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Blackheath Observing – Saturday 11 July

July 11 @ 9:30 pm - 11:30 pm

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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

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Report by Rupert Smith Following a successful FAS Members Solar Observing event at the ROG, we setup on Blackheath in preparation for the conjunction of Venus and Jupiter. The event started before the scheduled 9pm while the skies were still quite bright (and clear – more on that later!). Right from the start we had […]

Solar Viewing on the Summer Solstice at the ROG

Report by Mike Meynell We had decided to go ahead with our involvement in the Summer Solstice Sun Day at the Royal Observatory Greenwich regardless of the weather conditions on the day. This was because there were still plenty of indoor activities for attendees to enjoy, not least a solar astrophotography workshop led by Rupert […]

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Report by Mike Meynell As the main Flamsteed season comes to an end, the month of June has traditionally become a time when we try to arrange trips to sites that are of interest to our members. We were in the fortunate position this year of being able to arrange a tour of the University […]

Graham Dolan

Graham was formerly Senior Education Officer at the ROG. Since his retirement he has devoted a great deal of time to researching the history of the Observatory and developing his excellent Royal Observatory and Greenwich Meridian websites. He has organised and posted a large amount of little-known material about the people at the ROG and […]

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After a gap of 4 years, it was a pleasure to welcome Professor Richard Crowther of the UK Space Agency back to the Flamsteed to give us an update on space debris and other issues surrounding the security of satellites in Earth’s orbit. Richard began his talk by explaining that space is becoming congested, contested […]

Blackheath Stargazing

We will be holding a Blackheath observing session on Saturday 11th July from 9.30pm, where we hope to view the Jupiter, Venus and Saturn. The location for this event will be Blackheath. If the weather forecast looks poor for the Saturday evening, we will bring forward the event to Friday 10th July. We look forward […]

Solar Viewing

We will be running an evening solar observing session for Flamsteed Members Only at the Royal Observatory Greenwich on Tuesday 14th July from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. We will be setting up in the Meridian Courtyard. Members should book for this event in advance (by following the booking links below) and meet by the General Wolfe statue in Greenwich Park […]

Solar Observing at the ROG

We will be running a solar observing session at the Royal Observatory Greenwich on Wednesday 15th July from 11.30am to around 4pm. This session is open to all and is free of charge. There is no need to book, just turn up. We will be setting up at our usual location by the Altazimuth Building at […]

Solar Observing at the ROG

We will be running a solar observing session at the Royal Observatory Greenwich on Saturday 18th July from 11.30am to around 4pm. This session is open to all and is free of charge. There is no need to book, just turn up. We will be setting up at our usual location by the Altazimuth Building at […]

Solar Viewing

We will be running an evening solar observing session for Flamsteed Members Only at the Royal Observatory Greenwich on Tuesday 28th July from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. We will be setting up in the Meridian Courtyard. Members should book for this event in advance (by following the booking links below) and meet by the General Wolfe statue in Greenwich Park […]

A new book from NASA is showing how research aboard the International Space Station helps improve lives on Earth while advancing NASA’s ambitious human exploration goals. from NASA

A new book from NASA is showing how research aboard the International Space Station helps improve lives on Earth while advancing NASA’s ambitious human exploration goals. from NASA

NASA has selected seven technology proposals for continued study under Phase II of the agency’s Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program. The selections are based on the potential to transform future aerospace missions, introduce new capabilities or significantly improve current approaches to building and operating aerospace systems. from NASA

NASA will host a media teleconference at 3 p.m. EDT today to discuss the New Horizons spacecraft returning to normal science operations after a July 4 anomaly. The mission remains on track to conduct the entire close flyby sequence as planned, including the July 14 flyby of Pluto. from NASA

NASA will host a media event Saturday, July 11 showcasing Plains Elevated Convection at Night (PECAN), a new multi-agency airborne research campaign currently studying summer storm systems in the U.S. Great Plains. from NASA

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Our monthly social evening is TONIGHT, at the British Oak, Blackheath, from 8pm onwards.

