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April 2018

The Volatile Universe by Professor Tim O’Brien

April 9, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
National Maritime Museum, SE10 9NF
Greenwich, London SE10 9NF United Kingdom
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Professor Tim O'Brien To the casual observer, the heavens may seem rather unchanging: the steady procession of the constellations as the Earth spins on its path around the Sun, punctuated by the wandering of the planets, the regular cycle of the Moon and the occasional spectacular appearance of a comet. To the more discerning observer though, the sky is far from steady. Indeed with the advantage of modern technology, the Universe is remarkably volatile. In this talk, Tim will discuss…

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May 2018

Members’ Talks

May 1, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Royal Observatory Greenwich, Blackheath Avenue
Greenwich, Greater London SE10 8XJ
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Our Members' Talks evening will consist of a series of short talks delivered by our very own Flamsteed members.    The programme for the evening will be as follows:   • Adrian Challinor – Project DRAX at the Spaceguard Centre • Andy Sawers – Claudius Ptolemy and the Almagest • Stan Payne – Astronomical Mirror Coating • Bobby Manoo – Exoplanets: The Truth Is Out There • Jan Cernohorsky – Supernovae: Mass Is Destiny   Please come along and support…

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ROG Instruments, Past and Present by Tom Kerss

May 14, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
National Maritime Museum, SE10 9NF
Greenwich, London SE10 9NF United Kingdom
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Tom Kerss

For the first time in over 60 years, the ROG is operating instruments for the purpose of gathering and distributing scientific data. With the installation of a new astrographic platform this spring, Tom will look back at how past projects and the telescopes used to undertake them have inspired the future of astronomy in Greenwich, and how cutting-edge techniques will challenge our expectations of what is possible in our modern urban setting. Tom Kerss is a member of the ROG’s…

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June 2018

Edmond Halley; astronomer, geophysicist, adventurer and Astronomer Royal by Dr Allan Chapman

June 4, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
National Maritime Museum, SE10 9NF
Greenwich, London SE10 9NF United Kingdom
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Dr Allan Chapman Edmond Halley is one of astronomy's most fascinating and colourful figures. A Londoner born and bred, his genius saw him elected FRS at 22. His career spanned celestial cartography, an Oxford Professorship, a daring explorer-captaincy in the Royal Navy, service as a diplomat, and Astronomer Royal. Meteorology, geology, and the ancient, pre-human history of the Earth were early subjects of original research for him. And he possessed great charm, humour, and a love of fun. I suspect…

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September 2018

The Search for Life on Mars by Dr Peter Grindrod and Flamsteed AGM

September 17, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
National Maritime Museum, SE10 9NF
Greenwich, London SE10 9NF United Kingdom
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Dr Peter Grindrod

One of the most fundamental questions that we can ask is whether we are alone in the universe. This talk will make the case that the best chance of finding life remains with Mars, despite ongoing exploration of our own Solar System and recent discoveries of exoplanets. In essence, studies of water and the habitability of Mars will drive and constrain the search for life in the coming decade and beyond. There is compelling evidence that the atmosphere and climate…

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October 2018

Journey to the Sun by Dr Helen Mason

October 15, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
National Maritime Museum, SE10 9NF
Greenwich, London SE10 9NF United Kingdom
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Dr Helen Mason OBE

PLEASE CONTACT THE BOOKING OFFICE DIRECTLY ON 020 8312 6608 IF YOU WISH TO BOOK A PLACE, AS THE ONLINE BOOKING SYSTEM IS CURRENTLY NOT WORKING The Sun, our star, is now in a quiet phase of its activity cycle. Several solar space observatories have been watching the Sun over the past couple of decades: SoHO, Stereo, Hinode and the Solar Dynamics Observatory. NASA’s Parker Solar Probe was launched in August 2018 and ESA’s Solar Orbiter will be launched in…

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November 2018

Sounds Waves and the Evolution of the Most Massive Galaxies by Professor Andrew Fabian

November 12, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
National Maritime Museum, SE10 9NF
Greenwich, London SE10 9NF United Kingdom
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Professor Andrew Fabian

The most massive galaxies lie, surrounded by hot gas, at the centres of clusters of galaxies. The gas is kept hot by energy supplied by some of the innermost gas falling onto supermassive black holes in the nuclei of the galaxies. Professor Andrew Fabian will describe how very low-frequency sound waves may be responsible for transporting the energy through the gas. Professor Andrew Fabian is a Director of Research at the Institute of Astronomy at the University of Cambridge. Past…

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December 2018

Dynamic Skies – The Story of Our Changing Cosmos & A New Revolution in Astronomy by Will Gater

December 10, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
National Maritime Museum, SE10 9NF
Greenwich, London SE10 9NF United Kingdom
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Will Gater

Across our human lifetimes, the night sky can often feel like something of a constant. Familiar stars come and go with the seasons, but their arrangement within the vast tableau of the firmament never varies. Nebulae appear today just as they were decades ago and the galaxies that we marvel at through our telescopes seem frozen within a static, obsidian, void. Yet the heavens are anything but still. We live in a whirl of celestial activity alive with the movement…

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January 2019

Tuning in to the Radio Universe from Birr Castle by Professor Peter Gallagher

January 14 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
National Maritime Museum, SE10 9NF
Greenwich, London SE10 9NF United Kingdom
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Professor Peter Gallagher

Astronomical objects emit light across the electromagnetic spectrum, which has led astronomers to build instruments to observe the Universe from gamma-rays to radio waves. For over 70 years from the mid-1800s, the largest optical telescope in the world was at Birr Castle in Ireland, which enabled the 3rd Earl of Rosse to see the spiral arms of galaxies for the first time. Recently, a new telescope has been built at Birr to explore the Universe at radio wavelengths. In this…

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February 2019

Ancient Egyptians and their Astronomy by Dr Pauline Norris

February 11 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
National Maritime Museum, SE10 9NF
Greenwich, London SE10 9NF United Kingdom
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Dr Pauline Norris

The Mesopotamians and Greeks are frequently credited with developing astronomy. Indeed, Babylonian cuneiform texts show that a sophisticated form of astronomy was already being practised in Mesopotamia by c. 3000 BC. Using archaeological evidence, this talk first examines why the Egyptians became the forgotten ones in the history of astronomy and what they achieved by naked eye astronomy from c. 6500 BC at Nabta Playa to the orientation of temples by the Nile built by Macedonian and Ptolemaic rulers prior…

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