Following the wettest summer for over 100 years it seems appropriate that, in the autumn of 2012, we should launch the Flamsteed Radio Astronomy Group. We already have over twenty members and as part of the Royal Observatory Greenwich can look forward to support and resources unavailable to most observing groups.
We are particularly fortunate to have the support of Marek Kukula who is the Public Astronomer for the Royal Observatory and was awarded a PhD in Radio Astronomy from The University of Manchester in 1994. His thesis was on The Radio Properties of Seyfert Nuclei and the result of research carried out at Jodrell Bank.
Those working at the ROG are very enthusiastic about the newly formed Radio Astronomy Group with Marek offering us talks, help and advice when his busy schedule allows. We hope to hold meetings regularly in the historic Endeavour Room which was once the Planetarium and before that a working observatory.
Additional meetings will I hope continue at local hostelries with members of the Group passing on knowledge to the rest of the Flamsteed Members and a wider audience via our website. While learning about this fascinating branch of astronomy, we also hope to establish practical observing sessions which are not reliant on good weather or clear skies.