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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

Viewing Peter Apian's “Astronomicum Caesarium”

A party from the History Group enjoyed a visit to the RMG Caird Library to look at a selection of rare and interesting books from the astronomy collection. The visit was hosted by Gareth Bellis and Stawell Heard of the library staff, and by Louise Devoy, Curator of the ROG. The books were divided into […]

Malcolm Porter

Sir Fred Hoyle was never far from controversy and is probably most widely remembered for his passionate advocacy of a ‘steady state’ universe in opposition to the ‘Big Bang’ (a term he coined). But Fred made many breakthrough contributions to astrophysics, a point often overlooked. Malcolm’s thorough review of Hoyle’s life and work began with […]

Aug 1 Blackheath

Friday 11th saw us returning to Blackheath for an observing session. After what seemed like a never ending spell of bad weather which had caused previous observing sessions to be cancelled, we finally got a break! Unfortunately while generally clear, the evening had a quantity of dew in the air which significantly reduced what we […]

The Northumberland Telescope with a novel lens cap!

On the evening of Tuesday 8 March, a group of Flamsteed members visited the Institute of Astronomy in Cambridge. The members were treated to a short talk on the astrophysics of star formation by one to institute’s research students, Nimisha Kumari. She outlined her work comparing star formation rates between nearby galaxies to gain a […]

Sky this Month - Bobby Manoo

Bobby Manoo treated the Flamsteed audience to another highly entertaining review of what to see in the night sky in the month of March 2016. His presentation covered: The Moon – including a challenge to take a photo of the Alpine Valley (Vallis Alpes) Planets – Jupiter, Mars and Saturn Deep Sky Objects – M104, […]

Solar Observing at the ROG

THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED – WAITING LIST IN OPERATION During the summer months, we run several public solar viewing sessions at the Royal Observatory Greenwich. These sessions prove to be extremely popular with visitors. Last season, over 3,000 members of the public attended the 6 public solar viewing sessions that we were able […]

Transit of Mercury

On Monday 9th May, 2016, we will be running a special solar viewing session at the Royal Observatory Greenwich to view the transit of Mercury. The transit will be visible in its entirety from the UK (weather permitting!). This session is open to all and is free of charge. There is no need to book, […]

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Flamsteed History of Astronomy Group Meeting. Graham Dolan will be giving a talk on “Fame, fortune, misery, disaster – the lives and times of the Royal Observatory’s nineteenth century Assistants and Computers”. THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO MEMBERS OF THE FLAMSTEED ASTRONOMY SOCIETY ONLY. Please do not book a place on this event if you […]

GL Blackheath 90-Web

We will be holding a Blackheath observing session on Saturday 14th May from 8.30pm. If the weather forecast looks better for the Friday evening (13th May), we may bring forward the event by 24 hours. The location will be Blackheath. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible. Bring a scope if […]

Dr Stacey Habergham

Massive stars, at least eight times the mass of the Sun, lead very short lives which come to a dramatic end in a huge explosion, a supernova. Supernovae are amongst the most violent, energetic, and beautiful events in the Universe, and themselves represent physics at the extremes, the like of which could never be recreated […]

NASA will commemorate the many contributions of retired mathematician Katherine Johnson to America’s space program during a building dedication ceremony at 2 p.m. EDT Thursday, May 5 — the 55th anniversary of Alan Shepard’s historic rocket launch and splash down, which Johnson helped make possible. The ceremony will air live on NASA Television and from […]

NASA has selected Universities Space Research Association (USRA) of Columbia, Maryland, to provide academic/university-based program and project support for science and engineering teams at the agency’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California. from NASA

NASA has selected 399 research and technology proposals from 259 American small businesses and 42 research institutions that will enable NASA’s future missions into deep space, while also benefiting the U.S. economy. The awards have a total value of approximately $49.7 million. from NASA

Students in Dallas will have the opportunity to speak with two astronauts living and working aboard the International Space Station at 11:15 a.m. EDT Tuesday, April 26. The 20-minute, Earth-to-space call will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website. from NASA

NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren, who lived and worked nearly five months on the International Space Station as a flight engineer, will make multiple appearances across Washington April 25-29 to share highlights from his 141-day mission in space. from NASA

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April 16, 2016 at 4:59 pm

Unfortunately, due to marginal weather conditions and the risk of rain, the Blackheath observing session scheduled for tonight is OFF.

