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April 2019

Solar Imaging Workshop – CANCELLED

April 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mycenae House, 90 Mycenae Road
Blackheath, Greater London SE3 7SE United Kingdom
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THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

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History of Astronomy Talk: ‘Measuring Time by Astronomy’

April 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Royal Observatory Greenwich, Blackheath Avenue
Greenwich, Greater London SE10 8XJ
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Atomic Clock Calibrated by Use of Ephemeris Time

Units for measuring time have been realised through the rotation of the Earth - the day. As the precision of clocks improved, it was found that the length of the day was variable. An astronomical solution was to use solar system orbits instead of Earth rotation to define the unit. This resulted in the adoption of Ephemeris Time in the 1950s, which defined the second inherited by today’s atomic clocks. It has also left a problem with ‘leap seconds’ which…

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Blackheath Observing – Friday 26 April or Saturday 27 April – CANCELLED

April 26 @ 9:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Blackheath, North of Talbot Place SE3 0TZ United Kingdom + Google Map

Unfortunately, due to poor weather, the April Blackheath Observing session scheduled is CANCELLED. We will try to reschedule to a later date.

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Flamsteed Social Meeting

April 29 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
The Yacht, 5-7 Crane Street
Greenwich, SE10 9NP United Kingdom
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The Yacht, Greenwich April 29th, Monday 7.30pm Flamsteed Social Meeting at The Yacht, 5-7 Crane Street, Greenwich, SE10 9NP.  All are welcome. Please note that the venue for this event will be ‘The Yacht’ located in Crane Street, Greenwich, SE10 9NP. It is adjacent to the Trafalgar Tavern. Bus stops ‘Trafalgar Estate’ located in Trafalgar Road serve the following bus numbers: 286, 386, 177, 129, 188 & 180. Many familiar faces will be there and, if you are a new member,…

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Solar Viewing Training Session and Lecture

April 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Royal Observatory Greenwich, Blackheath Avenue
London, SE10 8XJ United Kingdom
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Solar Observing at the ROG During the summer months, we run several public solar viewing sessions at the Royal Observatory Greenwich. These sessions prove to be extremely popular, with many thousands of visitors attending the solar viewing events over the course of the summer. All of these sessions are run by Flamsteed volunteers, and they wouldn't take place without the support of our membership. We are always looking for new people to get involved, so we are running this training…

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May 2019

Members’ Talks

May 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Royal Observatory Greenwich, Blackheath Avenue
London, SE10 8XJ United Kingdom

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:   • Andy Sawers – Ten Books in 15-minutes • Thomas Obitz – Dynamic Sun • Adrian Challinor – Beyond Binary Stars • Geoff Cooper – Leon Foucault and his Contributions to Modern Astronomy • Bill Connor – History of Spacesuits   Please come along and support what promises to be…

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21st Century Telescopes by Professor Michael Merrifield

May 13 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
National Maritime Museum, SE10 9NF
Greenwich, London SE10 9NF United Kingdom
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Professor Michael Merrifield

Astronomical discoveries and the development of technology have always gone hand in hand. Only a few years after its invention, Galileo was using the telescope to revolutionise our view of the universe. The story is the same in the 21st century, with some truly amazing developments in technology promising some massive leaps forward in our understanding of the universe. This talk will discuss how telescopes and other instrumentation have developed to-date, and what is on the drawing boards for the…

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Solar Observing at the Royal Observatory Greenwich – CONFIRMED ON

May 16 @ 11:30 am - 4:00 pm
Royal Observatory Greenwich, Blackheath Avenue
London, SE10 8XJ United Kingdom
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Solar Observing at the ROG THIS EVENT IS CONFIRMED ON We will be running a solar observing session at the Royal Observatory Greenwich on Thursday 16th May 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 Royal Observatory. A map of the location can be found here.

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Flamsteed Social Meeting

May 20 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
The Yacht, 5-7 Crane Street
Greenwich, SE10 9NP United Kingdom
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The Yacht, Greenwich April 29th, Monday 7.30pm Flamsteed Social Meeting at The Yacht, 5-7 Crane Street, Greenwich, SE10 9NP.  All are welcome. Please note that the venue for this event will be ‘The Yacht’ located in Crane Street, Greenwich, SE10 9NP. It is adjacent to the Trafalgar Tavern. Bus stops ‘Trafalgar Estate’ located in Trafalgar Road serve the following bus numbers: 286, 386, 177, 129, 188 & 180. Many familiar faces will be there and, if you are a new member,…

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History of Astronomy Talk: ‘The Isaac Newton Telescope: A Historical Perspective’

May 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Royal Observatory Greenwich, Blackheath Avenue
Greenwich, Greater London SE10 8XJ
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Malcolm Porter will deliver a talk on the Isaac Newton Telescope. When it comes to funding science, and in particular astronomy in Britain, we have tried all sorts of options, the Monarch, private individuals, learned societies, Universities and, if the law of the imperative applied, even the British Government! Perhaps similar applies to all countries, however, perhaps the agreement to build what became the 98 inch Isaac Newton Telescope, initially at Herstmonceux was, possibly, the start of something much better…

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