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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

Andy on the Flamsteed stall

Once again, the Flamsteed were delighted to be invited to participate in the Shrewsbury Park Summer Festival this year, set on top of Shooters Hill with fabulous views over London, Kent and Essex. In fine weather this is a perfect spot for astronomy, and our plan was to provide several solar telescopes for people to […]

Matt Taylor at the Flamsteed

For the final lecture of our 2015/16 season, Flamsteed members were given a real treat when Dr Matt Taylor from ESA came to talk about the Rosetta mission. Matt is the Project Scientist for this mission, working as the interface between the scientists responsible for the experiments on the mission and the ESA mission operation […]

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The Flamsteed Radio Astronomy Group continues to make good progress. At the last meeting on Tuesday 7 June 2016, the group had 5 VLF (Very Low Frequency) receivers up and running in an attempt to compare performance. A Very Low Frequency (VLF) Receiver is designed to record Sudden Ionospheric Disturbance (SIDs) induced by solar flares. […]

Jupiter from Blackheath 14 May 2016

Our observing session on Blackheath this Saturday was again in danger of being cancelled due to bad weather. At least that’s what each of the 6 forecasting sites I looked at said. However one did say it was going to be patchy cloud instead of a thick blanket and it also seemed to be agreeing […]

Graham Dolan

The ROG was preparing for new galleries called ‘Observatory Lives’ focusing on two of the Astronomers Royal, Maskelyne and Airy, and their families who lived at the Observatory in Flamsteed House. By way of contrast, Graham Dolan spoke to us about some of the nineteenth century assistants at the Observatory, people who did the work […]

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During the heavy rain-storms of the last two weeks the Flamsteed House apartments have suffered significant water damage from roof leaks. Two of the rooms have been closed for repairs. That means only two (i.e. half) of the rooms are now accessible to visitors with more than half of the new exhibits temporarily off display. […]

The Sun at last revealed after days of rain

We will be running a solar observing session at the Royal Observatory Greenwich on Saturday 2nd July from 11.30am to around 4pm (in the event of poor weather, the event will be moved to Sunday 3rd July). This session is open to all and is free of charge. There is no need to book, just turn […]

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Solar Viewing We will be running an evening solar observing session for Flamsteed Members Only at the Royal Observatory Greenwich on Tuesday 5th July from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. We will be setting up in the Meridian Courtyard. Members should book for this event in advance and meet by the General Wolfe statue in Greenwich Park at 6.30pm to […]

The Sun at last revealed after days of rain

We will be running a solar observing session at the Royal Observatory Greenwich on Friday 8th 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 […]

The Sun at last revealed after days of rain

We will be running a solar observing session at the Royal Observatory Greenwich on Saturday 16th July from 11.30am to around 4pm (in the event of poor weather, the event will be moved to Sunday 17th July). This session is open to all and is free of charge. There is no need to book, just turn […]

A Russian cargo ship currently docked to the International Space Station will undock for a short test flight on Friday, July 1. NASA Television coverage will begin at 1:15 a.m. EDT. from NASA

Visitors to the 2016 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans will have a chance to explore the universe through a range of activities, including first-ever festival stage presentations, during NASA Week, a celebration of space exploration to be held June 29-July 3, in conjunction with ESSENCE Festival, which begins June 30. from NASA

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and NASA Administrator Charles Bolden today marked the official opening of a new airspace technology demonstration laboratory at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, North Carolina. from NASA

NASA is contractually extending science operations for its Hubble Space Telescope an additional five years. The agency awarded a sole source contract extension Thursday to the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy for continued Hubble science operations support at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore. from NASA

The booster for the world’s most powerful rocket, NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS), which will power the agency’s astronauts on the journey to Mars, will fire up for a major ground test at 10:05 a.m. EDT (8:05 a.m. MDT) Tuesday, June 28, at Orbital ATK Propulsion Systems’ test facilities in Promontory, Utah. from NASA

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Facebook IconJune 22, 2016 at 9:42 am

Falling back to the planet

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Tim Peake: 'I saw flames outside the window' - BBC News

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British astronaut Tim Peake describes his dramatic journey home to Earth from the International Space Station.

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June 20, 2016 at 4:14 pm

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Join the fun here on Sun 10th July for the Summer Sunday Extravaganza - A Family Festival of Fun!
With a packed line up of chilled out live music, summer fun, activities for all the family including child-focused arts & creative workshops, great food and drink.
Featuring The Icarus Club, Global Fusion Music and Arts, JazzNights, Ottie and the Bea, Pink Bus Project, Punk Me Up Ceramics Cafe, Tiptoes & Tappers, Emergency Exit Arts, The Rig, Bach to Baby, diddi dance, Colourstrings Early Years Music classes, South London, Kerry On Dancing, Yummy by Yamy, Theatretrain Greenwich, Greenwich Steiner School, Sparkx Dance, Flamsteed Astronomy Society, Peaceful Practice…plus lots more!
Proudly supporting local organisations.
Artisan Food & Craft Beer Festival, Ice Cream, Face Painting also available.
Free entrance.

