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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 400 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

Graham Dolan with Bobby Manoo

In our first talk for this season, we were taken back to the Royal Observatory during the period 1890 to 1895 to explore the work of five women who were employed as ‘Lady Computers’. Isabella Clemes, Alice Everett, Harriet Furniss, Edith Rix and Annie Russell all have very intriguing history relating to their work at […]

Astronomical Events for 2019 by Malcolm Porter Sources– Extracts from the BAA 2018 Handbook, The BAA 2019 Handbook, Astronomy Now 2019 Yearbook, and Philip’s Stargazing 2019 Month by Month Guide. This list has been built around the idea of the Astro Highlights being largely visible to the naked eye, through binoculars or through a small […]

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 […]

Stan Payne with a Light Bulb

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 […]

March 25th, 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 […]

Mullard Radio Telescope

In this workshop, we will explain how to set up simple radio systems for meteor detection and solar flare monitoring. These systems use relatively small radio aerials and cheap equipment, and do not require much technical expertise to set up. This workshop will be held at Mycenae House, Blackheath. Places will need to be reserved […]

Martin and Jane have very kindly offered to run a viewing session from their observatory on Saturday 6th April (with a weather back-up date of Sunday 7th April). 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 […]

Professor David Rothery

We now have a joint European-Japanese mission on its way to Mercury. This is BepiColombo, launched 20th October 2018, which will start doing science from Mercury orbit in spring 2026. There is one UK-led instrument on board, the Mercury Imaging X-ray Spectrometer designed at Leicester University and funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council […]

A Flamsteed Astronomy Society workshop on Solar Imaging at Mycenae House, Blackheath. Presented by Rupert Smith. Booking is required. The Solar Imaging Workshop is a presentation of how to start Solar Imaging. It includes an overview of the different types of equipment needed for capturing the Sun in different wavelengths. Image capture techniques are covered […]

A NASA spacecraft that will return a sample of a near-Earth asteroid named Bennu to Earth in 2023 made the first-ever close-up observations of particle plumes erupting from an asteroid’s surface. from NASA

Four astronauts are preparing for their first spacewalks outside the International Space Station, scheduled for March 22, March 29 and April 8. from NASA

Media accreditation now is open for the next SpaceX delivery of supplies, equipment and science investigations to the International Space Station. from NASA

Three crew members have arrived safely at the International Space Station, following a successful launch and docking of their Soyuz MS-12 spacecraft Thursday. from NASA

NASA is hosting a media teleconference at 1:30 p.m. EDT Tuesday, March 19, to announce new science from the agency’s first mission to return to Earth an asteroid sample that may contain unaltered material from the very beginning of our solar system. from NASA

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