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Flamsteed Astronomy Society

April 2019

Romney Observing Evening: 6 or 7 April 2019

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

Martin and Jane have very kindly offered to run a viewing session from their observatory on Saturday 6th April (with a weather back-up date of Sunday 7th April). 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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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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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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May 2019

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

Professor Michael Merrifield is Professor of Astronomy at The University of Nottingham. His main area of research is the structure of nearby galaxies, to try and reconstruct how they formed. Talk details will follow soon.

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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. Talk details to follow soon.   THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO MEMBERS OF THE FLAMSTEED ASTRONOMY SOCIETY ONLY. Please do not book a place on this event if you are not a member of the society. Your booking will be cancelled if your name does not appear on our membership database.

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June 2019

A Talk by Professor Anu Ojha

June 10 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
National Maritime Museum, SE10 9NF
Greenwich, London SE10 9NF United Kingdom
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Professor Anu Ojha OBE

Anu Ojha has been an Executive Director of the National Space Centre since 2008 and is Director of the UK’s National Space Academy programme. He co-led the development for Government of the National Higher Apprenticeship programme for the Space Sector and has contributed to a number of National and International policy studies including ESA/EU strategies for skills and education in the 21st Century (2010), the UK’s Space Exploration Review (2009), Innovation and Growth Strategy (2010) and Space Growth Action Plan…

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