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The Flamsteed is an amateur astronomy society at the Royal Observatory and National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London SE10. It has around 400 members who represent the full range of interests and experience in astronomy. Many are beginners. It is named after the first Astronomer Royal, John Flamsteed.
The Society was founded in 1999, and is part of the membership organisation of Royal Museums Greenwich.
Our lecture meetings are held once a month between September/October and May/June, usually on a Monday evening, in the lecture theatre of the National Maritime Museum, or in the Peter Harrison Planetarium at the Royal Observatory Greenwich (ROG). The Society regularly holds observing evenings using members’ own telescopes. In addition the Society stages viewing sessions with the ROG’s Great Equatorial Telescope, the largest of its kind in the UK, and seventh largest in the world.
The weather in the UK is notoriously difficult to predict. However, amateur astronomers can normally predict, years in advance, when we can expect poor weather and cloudy skies. Those conditions, almost without fail, occur on the day of major astronomical events! Fortunately, the evening of Tuesday 16th July 2019 bucked the trend. We were treated […]
On the 22nd June 2019, a group of Flamsteed members visited Jodrell Bank, part of the University of Manchester’s School of Physics and Astronomy and the home of the famous Lovell Radio Telescope. The site is also home of the Discovery Centre with its Planet and Space Pavilions which house interactive displays on radio telescopes […]
“I have no idea what time is and I am not going to attempt an explanation.” This was the opening line for Eddie Yeadon’s talk for the fourth session of the History of Astronomy talks this season. Eddie has a PhD in physics from Manchester University and has had a long career largely focused on […]
Who actually invented the refracting telescope? This was the opening question which was put to the audience in our second session for the History of Astronomy group this season. The presenter was Tony Sizer, a former teacher of Chemistry, Science and Astronomy at Warwick School and Chigwell School and is currently one of the astronomers […]
In our first talk for this season, we were taken back to the Royal Observatory during the period 1890 to 1895 to explore the work of five women who were employed as ‘Lady Computers’. Isabella Clemes, Alice Everett, Harriet Furniss, Edith Rix and Annie Russell all have very intriguing history relating to their work at […]
October 21st, Monday 7.30pm Flamsteed Social Meeting at The Plume of Feathers, Greenwich, SE10 9LZ. All are welcome. Please note that the venue for this event will be ‘The Plume of Feathers’ located in Park Vista, Greenwich, SE10 9LZ. The Plume of Feathers is adjacent to the eastern side of the Maritime museum in ‘Park […]
The Royal Museum Greenwich exhibition The Moon has been attracting critical acclaim. It charts the cultural and scientific story of our relationship with the Moon, featuring more than 180 objects, including artefacts from Apollo 11. Flamsteed members have a unique opportunity to see this exhibition, guided by Louise Devoy, one of the RMG curators responsible […]
We will be running a Blackheath Observing session on Friday 25th October (with a weather back-up date of Saturday 26th October) from 7.30pm until around 10.30pm. As with all observing events, we will only go ahead if weather conditions allow, and a “go/no-go” decision will be made on the day of the event. If you […]
Martin and Jane have very kindly offered to run a viewing session from their observatory on Sunday 27th October (with a weather back-up date of Monday 28th October). 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 […]
Flamsteed viewing session with the Great Equatorial Telescope at the Royal Observatory Greenwich. Bookings are restricted to members only. Depending on numbers, we may be able to accommodate guests but we won’t know until much nearer the date. These Flamsteed sessions are free to members but places are limited and advance booking is essential. If […]
After successfully launching Thursday night, NASA’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) spacecraft is in orbit for a first-of-its-kind mission to study a region of space where changes can disrupt communications and satellite orbits, and even increase radiation risks to astronauts. from NASA
NASA will host a media teleconference at 2 p.m. EDT Thursday, Oct. 17, to discuss select science investigations and technology demonstrations launching on Northrop Grumman’s 12th commercial resupply mission for the agency to the International Space Station. from NASA
Media are invited to NASA Headquarters in Washington Tuesday, Oct. 15 to get an up-close look at the next generation spacesuits the first woman and next man to explore the Moon will wear as part of the agency’s Artemis program. from NASA
Media are invited to witness the final test for a motor on the launch abort system of NASA’s Orion spacecraft prior to the first crewed Artemis missions to the Moon. The test will take place Wednesday, Oct. 16, at the Redstone Test Center in Huntsville, Alabama. from NASA
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine will tour SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California, on Thursday, Oct. 10, to see the progress the company is making to fly astronauts to and from the International Space Station from American soil as part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program. from NASA