath. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible. Bring a scope if you can, if not just turn up for a […]

NASA astronaut Steve Swanson, who returned in September 2014 from 169 days of living and working aboard the International Space Station, is visiting the Washington area today through Thursday, March 5, to discuss with students and local innovators research being done on the station. from NASA

Statement from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on Monday’s announcement by Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski of her plan to retire from Congress in 2016. from NASA

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has returned new images captured on approach to its historic orbit insertion at the dwarf planet Ceres. Dawn will be the first mission to successfully visit a dwarf planet when it enters orbit around Ceres on Friday, March 6. from NASA

NASA astronauts on the International Space Station will speak with students and faculty from the School for the Talented and Gifted (TAG Magnet) at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center in Dallas at 12:15 p.m. EST (11:15 a.m. CST) Thursday, March 5. from NASA

NASA Administrator Remembers Leonard Nimoy from NASA

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Lenticular Cloud, Moon, Mars, Venus

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Inside the Coma Cluster of Galaxies

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Almost every object in the above photograph is a galaxy.

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Moon Venus Mars Skyline

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, Feb. 27 – March 7 - Sky & Telescope

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Sky & Telescope's guide to tonight's sky, with sky views, charts, and selected astronomy sights for your unaided eyes, binoculars, or a telescope.

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Catching a Fireball in the Cold

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Sometimes, to catch fire you have to sit in the cold.

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Long Lovejoy and Little Dumbbell

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Buffeted by the solar wind, Comet Lovejoy's crooked

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A sad day.

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Leonard Nimoy, Spock on 'Star Trek,' Dies at 83

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Actor Leonard Nimoy, who played "Spock" on the original "Star Trek" TV show, died today (Feb. 27) at 83 years old.

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Best 3D View of Deep Universe Reveals Astonishing Details (Video)

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Astronomers have just released a brand-new, best-ever 3D view of the deep universe, and it's a doozy.

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Love and War by Moonlight

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Love and War by Moonlight

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The Rosette Nebula in Hydrogen and Oxygen

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The Rosette Nebula is not the only cosmic cloud of gas and dust to

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Unusual Plumes Above Mars

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The Milky Way Over the Arizona Toadstools

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Which is older -- the rocks you see on the ground or the light you see from the sky?

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The Dark River to Antares

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45 Days in the Sun

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From January 11 to February 25 2013, a pinhole

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Our observing session on Blackheath is CONFIRMED ON for this evening. Meet from 6pm.

This is an earlier start than normal as Mars, Venus and the Moon will all be in view together at about 17° above the horizon in the West and should be visible to us for a good hour.

As we move further into the night we will be joined by the popular sights around Orion and now high in the sky, Jupiter when the Galilean moons will all be visible toward the end of the night.

So we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible. Bring a scope if you can, if not just turn up for a look. There will be other scopes available.

Blackheath is quite exposed, so please remember to wrap up warm.

The plan is to meet on Blackheath, just north of Talbot Place at 6.00pm. Talbot Place is a right turn off Goffers Road as you head towards Shooters Hill Road or the first left after the Tea Hut. Talbot Place is a cul-de-sac, where free parking is available from 6.30pm. PLEASE NOTE: Parking will be chargeable from 6.00 to 6.30pm and you cannot park next to the heath as we normally do until the restriction ends. Remember to bring change or download the 'Ringo' parking app to your phone. A map of the site can be found on the Flamsteed website - http://flamsteed.info/observing/stargazing-events/blackheath-stargazing/ .

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Blackheath Stargazing

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For details of our scheduled Blackheath Stargazing events, please click here. Further unscheduled events may take place throughout the year if there are particular astronomical events to view, or based on demand. Location details are shown below.

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February 21, 2015 at 11:53 am

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International Space Station

"#Speechless watching this #aurora! Looks like green swirling clouds in this time-lapse" #AstroTerry

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An Evening Sky Conjunction

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Please note that our Blackheath observing session scheduled for this evening (Friday) has been CANCELLED and moved to Saturday evening from 6pm.

See http://flamsteed.info/event/blackheath-observing-event-friday-20-february/ for details.

This is an earlier start than normal as Mars, Venus and the Moon will all be in view together at about 17° above the horizon in the West and should be visible to us for a good hour. Mars will be occulted by Venus officially on Saturday when the Moon will be higher in the sky.

As we move further into the night we will be joined by the popular sights around Orion and now high in the sky, Jupiter when the Galilean moons will all be visible toward the end of the night.

So we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible. Bring a scope if you can, if not just turn up for a look. There will be other scopes available.

Blackheath is quite exposed, so please remember to wrap up warm.

The plan is to meet on Blackheath, just north of Talbot Place at 6.00pm. Talbot Place is a right turn off Goffers Road as you head towards Shooters Hill Road or the first left after the Tea Hut. Talbot Place is a cul-de-sac, where free parking is available from 6.30pm. PLEASE NOTE: Parking will be chargeable from 6.00 to 6.30pm and you cannot park next to the heath as we normally do until the restriction ends. Remember to bring change or download the ‘Ringo’ parking app to your phone.

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We will be holding an observing event at our usual location on Blackheath on Friday 20th February from around 6pm, with a “weather back-up” night of Saturday 21st February. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible. Bring a scope if you can, if not just turn up for a look. There […]

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Our next pub social evening will be on Monday 23 February at the British Oak, Blackheath, starting at around 8pm.

You don't have to be a society member to attend. 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 outside the pub serviced by the '386' route. See http://flamsteed.info/event/flamsteed-pub-evening-28/ for a map.

The British Oak have now started serving pies until 9.30pm, so if you want to eat in the pub, you can now do so.

Hope to see you there!

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Flamsteed Pub Evening

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February 23, Monday 8.00pm Flamsteed Pub Evening at the British Oak, 109 Old Dover Road, Blackheath SE3 8SU. All are welcome.

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Dark Craters and Bright Spots Revealed on Asteroid Ceres

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What are those bright spots on asteroid Ceres?

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February 18, 2015 at 11:01 pm

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Some of the last images of ESA's ATV-5 spacecraft seen from Earth before its mission was over. See them all on the ATV blog: http://blogs.esa.int/atv/2015/02/17/last-goodbyes-atv-5-seen-from-earth-a-tribute-gallery/

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Aurora Borealis: What Causes the Northern Lights & Where to See Them

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Learn about the science behind the northern and southern lights.

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Galaxy Merger Caught in Stunning Hubble Telescope Photo, Video

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A spiral galaxy known as NGC 7714 drifted too close to a smaller, neighboring galaxy called NGC 7715. The merger bent both galaxies out of shape.

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We will be at the SMASHfestUK festival in the Albany Theatre, Deptford, this evening (Wednesday 18 February) from 6pm - running a stargazing session in the Albany Theatre garden until 9pm.

Directions on how to get to the Albany Theatre can be found here: http://www.thealbany.org.uk/visit/12/Your-Visit

Please come along and support this new festival.

The weather forecast suggests that we should have some clear skies this evening - but we will go ahead with the event regardless of the weather! Even if it's cloudy, there will be plenty of experts on hand to answer your questions about the night sky, or to give telescope advice.

Hope to see you there!

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By TrainThe nearest stations to the Albany are New Cross and Deptford. From New Cross station turn left on to Amersham Vale then take the first right at Waldron Health Centre on to Douglas Way. Walk through Margaret Macmillan Park, cross Watson's Street and the Albany is situated on the left. From D…