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March 2019

Viewing with the Great Equatorial Telescope

March 5 @ 7:15 pm - 9:00 pm
Royal Observatory Greenwich, Blackheath Avenue
Greenwich, Greater London SE10 8XJ
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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 would like a place, please contact us as soon as possible. We plan to observe Mars and Orion. Use of the telescope is of…

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Romney Observing Evening: 8 or 9 March 2019

March 8 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Martin and Jane have very kindly offered to run a viewing session from their observatory on Friday 8th March (with a weather back-up date of Saturday 9th March). 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 CCD camera. Martin himself is a very knowledgeable observer, who can not only show people round the lollipops of…

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Hunting for Exoplanets by Professor Chris Lintott

March 11 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
National Maritime Museum, SE10 9NF
Greenwich, London SE10 9NF United Kingdom
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Professor Chris Lintott

The hunt for planets that orbit stars other than the Sun is a booming astronomical industry. Results from facilities all over the world, particularly from NASA’s Kepler satellite, have shown that exoplanets are common, and have given new insight into the formation of our own Solar System. The latest planet-hunting satellite, TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite), provides a chance to find planets around brighter stars. In this talk, Chris Lintott will talk about what we know – and don’t know…

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History of Astronomy Talk: ‘Through a Glass Clearly’

March 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Royal Observatory Greenwich, Blackheath Avenue
Greenwich, Greater London SE10 8XJ
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Great Equatorial Telescope

Tony Sizer, will be giving a talk entitled, ‘Through a Glass Clearly’ where he will take us through the history of the refracting telescope from 1608 until 1900. Tony is a former teacher of Chemistry, Science and Astronomy at Warwick School and Chigwell School and is currently one of the Astronomers at the Royal Observatory. Tony's professional background is as follows: MA (Cantab) Cert. Ed. (Cantab) Teacher of Chemistry, Science and Astronomy at Warwick School and Chigwell School 1969 –…

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Blackheath Observing – Sunday 24 March – CONFIRMED ON

March 24 @ 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Blackheath, North of Talbot Place SE3 0TZ United Kingdom + Google Map

THIS EVENT IS CONFIRMED ON PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE OF DATE We will be running a Blackheath Observing session on Sunday 24th March. We will have at least three scopes available at the session, but please feel free to come along with your own. The more the merrier! Blackheath is quite exposed, so please wrap up warm. We will meet at our usual spot just north of Talbot Place at 7.30pm. Talbot Place is the first left off Goffers Road…

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Flamsteed Social Meeting

March 25 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
British Oak, 109 Old Dover Road
Blackheath, SE3 8SU United Kingdom
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British Oak, Blackheath March 25th, Monday 7.30pm Flamsteed Social Meeting at the British Oak, 109 Old Dover Road, Blackheath SE3 8SU.  All are welcome. The British Oak 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. Many familiar faces will be there and, if you are a new member, just…

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Radio Astronomy Workshop

March 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mycenae House, 90 Mycenae Road
Blackheath, Greater London SE3 7SE United Kingdom
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Mullard Radio Telescope

In this workshop, we will explain how to set up simple radio systems for meteor detection and solar flare monitoring. These systems use relatively small radio aerials and cheap equipment, and do not require much technical expertise to set up. This workshop will be held at Mycenae House, Blackheath. Places will need to be reserved in advance and you can book a ticket by clicking on the link above. THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO MEMBERS OF THE FLAMSTEED ASTRONOMY SOCIETY…

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April 2019

Romney Observing Evening: 6 or 7 April 2019 – CANCELLED

April 6 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO POOR WEATHER

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Mercury and the BepiColombo Mission by Professor David Rothery

April 8 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
National Maritime Museum, SE10 9NF
Greenwich, London SE10 9NF United Kingdom
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Professor David Rothery

We now have a joint European-Japanese mission on its way to Mercury. This is BepiColombo, launched 20th October 2018, which will start doing science from Mercury orbit in spring 2026. There is one UK-led instrument on board, the Mercury Imaging X-ray Spectrometer designed at Leicester University and funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and the UK Space Agency. This will map the surface distribution of at least a dozen chemical elements at reasonable resolution across the entire…

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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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