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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 […]

Clive presents to the Radio Astronomy Group

Following our recent Flamsteed Radio Astronomy special interest group meeting at the Mycenae House, we are pleased to announce the date and venue for the next meeting. We will be meeting in room 10 at Mycenae House on Tuesday 2nd August 2016 from 7pm to 9pm. Hopefully, some of you that attended the last meeting […]

The Sun at last revealed after days of rain

We will be running a solar observing session at the Royal Observatory Greenwich on Saturday 6th August from 11.30am to around 4pm (in the event of poor weather, the event will be moved to Sunday 7th August). This session is open to all and is free of charge. There is no need to book, just turn […]

Solar Viewing

Solar Viewing We will be running an evening solar observing session for Flamsteed Members Only at the Royal Observatory Greenwich on Tuesday 9th August 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 12th August 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 20th August from 11.30am to around 4pm (in the event of poor weather, the event will be moved to Sunday 21st August). This session is open to all and is free of charge. There is no need to book, just turn […]

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NASA took another important step Friday in returning U.S. astronaut launches from U.S. soil with the order of a second post-certification mission from commercial provider SpaceX in Hawthorne, California. from NASA

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NASA is joining with Baylor College of Medicine in Houston to operate a new institute charged with researching and developing innovative approaches to reduce risks to humans on long-duration exploration missions, including NASA’s Journey to Mars. from NASA

Using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have conducted the first search for atmospheres around temperate, Earth-sized planets beyond our solar system and found indications that increase the chances of habitability on two exoplanets. from NASA

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Bye bye Philae <3

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ESA Rosetta Mission on Twitter

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“Thinking of the wonderful adventures I had with @Philae2014 at Comet #67P #GoodbyePhilae”

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Facebook IconJuly 10, 2016 at 7:22 pm

Flamsteed Astronomy Society added 3 new photos — with Grey Lipley Skywatch and Mike Meynell.

Thanks to everyone who came to see us at the Mycenae House Summer Sunday Extravaganza today.

We had great fun meeting you all, and hope you enjoyed looking at the Sun through our telescopes in white light and hydrogen-alpha.

Hope too see you at a future event soon.

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Facebook IconJuly 10, 2016 at 9:58 am

We will be at the Mycenae House Summer Sunday Extravaganza today (Sunday 10th July) from midday to 5.30pm. Come along and join in the fun!

See http://flamsteed.info/event/mycenae-house-summer-sunday-extravaganza/ for details.

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Mycenae House Summer Sunday Extravaganza

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We will be running a stall at the Mycenae House Summer Sunday Extravaganza on Sunday 10th July from midday to 5.30pm. We will be offering: A solar viewing session outside using specialist hydrogen-alpha and white-light solar telescopes, so that people can safely view features on the solar surface. A...

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July 5, 2016 at 7:38 am

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Success! Engine burn complete. After a five-year journey, our #Juno spacecraft is now orbiting #Jupiter, poised to unlock the planet's secrets.

More about our Juno mission: http://www.nasa.gov/juno

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July 5, 2016 at 7:37 am

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Here's to opening up the universe!

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July 5, 2016 at 7:36 am

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Congratulations to NASA's Juno Mission to Jupiter on successfully entering orbit at #Jupiter. Here's a view from mission control at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory via NASA TV moments ago as the team celebrated.

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July 5, 2016 at 7:34 am

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NASA's Juno spacecraft is now in orbit around mighty #Jupiter. "This is the one time I don't mind being stuck in a windowless room on the night of the Fourth of July," said Scott Bolton, principal investigator of Juno from Southwest Research Institute. "The mission team did great. The spacecraft did great. We are looking great. It's a great day." Details: go.nasa.gov/29d6STu

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July 4, 2016 at 10:18 pm

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NASA has released this amazing video of Juno's final approach to Jupiter. The spacecraft will reach the gas giant's orbit in the early hours of tomorrow morning, UK time, and will begin analysing the planet's atmosphere.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjfQCTat-8s

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Facebook IconJuly 2, 2016 at 7:24 am

We hope to dodge some of the showers today, so solar viewing at the ROG is CONFIRMED ON from 11.30am. Details here:

http://flamsteed.info/event/solar-observing-at-the-royal-observatory-greenwich-25/

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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 2nd 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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June 30, 2016 at 6:46 pm

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#SaveTheDate! Rosetta is going to descend to the surface of its comet on 30 September to conclude its incredible mission.

Full story via Rosetta Mission: http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/Rosetta/Rosetta_finale_set_for_30_September

Pluto & Charon
June 30, 2016 at 3:09 pm

Pluto & Charon shared a post to Flamsteed Astronomy Society's Timeline.

Seen from #Nix, there can be little doubt that #Pluto and #Charon are in fact a binary planet.

https://www.facebook.com/PlutoetCharon/posts/1624403061208684

This is a digital simulation I generated with Celestia 1.6.1 and overlaid New Horizons shots for our book "Pluto & Charon", published this month. I have released its English translation today, and it can be ordered from here: https://www.amazon.com/Pluto-Charon-Horizons-spacecraft-farthest/dp/1534960740/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1467234365&sr=8-3&keywords=Pluto+Charon+Codex

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Seen from #Nix, there can be little doubt that #Pluto and #Charon are in fact a binary planet.

This is a digital simulation I generated with Celestia 1.6.1 and overlaid New Horizons shots for our book "Pluto & Charon", published this month. I have released its English translation today, and it can be ordered from here: https://www.amazon.com/Pluto-Charon-Horizons-spacecraft-farthest/dp/1534960740/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1467234365&sr=8-3&keywords=Pluto+Charon+Codex

* Contents: *

Preface by Dr Rainer Riemann, University of Heidelberg

1 Nine years of approach
1.1 At the garden door (6 Dec 2014 - 10 Mar 2015)
1.2 Course set - ignition! (10 March 2015)
1.3 Approach phase 2 (5 April 2015)
1.4 Approach phase 3 (24 June - 7 July)
1.5 The last week of flying time (7 to 13 July)

2 Tombaugh’s bowl of ice
2.1 A heart for Pluto
2.2 Skating on the Sputnik Planum
2.3 A young sea, a young moon
2.4 The extending atmosphere
2.5 Hydra lifting heads

3 Eighty years of misconceptions
3.1 From the Grand Tour to New Horizons: The long march to Pluto

4 Down on the surface
4.1 Basin and coasts of the Sputnik Planum
4.2 East of the Tombaugh Regio
4.3 A Washboard and other clefts
4.4 The distant regions on the mainland

5 What is Pluto made of ?
5.1 Pluto’s volatile ices
5.2 Water: The solid bedrock of Pluto
5.3 Play of colours
5.4 Light and dark

6 Sky and Weather
6.1 And now, the weather report
6.2 Poisonous gas in the Atmosphere
6.3 High fog expected
6.4 Weak or moderate winds
6.5 Who has dyed Charon?

7 Charon: the dichotomous moon
7.1 What is Charon made of
7.2 Dissimilar twins

8 Nix that photo: the minor moons

9 And on to PT1
9.1 A new target
9.2 19 January 2016: 10 years of flying time!
9.3 Will there be an Extended Mission?

Appendix: Technical Data
References

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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…