This is a tricky call, as conditions look they will clear later tonight. However, satellite images show isolated showers moving down from the north, as well as some intermittent cloud… so it was likely to be a frustrating (and possibly damp) session if we did go ahead.

On balance, we think it’s best to cancel.

We will look to reschedule for a later date.

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Flamsteed Pub Evening

Flamsteed Pub Evening

The next Flamsteed social meeting is taking place on Monday evening, Monday 18th April, starting at around 8pm.

The venue will be the British Oak which 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.

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.

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Timelapse of Flamsteed AS Chris' Oast House being sucked into Polaris :)
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Starship Oast to Polaris

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Timelapse taken with Chris between midnight and 4am in April 2016 370 frames, finishes in startrails. Exposure 15 seconds, ISO1250, F/4, 20 seconds interval.

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Some images from Professor David Rothery's talk to the Flamsteed on Monday evening about "Mercury - New Views of the Sun's Innermost Planet"

Thanks to David for a fascinating evening.

We look forward to seeing the transit of Mercury across the Sun on Monday 9 May! We will be running an event to view the transit at the Royal Observatory Greenwich. Details can be found here: http://flamsteed.info/event/transit-of-mercury-viewing-event/

All pictures by Mike Meynell.

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Facebook IconMarch 21, 2016 at 3:39 pm

A full report of our recent trip to the Institute of Astronomy in Cambridge is now on our website.

http://flamsteed.info/2016/03/visit-to-the-institute-of-astronomy-in-cambridge/

We would like to thank the Institute of Astronomy and its Outreach Staff for hosting this enjoyable and informative visit.

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The Flash Spectrum of the Sun

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Lunar Shadow Transit

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This snapshot from deep space

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Facebook IconMarch 11, 2016 at 5:28 pm

Our Blackheath Observing event is CONFIRMED ON for this evening (Friday 11 March). Meet from 7.30pm.

The weather prospects for this evening look like the better of our two options, though it is still possible that the clouds could roll in at some stage during the evening.

However, given that we had to cancel both our January and February observing events, we’ve decided to take the risk!

It would be great to see as many people there as possible. Please bring a telescope if you can… but if you don’t have access to a scope, come along anyway, as there should be plenty of equipment available for you to use.

At the start of the evening, the constellation of Orion will already be past the meridian but still high enough to afford us good views of the great Nebula M42 and the star field surrounding the attractive double of Sigma Orionis. As the evening progresses Jupiter will rise high in the sky with its Red Spot being visible on Friday from about 7.30-10.30pm together with Io and Europa being particularly close to each other. If seeing permits the icy white of Europa should contrast well against Io's yellow colour. Also visible in the South East from about 8.00pm, (albeit at mag +8.7!) will be Comet P/2010 V1 (Ikeya-Murakami). Perhaps a bit faint for London skies but we will have a go at finding it!

Blackheath is quite exposed and the recent warmer weather seems to have reverted to a more seasonal temperature so please wrap up warm. A hat is advisable.

We will meet at our usual spot just north of Talbot Place at 7.30pm. Talbot place is the first left off Goffers Road after the Tea Hut. Parking is free after 6.30pm.

A map of the site can be found here: http://flamsteed.info/event/blackheath-observing-saturday-12-march-back-up-friday-11-march/

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Blackheath Observing – Friday 11 March

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We will be holding a Blackheath observing session on Friday 11th March from 7.30pm. The location for this event will be Blackheath. Please note that we may…

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Facebook IconMarch 11, 2016 at 1:53 pm

We may bring forward our Blackheath observing session to this evening (Friday 11 March) from 7.30pm, as the forecast looks better than tomorrow.

