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I never tire of hearing the evergreen Christmas story about the Star of Bethlehem and listening to the astronomers’ analysis of what it could have been! David Hughes is a super speaker and entertainer.  His style is clear and witty, and he crams in tons of detail.   Now retired, David was for many years Professor […]

A complicated set of circumstances … prevented our scheduled speaker from coming to Greenwich and so Mike stepped into the breach (ta-ra!). October 2009 was the 125th anniversary of the recognition of Greenwich as prime meridian of the world, zero degrees longitude, by an international conference held in Washington DC.  Mike’s talk explained how this […]

Robert Massey kicked-off the Flamsteed’s 10th birthday evening with an excellent presentation covering the full story of how we have got to know the Moon (so far). Robert was formerly Public Astronomer at the ROG and is now with the Royal Astronomical Society.  He was a founder of the Flamsteed and gave one of the […]

We were delighted that Dr Francisco Diego was able to be with us to deliver the first talk of the Flamsteed’s 2009/10 season at the start of our 10th birthday celebrations.   Francisco was the first-ever Flamsteed speaker 10 years ago, and effectively a founder-member of the Society. For his theme Francisco talked about the amazing […]

Marek spoke to us in our final lecture meeting of the season.  Over the Millennia man has had many different perceptions of the Earth, our home, but the space-age has revolutionised our view in two ways especially — first, Earth is an almost insignificant speck in the quiet backwaters of a seething Universe;  second, Earth […]

Richard Dunn began with a brief introduction to his new book “The Telescope: A short history” (NMM Publishing 2009).  The book is a very well presented publication and covers the development and social impact of all kinds of telescope, nautical and terrestrial as well as astronomical.  It is an entertaining and informative read. For the Flamsteed audience […]

“A crash course” and no mishtake! In the 20th century only about 32% of space missions to Mars were successful.  The scorecard in the 21st century has been rather better so far with an 85% success rate. Doug speaks with confidence, passion, and clarity.   His grasp of the details of Mars missions is impressive and […]

Stuart found it very apt that he was delivering the Flamsteed’s first lecture of IYA2009, in the 150th anniversary year of the main events in his story, and in the very place which formed the centre of an important piece of the action. In 1859 a leading Victorian astronomer, Richard Carrington, was observing and sketching […]

On Monday 1st December, the dignified hallows of the Peter Harrison Planetarium lobby echoed to the happy sounds of some sixty members of the Flamsteed Society, together with distinguished guests from the Observatory, as they gathered to celebrate the Society’s 9th Christmas. The evening commenced with wine and nibbles served from tables groaning under the […]

Nik Szymanek talked to us about astro imaging.   Nik is Britain’s leading amateur astrophotography expert.  His images are fabulous.   The great growth of interest in amateur astronomy owes much to the ‘shock and awe’ of images like those from the Hubble Space Telescope and the work of Nik and others. Nik spoke at length both […]

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