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April 2017

Proving Einstein Right by Professor Ian Morison

April 3 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
National Maritime Museum, SE10 9NF
Greenwich, London SE10 9NF United Kingdom
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Professor Ian Morison A gentle introduction to Einstein's Theories of Relativity and how, over nearly 100 years physicists and astronomers, including those at the Jodrell Bank Observatory, have been testing them to the limit. A recent exciting development is the direct detection of gravitational waves which gives further proof of one of the theory's predictions. Ian Morison is an astronomer who served as the 35th Gresham Professor of Astronomy. Though a radio astronomer by profession, now…

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Deep Sky Imaging Part 1

April 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mycenae House, 90 Mycenae Road
London, Greater London SE3 7SE United Kingdom
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Barnard’s Loop in Orion A Flamsteed Astronomy Society workshop on Deep Sky Imaging at Mycenae House, Blackheath. Presented by Rupert Smith. Booking is required. April 6th will see us offer our first Deep Sky Imaging class. The class will be in two parts, the first part will cover the equipment needed for long exposure deep sky imaging and its setup. Telescopes, mounts, camera types, guiding, filters and use etc. will all be covered. The second part will…

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Visit to the NMM Caird Library

April 10 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Caird Library, National Maritime Museum, Park Row, Greenwich
London, SE10 9NF United Kingdom
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Following last year’s very popular visit, we’ve arranged a return to our own NMM Caird Library to look at some of the rare and interesting astronomy books, manuscripts, charts, and maps in the RMG collection. The Caird Library visit will take place at the NMM on Monday April 10th starting at 3pm and lasting an hour and a half. Megan Barford, Curator of Cartography, and Louise Devoy, Curator of the ROG, will be introducing the books and maps on show,…

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Next Steps in Astrophotography

April 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mycenae House, 90 Mycenae Road
Blackheath, Greater London SE3 7SE United Kingdom
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Star Trails over Romney This workshop is intended as a guide to the next steps in astrophotography, using DSLRs or compact system cameras. We will cover 3 main projects within the 2 hour session: 1. Processing time-lapse + star-trails 2. Image stacking 3. Milky-way processing or processing a wide-angle shot For each project, we will provide sample files, which people can download from Dropbox prior to the workshop. The presenters will be Mike Meynell and Sumitra…

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History of Astronomy Group Meeting: Sir John Frederick William Herschel 1792 – 1871

April 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Royal Observatory Greenwich, Blackheath Avenue
London, SE10 8XJ United Kingdom
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Sir John Frederick William Herschel Flamsteed History of Astronomy Group Meeting. Roy Hookway has kindly agreed to give another talk to the Flamsteed History of Astronomy group. John Herschel was the only son of Sir William Herschel, the discoverer of Uranus, and Mary Pitt. John was initially educated at home, surrounded by the leading scientists of his father’s era and rose to be one of the most eminent and influential scientists of the 19th century. He…

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May 2017

The Final Phase of the Cassini Mission by Professor Carl Murray

May 8 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
National Maritime Museum, SE10 9NF
Greenwich, London SE10 9NF United Kingdom
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Professor Carl Murray Professor Carl Murray of Queen Mary College, London will be giving us an update on the final phase of the Cassini mission to Saturn. Carl is a member of the Cassini Imaging Team and he has been visiting us regularly to talk about the discoveries made by this most spectacular of space missions. His talks are always entrancing. Carl is interested in all aspects of the dynamics of planetary systems, from the orbital…

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Introduction to Radio Astronomy

May 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mycenae House, 90 Mycenae Road
Blackheath, London SE3 7SE United Kingdom
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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 from 7pm on Thursday 18th May. 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…

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History of Astronomy Group Meeting: Amazing Astronomical Alignments!

May 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Royal Observatory Greenwich, Blackheath Avenue
London, SE10 8XJ United Kingdom
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Stonehenge Sunset Flamsteed History of Astronomy Group Meeting. In 2015 Bobby Manoo spent two weeks in Egypt and, like many before, found himself in awe of the majestic ancient monuments, cultural strength, remarkable knowledge of the ancient Egyptians and their in-depth knowledge in maths, science and engineering but, particularly, in their astronomy and their knowledge of our solar system. This visit prompted Bobby to research other ancient monuments and their astronomical connections including, Chitchen Itza temple…

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Solar Imaging Workshop

May 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mycenae House, 90 Mycenae RoadBlackheath
London, SE3 7SE United Kingdom
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A Flamsteed Astronomy Society workshop on Solar Imaging at Mycenae House, Blackheath. Presented by Rupert Smith. Booking is required. In this workshop, Rupert will describe what equipment to use for solar imaging and how to capture and process images. No previous experience of imaging is required. Mycenae House is located in Mycenae Road just off Westcombe Park Road in Blackheath, SE3. It is close to the Blackheath Standard shops and buses. There is a café selling hot drinks and snacks…

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June 2017

LIGO and Gravitational Waves by Marcus Chown

June 5 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
National Maritime Museum, SE10 9NF
Greenwich, London SE10 9NF United Kingdom
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Marcus Chown Marcus Chown is an award-winning writer and broadcaster. Formerly a radio astronomer at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, he is cosmology consultant of New Scientist. His books include What A Wonderful World, Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You, Felicity Frobisher and the Three-Headed Aldebaran Dust Devil, and We Need to Talk to Kelvin, which was short-listed for the 2010 Royal Society Book Prize. Marcus has also tried his hand at Apps and won…

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