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June 20, 2016 at 4:06 pm

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Join the fun here on Sun 10th July for the Summer Sunday Extravaganza - A Family Festival of Fun!
With a packed line up of chilled out live music, summer fun, activities for all the family including child-focused arts & creative workshops, great food and drink.
Featuring The Icarus Club, Global Fusion Music and Arts, JazzNights, Ottie and the Bea, Pink Bus Project, Punk Me Up Ceramics Cafe, Tiptoes & Tappers, Emergency Exit Arts, The Rig, Bach to Baby, diddi dance, Colourstrings Early Years Music classes, South London, Kerry On Dancing, Yummy by Yamy, Theatretrain Greenwich, Greenwich Steiner School, Sparkx Dance, Flamsteed Astronomy Society, Peaceful Practice…plus lots more!
Proudly supporting local organisations.
Artisan Food & Craft Beer Festival, Ice Cream, Face Painting also available.
Free entrance.

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Mycenae House

Join the fun here on Sun 10th July for the Summer Sunday Extravaganza - A Family Festival of Fun!
With a packed line up of chilled out live music, summer fun, activities for all the family including child-focused arts & creative workshops, great food and drink.
Featuring The Icarus Club, Global Fusion Music and Arts, JazzNights, Ottie and the Bea, Pink Bus Project, Punk Me Up Ceramics Cafe, Tiptoes & Tappers, Emergency Exit Arts, The Rig, Bach to Baby, diddi dance, Colourstrings Early Years Music classes, South London, Kerry On Dancing, Yummy by Yamy, Theatretrain Greenwich, Greenwich Steiner School, Sparkx Dance, Flamsteed Astronomy Society, Peaceful Practice…plus lots more!
Proudly supporting local organisations.
Artisan Food & Craft Beer Festival, Ice Cream, Face Painting also available.
Free entrance.

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June 18, 2016 at 11:14 pm

Flamsteed Astronomy Society shared ESA - European Space Agency's photo.

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More great pics of Tim Peake's landing and recovery here: https://flic.kr/p/HkFUpU

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June 18, 2016 at 11:17 am

Flamsteed Astronomy Society shared Tim Peake's photo.

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Time to put on some weight! What an incredible journey it has been – thank you for following and see you back on Earth! https://flic.kr/p/JfSB1X

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June 18, 2016 at 11:16 am

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Touchdown of Tim Peake, Tim Kopra and commander Yuri Malenchenko in their Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft. Welcome home!

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June 18, 2016 at 11:16 am

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Tim Peake out of the Soyuz capsule after six months in space and phoning home. "It was incredible, best ride I've been on ever"

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Facebook IconMay 22, 2016 at 5:19 pm

A report of the recent talk by Graham Dolan to the Flamsteed History of Astronomy Group on the subject of "Fame, fortune, misery, disaster… The lives and times of the Royal Observatory’s nineteenth century Assistants and Computers" is now on our website.

http://flamsteed.info/2016/05/fame-fortune-misery-disaster-the-lives-and-times-of-the-royal-observatorys-nineteenth-century-assistants-and-computers-history-of-astronomy-group-meeting-10-may-2016/

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Facebook IconMay 22, 2016 at 12:17 pm

The next Flamsteed social meeting is taking place tomorrow evening, Monday 23rd May, 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. See http://flamsteed.info/event/flamsteed-pub-evening-42/ for a map.

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.

Flamsteed Pub Evening

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May 23, Monday 8.00pm Flamsteed Pub Evening at the British Oak, 109 Old Dover Road, Blackheath SE3 8SU. All are welcome.

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Facebook IconMay 14, 2016 at 4:09 pm

The weather has potential for some clear spells this evening (Saturday 14 May) so we are going to run the event as planned.

See you there for 8.30pm!!

Blackheath is quite exposed and although the forecast is for a pleasant 10 degrees, please bring a coat!

We will meet at our usual spot just north of Talbot Place at 8.30pm. 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 on our website: http://flamsteed.info/event/blackheath-observing-saturday-14-may-or-friday-13-may/

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Blackheath Observing – Saturday 14 May

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Our next scheduled observing event is proposed to take place on Saturday 14 May, depending on the weather. There is a fighting chance of a clear sky on Saturday. Lets hope the Met Office are as accurate with the forecast as they were for the Mercury Transit. i.e forecast of cloud = clear skies! The…

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Facebook IconMay 13, 2016 at 9:14 am

Our next scheduled observing event is proposed to take place on Saturday of this week, depending on the weather. The back up day of Friday (today) was always looking poor. There is however a fighting chance of a clear sky on Saturday. Lets hope the Met Office are as accurate with the forecast as they were for the Mercury Transit. i.e forecast of cloud = clear skies!