All are welcome to attend.

Many familiar faces will be there and if you are new, just come in and look for us. You don’t have to be a drinker to attend one of these meetings, we endeavour to discuss astronomy, but many other subjects get an airing.

See http://flamsteed.info/event/flamsteed-pub-evening-33/ for a map.

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July 6, Monday 8.00pm Flamsteed Pub Evening at the British Oak, 109 Old Dover Road, Blackheath SE3 8SU. All are welcome.

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Our solar viewing event at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich will be GOING AHEAD as planned, TODAY (Saturday 4 July) from 11.30am.

All are welcome to attend, and it's FREE.

See http://flamsteed.info/event/solar-observing-at-the-royal-observatory-greenwich-16/ for details.

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Solar Observing at the Royal Observatory Greenwich – CONFIRMED ON

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THIS EVENT IS CONFIRMED ON We will be running a solar observing session at the Royal Observatory Greenwich on Saturday 4th July from 11.30am to around 4pm. This session is open to all and is free of charge. There is no need to book, just turn up. We will be setting up at our usual location […]

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The latest New Horizons' data pouring into NASA servers on Earth has returned color and black & white images of Pluto and Charon and more. The strange dark spots, seen in the approximate true color view, are oddly very similar.

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Jupiter / Venus conjunction from last night on Blackheath.

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See Venus and Jupiter Dance Together Tonight

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The two brightest planets in our sky — Venus and Jupiter — have been getting progressively closer to each other throughout June. Tonight (June 30), they will be a scant 20 arc minutes (0.33 degrees) apart.

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Anyone interested in Mars inspired artwork by We Colonised The Moon? Or a trip to the Mullard Space Science Laboratory to have a tour with Dr Lucie Green (Royal Society University/The Sky At Night)? Or a pair of tickets to have an evening with Dr Marek Kukula (Royal Observatory’s Public Astronomer), handling meteorites that are 4.5 million years old…

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The weather forecast is looking good, so we will be GOING AHEAD with our observing session on Blackheath TONIGHT (Tuesday 30th June) to view the conjunction of Jupiter and Venus.

Meet from 9pm.

There will be plenty of other objects to look at in the sky, including Saturn and a 98% illuminated Moon... however, it will be Jupiter and Venus that will be the main viewing objects, as they are less than half-a-degree apart.

The plan is to meet on Blackheath, just north of Talbot Place at 9.00pm. 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 you will be able to park at the side of the observing area.

Details of the event, along with a map, can be found here: http://flamsteed.info/event/blackheath-observing-tuesday-30-june/

It should be a beautifully warm evening, so pop along and say hello. There will be plenty of telescopes for you to look through, but please feel free to bring your own equipment.

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Blackheath Observing – Tuesday 30 June – CONFIRMED ON

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THIS EVENT IS CONFIRMED ON We are planning an observing session at our usual spot on Blackheath on Tuesday 30th June from 9.00pm. This event will primarily be to view the close conjunction of Venus and Jupiter as they begin to set in the South West. They will then only be one third of a […]

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We are planning an observing session at our usual spot on Blackheath this Tuesday (30th June) from 9.00pm. This event will primarily be to view the close conjunction of Venus and Jupiter as they begin to set in the South West. They will then only be one third of a degree apart. This conjunction will be the last opportunity to see such a close conjunction of these two planets until 2023 which will still not be as close.

It will still be quite light at 9.00pm, hence the late start. There is also a Members Solar Viewing event taking place at the ROG, which will finish around 8.30pm. Therefore we are also allowing time for people to get from this to Blackheath if they wish to attend both.

Following the conjunction, Saturn will be on the Meridian around 10.15pm for those of you who have not seen the 'star' of our solar system yet this year. Although low in the Sky, Saturn will make for a particularly good sight as its rings a quite heavily tilted towards us.

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, but the evening promises to be clear and pleasantly warm, so woolly hats may be left at home!.

The plan is to meet on Blackheath, just north of Talbot Place at 9.00pm. 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 you will be able to park at the side of the observing area. 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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