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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 over 370 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 28-inch Great Equatorial refractor, the largest of its kind in the UK, and seventh largest in the world.
We are members of The Federation of Astronomical Societies.
by Chris Mann The clocks went forward at the end of March and the Earth is motoring along its orbit such that between mid March and mid May, the real night (minus astronomical twilight) will have nearly halved from 9 hours to just over 5½ hours. Disaster! What’s more all those beautiful winter constellations are […]
Roy Hookway entertained us with a splendid talk about Charles Messier. Roy has been a Flamsteed member for over 10 years, and for 13 years was Secretary of the Thurrock Astronomy Society. Roy’s interest in Messier began when he came across ‘Messier objects’ and was told only that Messier was a French bloke who found […]
Report by Martin Male For those who don’t know us, Jane & I host observing evenings at Old Romney, where you are most welcome. Please apply via the website and Mike will put you on the list. The Sun The Spring Equinox is on Thursday 20th March. The Sun will then be above the horizon […]
After a few events where the weather has not been that great and we have spent more time looking at the 28-inch Great Equatorial Refractor rather than through it, it was nice to be able to open the dome and reveal to our members what a great telescope the 28-inch still is today, despite being […]
Report by Tej Dyal As a year long member, I had signed up for this arranged Flamsteed visit to Romney four times before, but sadly, each time it was cancelled due to bad weather. However, perservence is the name of the game in this challenging but rewarding new hobby and so on this fifth attempt, […]
DUE TO POOR WEATHER CONDITIONS, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED Martin and Jane have very kindly offered to run a viewing session from their observatory on Wednesday 23 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 […]
NOTE THE CHANGE OF VENUE – WE ARE RETURNING TO THE BRITISH OAK April 28, Monday 8.00pm Flamsteed Pub Evening at the British Oak, 109 Old Dover Road, Blackheath SE3 8SU. All are welcome.
Flamsteed History of Astronomy Group Meeting. Tim Newling will be speaking about ‘Stargazing in the land between the rivers: Mesopotamian astronomy’; and Eddie Yeadon will be speaking on ‘RAnt and Dec: Measuring star positions through history’.
May 12, Monday 8.00pm Flamsteed Pub Evening at the British Oak, 109 Old Dover Road, Blackheath SE3 8SU. All are welcome.
Professor Ian Crawford is Professor of Planetary Science and Astrobiology at Birkbeck College, University of London. Since 2003, Ian shifted the balance of his research activities away from observational astronomy and into planetary science, focussing especially on the Moon. Ian was co-investigator on the D-CIXS instrument (Demonstration of a Compact Imaging X-Ray Spectrometer), which orbited the […]
A bright nova was discovered on 14 August 2013, in the constellation of Delphinus, near its border with Vulpecula. The position is RA 20h 23m 30.73s, Dec +20 deg 46m 04.1s. A detailed star chart can be found here: http://media.skyandtelescope.com/documents/Nova_in_Delphinus_PSA64.pdf Martin Male reports that he saw the nova on the evening of 15 August, and it […]
by Mike Meynell Comet C/2011 L4 PANSTARRS should start to become visible in the Northern Hemisphere over the next few days. It’s closest approach to the Sun (perihelion) is on 10 March 2013 and it may be possible to spot the comet on the evening of 12 March. It is follows predictions, it should be […]
On the evening of Friday 15 February, asteroid 2012 DA14 made a close pass of Earth, at a distance of just 17,200 miles from the surface. This was the brightest ever “near-Earth object” (NEO) to be observed approaching Earth. Some news reports on the object can be found at the following links: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-21442863 http://www.nasa.gov/topics/solarsystem/features/asteroidflyby.html http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/space/9873233/Asteroid-2012-DA14-brushes-by-Earth-as-it-happened.html […]