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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

Herschel's Garnet Star

Weather forecasting skills are almost as important as knowledge of the night sky when trying to practise astronomy in the UK. So it proved on Friday evening with our scheduled monthly observing evening on Blackheath. Despite Met Office claims that the skies would remain cloudy all evening, a study of the satellite data showed that […]

Louise Devoy explains the Airy Water Telescope

With the help of Bernard Bryant (Store Manager) and Louise Devoy (Curator of the ROG) we were able to take two dozen FAS members to see behind the scenes at Kidbrooke, a secure storage site not normally open to the public. Bernard greeted the group with a short history of the site (it began life […]

Setting up the telescopes on Blackheath

Well, you’ve got to love astronomy in the UK… don’t you?!… don’t you?!?!?!? A very frustrating couple of hours on Blackheath on Saturday evening. Nick and I had been discussing the weather for most of the day (in the absence of anything productive to do) and decided at 3pm that we would go ahead with […]

Ian Ridpath

Ian Ridpath gave a lecture to the Flamsteed Astronomy Society on 13 October 2014. Andy Sawers summarises his fascinating talk. Making pictures and patterns out of the stars is the ultimate game of ‘Connect the dots’ – but where did the constellations we know today come from? This was the theme of the talk to […]

The Sky this Month: October 2014

by Mike Meynell Once again, we’ll take a look at what to see in the sky over the coming month. First of all, there will be an occultation of Saturn by the Moon, just after 5pm on Saturday 25 October. From Greenwich, Saturn starts to disappear behind the Moon at about 16:05 GMT (17:05 BST) […]

Astrofun. Mike taking in the sights over Romney Marsh

THIS EVENT (24 NOVEMBER) IS CONFIRMED ON THE EVENT ON FRIDAY 21 NOVEMBER HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO POOR WEATHER. Martin and Jane have very kindly offered to run a viewing session from their observatory on Monday 24 November. For the benefit of newer members, Martin’s observatory (a shed, but not as most of us know […]

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Flamsteed History of Astronomy Group Meeting. Tony Sizer will be speaking about “Ghosts, Poltergeists, and the Law of Gravity”.  Since 1687 Newton’s law of universal gravitation has served us well…  or has it?  Starting at 7pm at the Royal Observatory.

Dr Lucie Green

Lucie is a Royal Society University Research Fellow based at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, UCL’s Department of Space and Climate Physics and studies activity in the atmosphere of our nearest star, the Sun. In particular, looking at immense magnetic fields in the Sun’s atmosphere which sporadically erupt into the Solar System. If these eruptions […]

Looking at Cassiopeia with Flamsteed AS, from the 28 inch dome at the ROG, Greenwich

Flamsteed viewing session with the Great Equatorial Telescope at the Royal Observatory Greenwich. Bookings are restricted to members only. Depending on numbers, we may be able to accommodate guests but we won’t know until much nearer the date. These Flamsteed sessions are free to members but places are limited and advance booking is essential. If you […]

Astrofun. Mike taking in the sights over Romney Marsh

Martin and Jane have very kindly offered to run a viewing session from their observatory on Friday 12 December (with no “weather back-up” night). 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 SCT and a smaller refractor with […]

Three new crew members representing the United States, Russia and Italy are at the International Space Station (ISS). from NASA

Ten new projects are providing opportunities for the public to participate in NASA’s Asteroid Grand Challenge, which accelerates the agency’s asteroid initiative work through innovative partnerships and collaborations. from NASA

NASA has selected Orbital Sciences Corporation of Dulles, Virginia, to provide launch services for the Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) mission. from NASA

NASA has selected eight teams from middle and high schools across the country to participate in the 2014-2015 NASA Student Launch Challenge, April 7-12, organized by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. from NASA

NASA has awarded the agencywide Acquisition of Liquid Hydrogen contract to Praxair, Inc. of Danbury, Connecticut. from NASA

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Tornado and Rainbow Over Kansas

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M1: The Crab Nebula

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LDN 988: Dark Nebula in Cygnus

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Bright Spiral Galaxy M81

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Philae Lander Sniffed Out Organics in Comet's Atmosphere

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The first probe to ever land on the surface of a comet performed some serious science before going into hibernation. Europe's Philae probe found organic molecules in the comet's atmosphere and discovered that the icy body's surface is as hard as ice.

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Star Formation in the Tadpole Nebula

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Dusty emission in the Tadpole nebula, IC 410,

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The Double Dust Disks of HD 95086

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Leonids Meteor Shower came to an impressive crescendo in 1999.

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Earth's Greatest Hits: 20 Years of #asteroids that broke up in our atmosphere: http://go.nasa.gov/1wzbyHN

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Philae Comet Lander Falls Silent as Batteries Run Out

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The first spacecraft ever to land on a comet has fallen silent, entering a potentially long, cold sleep after running out of power. The European Space Agency's Philae lander has entered hibernation after 57 hours on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.

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The Tulip in the Swan

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Welcome to a Comet

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We have decided to GO AHEAD with tonight’s planned observing session on Blackheath. We should have a period with little or no cloud for a couple of hours, if the satellite pictures are accurate. More cloud is likely later, so come early!

Our plan is to meet on Blackheath at about 7pm, just north of Talbot Place, which is a right turn off Goffers Road as you head towards Shooters Hill Road. Talbot Place is a cul-de-sac, where free parking is available from 6.30pm. A map of the site can be found on the Flamsteed website - http://flamsteed.info/observing/stargazing-events/blackheath-stargazing/ .

There will be some telescopes available, but members are encouraged to bring along their own telescopes and binoculars to present us with more viewing opportunities. There should be plenty of experts on hand to help with telescopes, and to point out objects in the night sky for inexperienced observers.

Our main targets for the evening will be: M45 (Pleiades), the Double Cluster in Perseus, Uranus, Neptune, Albireo (double star in Cygnus) and possibly M31 (Andromeda Galaxy).

Blackheath is quite exposed, so please remember to wrap up warm.

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Blackheath Stargazing

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For details of our scheduled Blackheath Stargazing events, please click here. Further unscheduled events may take place throughout the year if there are particular astronomical events to view, or based on demand. Location details are shown below.

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Descent to a Comet

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Philae Attempts Comet Nucleus Landing

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Today humanity will make its first attempt to land a probe on the nucleus of a comet.

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Rosetta

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Rosetta has been travelling through the Solar System for 10 years. In 2014, it will catch up to comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko and will hang on to its...

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Did you know this about the #CometLanding Rosetta Mission?

This daring international mission is spearheaded by ESA - European Space Agency, with key support and instruments from NASA. NASA contributed three of the orbiter's instruments (ALICE, MIRO, and IES) and part of the electronics package for the Double Focusing Mass Spectrometer - one of two detectors on the Swiss ROSINA instrument. NASA is also providing science investigators for selected non-U.S. instruments. In all, NASA is involved to a greater or lesser degree in Alice, MIRO, IES, OSIRIS, Radio Science, ROSINA, and VIRTIS experiments. NASA's Deep Space Network provides support for ESA's Ground Station Network for spacecraft tracking and navigation.

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Via ESA: Farewell, Philae! Rosetta's OSIRIS camera sees the lander shortly after separation.
Credit: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA
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Orion in Gas, Dust, and Stars

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The constellation of Orion holds much more than three stars in a row.

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The Protoplanetary Disk of HL Tauri from ALMA

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Why does this giant disk have gaps?

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The Cat's Eye Nebula from Hubble

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To some, it may look like a cat's eye.

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Polar Ring Galaxy NGC 660

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