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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 […]

Report by Mike Meynell It does seem rather unusual to be writing a report about a Flamsteed event that was officially cancelled! For this event, we were due to be joined by the BBC Sky at Night team, who were keen to launch their “Moore Moon Marathon” season at a Flamsteed Blackheath session. Sadly, the […]

Report by Mike Meynell. Pictures by Grey Lipley. On Thursday 13 June, the museum held an “open evening” to coincide with the opening of the new “Visions of the Universe” exhibition. For the second time in a week, Flamsteed volunteers turned out to help at the event. However, in comparison to the solar viewing event […]

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 […]

Report by Mike Meynell. Pictures by Grey Lipley. Once again, Flamsteed volunteers turned out in force to support the member’s preview evening of the new “Visions of the Universe” exhibition which has just opened at the National Maritime Museum. About a dozen volunteers set up a solar viewing session on a beautiful June evening, which […]

by Mike Meynell Here is a list of objects to view in the night sky during the Summer 2013: Noctilucent Clouds: These clouds are 80-85km above the Earth’s surface and are therefore the highest clouds ever seen, 10-times higher than Cirrus cloud. They are often a bluish colour or intense white and the clouds are extremely […]

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 […]

by Malcolm Porter Here is a list of objects to view in the night sky in June 2013: A planetary conjunction between Jupiter, Venus and Mercury A “Super” Moon on June 23rd Lunar occultation on June 27th Hercules Globular Cluster M13 The Summer Triangle Albireo – Beta Cygni Saturn The presentation is shown in the […]

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