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The Flamsteed were delighted to welcome back our good friend, Dr Marek Kukula, the Public Astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, who came to give a ‘behind the scenes’ view about the process that led to the recent ‘Visions of the Universe’ exhibition. The exhibition was an unqualified success, with over 70,000 visitors and some […]

On setting out on the journey to Cudham to see if we could catch sight of some Perseid meteors, the weather conditions reminded me of last year’s event, where heavy cloud prevented us from seeing many meteors until the very end of our session. Fortunately, the forecast this year was for the cloud to start […]

The 2012/13 Flamsteed season has been a particularly busy one, with over 50 organised events offered to Flamsteed members. This was our tenth, and final, lecture of the season, but we’ve also offered 16 observing events in Blackheath, Cudham and Romney (of which 8 have been successful – a 50% strike rate is not bad […]

We were very fortunate to be taken to see the astronomy reserve collection by curator Dr Rebekah Higgitt.  In common with many of the team, Becky is very busy just now with a number of projects including preparations for the special exhibition to mark the 2014 tercentenary of the Longitude Act.  She is also preparing […]

Torrential rain for most of Friday 24 May put paid to any plans that we had for running a Blackheath stargazing session on Friday evening and so an early decision was made to move the session to Saturday. This proved to be a prescient move, as the weather for most of Saturday was glorious and […]

The Flamsteed were privileged to welcome Pete Lawrence from the BBC Sky at Night presenting team for what proved to be a superb lecture on Solar Observing. Pete visited Greenwich in January when “The Sky at Night” came to film a special programme about our nearest star, the Sun. Not wanting to let an opportunity […]

On what proved to be a most interesting evening, we had the second Flamsteed “History of Astronomy” group meeting, with Flamsteed member Mirek Colakov talking about the Armillary Sphere which he constructed himself to demonstrate how the instrument can be used. Mirek is an experienced yachtsman and has a deep interest in celestial navigation and the […]

Our meeting in the Endeavour Room, although long overdue, remains popular, with one new and eight existing members in attendance. I apologised for the length of time between meetings and explained how Mike Meynell and I intend to schedule more regular events. We envisage the Radio Group getting together formally every 2 months with more […]

Coinciding with the launch of the Flamsteed “History of Astronomy” group, we were delighted to welcome Dr Rebekah Higgitt who is Curator of History of Science and Technology at the Royal Observatory Greenwich & National Maritime Museum. Rebekah came to discuss the role of the Astronomer Royal in the early days of the Greenwich Observatory, […]

The inaugural meeting of the Flamsteed History of Astronomy Special Interest Group took place on Saturday 20 April 2013 in the South Building of the Royal Observatory Greenwich. Around twenty Flamsteed members ignored the beautiful weather conditions outside to help shape the direction of this new group, which is being led by Mike Dryland. The […]