The event is planned to begin at the later time of 8.30pm as it is getting lighter. At this time, Jupiter will be due south with the 60% illuminated Moon, so plenty to see even during twilight. As the night progresses, some familiar sights will return now that the Winter Constellations are setting. From around 9.30pm in the west will be the multi-coloured Beehive Cluster M44, the South East will offer the jewel like Hercules Cluster M13 and going further East the Ring Nebula M57 becomes visible as the Summer Triangle of Vega, Altair and Deneb begins to rise.

Together with many other sites 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 should 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 on Saturday.

Blackheath is quite exposed and although the forecast is for a pleasant 10 degrees, please bring a coat!

We will meet at our usual spot just north of Talbot Place at 8.30pm. 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-14-may-or-friday-13-may/ for a map.

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Blackheath Observing – Saturday 14 May

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Our next scheduled observing event is proposed to take place on Saturday 14 May, depending on the weather. There is a fighting chance of a clear sky on Saturday. Lets hope the Met Office are as accurate with the forecast as they were for the Mercury Transit. i.e forecast of cloud = clear skies! The…

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May 11, 2016 at 7:50 am

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This is the biggest single announcement of new exoplanets, Nasa says.

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Facebook IconMay 10, 2016 at 2:09 pm

A report of our Transit of Mercury viewing event at the Royal Observatory Greenwich is now on our website.

http://flamsteed.info/2016/05/transit-of-mercury-9-may-2016/

Thank you to all our volunteers and visitors.

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Facebook IconMay 10, 2016 at 11:39 am

What a brilliant day that was, yesterday! Here's a little memento made by me ^_^. If you came, see if you can spot yourself :)

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Timelapse of the Transit of Mercury 2016

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A summary of our public event on the 9th May 2016 at the Royal Observatory Greenwich with Flamsteed Astronomy Society. A day that started overcast with no hope of seeing anything which turned out to be clear and hot! Lots of fun with 550+ visitors, enthusiastic school children and to top it off, we…

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May 10, 2016 at 9:44 am

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That's what we saw from Down Under. True story...........
Thank Dylan O'Donnell. -Suzy.

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Facebook IconMay 9, 2016 at 11:19 am

If you're on the go and can't watch the live stream, for those of you with a smart phone
, here’s a free #MercuryTransit app by @ideorum.
Android: play.google.com/store/apps/det…
iOS: itunes.apple.com/en/app/mercury…

http://play.google.com/store/apps/det

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Facebook IconMay 9, 2016 at 11:18 am

Can't watch a live stream? Images of the #MercuryTransit from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory will be posted at: nasa.gov/transit

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Eclipses and Transits

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NASA.gov brings you the latest images, videos and news from America's space agency. Get the latest updates on NASA missions, watch NASA TV live, and learn about our quest to reveal the unknown and benefit all humankind.

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Facebook IconMay 9, 2016 at 11:17 am

Is it a typical cloudy day where you are for the the Mercury transit? You can watch it here! cosmos.esa.int/web/cesar/stre…

Cosmos > Status

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Facebook IconMay 9, 2016 at 7:57 am

We will be going ahead with our Transit of Mercury viewing event at the Royal Observatory Greenwich today.

However, after a glorious few days, the weather is trying to work against us!

We think it is still possible for clear’ish skies at times, but a cloud band looks like it will gently push northwards over the course of the day.

It could still go either way… if you go just 20-30 miles north, there are completely clear skies until late afternoon! Unfortunately, there is no way of moving the Royal Observatory :)

These are the timings of the transit from Greenwich:

Exterior ingress: 12:12:23 BST
Interior ingress: 12:15:35 BST
Maximum: 15:56:17 BST
Interior egress: 19:37:21 BST
Exterior egress: 19:40:33 BST

See http://flamsteed.info/event/transit-of-mercury-viewing-event/ for details.

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Transit of Mercury Viewing Event

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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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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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Facebook IconApril 10, 2016 at 10:20 pm

Timelapse of Flamsteed AS Chris' Oast House being sucked into Polaris :)
Produced by Sumitra Sribhashyam and Chris Mann

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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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Facebook IconApril 7, 2016 at 7:20 pm

Flamsteed Astronomy Society added 5 new photos.

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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Facebook IconMarch 13, 2016 at 8:21 am

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The Flash Spectrum of the Sun

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