The Flamsteed has a ‘special interest group’ with a focus on the History of Astronomy. This group is open to all Flamsteed members, at no extra charge (except possibly for optional outside visits). The activities of the group include the following:
There is a separate mailing list for History of Astronomy group members. If you are a Flamsteed member and are interested in joining this special interest group, please contact us.
Short summaries on subjects of topical interest to the Society, and links to references for more information:
When is a planet not a planet? by Eddie Yeadon
The Bureau des Longitudes in Paris by Eddie Yeadon
Today’s Big Reflecting Telescopes by Mike Dryland
Relative Values — two other significant anniversaries in 2005 by Eddie Yeadon. Transcribed from f@nmm, October 2005
“The Other Six” — The World’s Greatest Refractors by Mike Dryland
Did you know William Herschel, discoverer of the planet Uranus, was a fine musician and composer? — CD review from Martin Male
The post of Astronomer Royal is 330 years old — March 4, 1675
The Craig Telescope on Wandsworth Common by Greg Smye-Rumsby
Charles Parsons & Turbinia — a link between maritime history and astronomy by Eddie Yeadon
James Bradley and the Dragon’s Head—280 years ago James Bradley (later third Astronomer Royal) began a series of observations that was to change astronomy by Mike Dryland
John ‘Longitude’ Harrison is buried in the graveyard of Saint-John-at-Hampstead
Three Astronomers Royal are buried at St. Margaret’s Lee, just 30 minutes’ walk from the ROG
If you could stand on Mars could you witness a Transit of Earth? How long would you have to wait?
Portraits of John Flamsteed and his assistant Thomas Weston are to be seen on the ceiling of the Painted Hall at Greenwich. Also, Tycho and Copernicus…
Why doesn’t a GPS receiver held over the Prime Longitude at Greenwich show longitude 0˚ 00΄ 00˝ ?
William Herschel (1738 – 1822) If Sir William Herschel is not the patron saint of amateur astronomers, he should be…
The Transit of Venus In the late 17th/early 18th Century, measuring the size of the solar system accurately was one of the great challenges for science…
The Gregorian Calendar (pdf) September 2002 was the 250th anniversary of Britain’s adoption of the Gregorian Calendar…