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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.
“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 […]
On the 10th January 2018, a group of 23 Flamsteed members successfully negotiated the “get out of London” rush hour traffic to visit the Bayfordbury Observatory near Hertford, Hertfordshire. The Bayfordbury Observatory is the University of Hertfordshire’s teaching observatory for astronomy and astrophysics and is regarded as one of the finest astronomical teaching observatories in […]
It was a late Friday night many years ago that Andy Sawers stood in front of the National Portrait Gallery in London, awaiting the night bus to get home. He glanced around and saw a man standing in front of a telescope offering passers-by a view of the Galilean Moons for 50p. Andy took him […]
A few minutes before the Flamsteed’s first session with the Great Equatorial Telescope began, members were sat in the cafeteria guessing what our backup program might entail, for all we saw outside were clouds everywhere we looked. But then ROG’s astronomer, Brendan Owens, approached us with his usual beaming grin of optimism and told us […]
The exhibition called Observatory Life in the ‘astronomer’s apartments’ at the ROG has been under development for some time. It tells the stories of two of the Astronomers Royal and their families who lived and worked at the Observatory. The curator of the Royal Observatory, Dr Louise Devoy, generously agreed to show us round the […]
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT HAS BEEN MOVED TO THE WEATHER BACK-UP DATE, DUE TO POOR WEATHER ON SUNDAY 18 MARCH. Martin and Jane have very kindly offered to run a viewing session from their observatory on Tuesday 20th March. For the benefit of newer members, Martin’s observatory (a shed, but not as most of […]
Radio Astronomy was born in 1933 with Karl Jansky’s realisation that the mysterious noise he was detecting came from the direction of the centre of the Milky Way. The early development of the science was both hindered and helped by the events surrounding WW2, but the end of the war saw the UK and Australia […]
March 26th, Monday 8.00pm Flamsteed Pub Evening at the British Oak, 109 Old Dover Road, Blackheath SE3 8SU. All are welcome.
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 […]
Tim O’Brien is professor of Astrophysics at The University of Manchester and Associate Director of Jodrell Bank Observatory. Tim’s main research involves trying to understand novae, a particular type of exploding star.
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