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The Flamsteed were delighted to welcome Dr Suzanne Aigrain, who is a lecturer in Astrophysics at the University of Oxford, and a fellow of All Souls College, specialising in the detection and characterisation of exoplanets. Suzanne first drew our attention to the famous picture of Earth rising over the Moon, taken by astronaut William Anders […]

The objects detailed below will be visible with binoculars or to the un-aided eye. First of all, there is a handy tip for judging distances in the sky. If you extend your arm and make a fist, holding your arm up to the sky, your fist will cover approximately 10° of the sky. The Sun […]

Pictures by: Mike Dryland, Grey Lipley and Mike Meynell Whilst in the middle of preparations for the BBC Stargazing Live event at the National Maritime Museum, we were approached by the BBC Sky at Night team about their forthcoming visit to Greenwich. We were asked to get involved in the making of the very first […]

Dr Francisco Diego is Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at University College London. As a keen populariser of astronomy, he was one of the driving forces behind the formation of the Flamsteed Astronomy Society and presented the first lecture back in 1999. Francisco’s lecture showed how unlikely it was for […]

For the second year running, volunteers from the Flamsteed Astronomy Society helped to organise and run the premier London event for BBC Stargazing Live. This year, we were situated in the National Maritime Museum and had almost double the number of attendees in comparison to last year‘s event at Charlton House. Over 40 Flamsteed volunteers […]

Report by Mike Meynell. Pictures by Grey Lipley and Sumitra Sribhashyam On a freezing December evening, 9 hardy Flamsteed volunteers ran a highly successful stargazing session at the museum members Christmas party. We had been asked to set up a variety of telescopes just outside of the entrance to the Sammy Ofer Wing, so that […]

The Flamsteed had the great pleasure of welcoming Brendan Owens from the Royal Observatory Greenwich for our 2012 Christmas lecture. Flamsteed members enjoyed mince pies and chocolate biscuits with their tea and coffee on arrival, to get into a festive mood. We were also very grateful to the museum for arranging to open the museum […]

by Mike Meynell There are some fabulous objects and events to view in the sky this month: Mercury Venus, Mercury and the Crescent Moon Saturn Jupiter Orion and the Orion Nebula The Moon passing in front of open cluster M67 Geminids meteor shower peaking on 13 December The presentation is shown in the video below. […]

by Grey Lipley Mike Meynell and I have had our first meeting with the BBC to discover what they have planned for Stargazing Live at the NMM/ROG in 2013. The discussion was very informative and extremely positive. While we listened it became apparent that the proposed event is far larger than the one we organised […]

Two solar flares have been detected by the Flamsteed VLF receiver. – M1.7 on 20 November at 12:41UT and M3.5 on 21 November at 15:30UT. Both have been verified using data from the internet including stunning video footage. Both Mike and I were slightly concerned that we might not have enough to talk about at […]

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