A go/no-go decision will be posted by 5pm.

Details of the event can be found here: http://flamsteed.info/event/blackheath-observing-saturday-12-march-back-up-friday-11-march/

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Blackheath Observing – Friday 11 March (back-up Saturday 12 March)

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We will be holding a Blackheath observing session on Friday 11th March from 7.30pm. The location for this event will be Blackheath. Please note that we may…

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Dark Sun over Ternate

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A dark Sun hangs in the clearing sky over a volcanic planet

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Edge On Galaxy NGC 5866

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Why is this galaxy so thin?

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Solar Eclipse Shoes in the Classroom

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The total solar eclipse of March 8/9 will be the only total

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Mystery Feature Now Disappears in Titan Lake

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What is that changing object in a cold

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Facebook IconMarch 8, 2016 at 3:57 pm

Our next scheduled observing event will be taking place on either Friday or Saturday of this week, depending on the weather.

The weather gods have deserted us so far this year so fingers crossed the skies will clear and allow us to meet up at the end of the week.

The event is planned to begin at 7.30pm. At the start of the evening, the constellation of Orion will already be past the meridian but still high enough to afford us good views of the great Nebula M42 and the star field surrounding the attractive double of Sigma Orionis. As the evening progresses Jupiter will rise high in the sky with its Red Spot being visible on Friday from about 7.30-10.30pm together with Io and Europa being particularly close to each other. If seeing permits the icy white of Europa should contrast well against Io's yellow colour. Also visible in the South East from about 8.00pm, (albeit at mag +8.7!) will be Comet P/2010 V1 (Ikeya-Murakami). Perhaps a bit faint for London skies but we will have a go at finding it!

Together with many other sights we look forward to seeing of many of you there as possible. Please bring a telescope if you can, the more the merrier! If not there will be at least three scopes available to take you on a tour of the sky.

As normal a go/no-go announcement will be made at 5pm. Initially this will be on Friday if that looks the best for the weather.

Blackheath is quite exposed and the recent warmer weather seems to have reverted to a more seasonal temperature so please wrap up warm. A hat is advisable.

We will meet at our usual spot just north of Talbot Place at 7.30pm. Talbot place is the first left off Goffers Road after the Tea Hut. Parking is free after 6.30pm.

See http://flamsteed.info/event/blackheath-observing-saturday-12-march-back-up-friday-11-march/ for a map.

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Blackheath Observing – Saturday 12 March (back-up Friday 11 March)

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We will be holding a Blackheath observing session on Saturday 12th March from 7.30pm. The location for this event will be Blackheath. Please note that we may bring the event forward by 24 hours to Friday 11th March if the weather forecast looks more favourable for the Friday evening. We look forward…

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March 8, 2016 at 10:13 am

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A meteor blew up over the South Atlantic Ocean on Feb. 6th with the force equal to an atom bomb, but no one noticed. -Suzy.

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A Solar Prominence Eruption from SDO

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One of the most spectacular solar sights is an erupting prominence.

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Cities at Night

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Looking toward the south from an altitude of 400 kilometers,

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Sculptor Galaxy NGC 134

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NGC 134 is probably not the best known spiral galaxy in the

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Moons and Jupiter

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Some of the Solar System's largest moons rose together

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Unusual Clouds over Hong Kong

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What's that in the sky?

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NGC 3310: A Starburst Spiral Galaxy

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The party is still going on in spiral galaxy NGC 3310.

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Julius Caesar and Leap Days

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Today, February 29th, is a

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IC 1848: The Soul Nebula

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Stars are forming in the Soul of the Queen of Aethopia.

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Northern Pluto

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The Tarantula Nebula

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