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April 19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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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.

We are an affiliated society of the British Astronomical Association and members of The Federation of Astronomical Societies.

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Edmond Halley

Join us in our Zoom social evening in the Flamsteed virtual pub, ‘The Edmond Halley’! (Halley was definitely a more convivial sort of chap than John Flamsteed!) To add to the atmosphere of the pub theme, please have a drink in hand during the event. This does not have to be an alcoholic drink! AN […]

Brendan Owens' new book "The Sun"

Once thought of as a pure and unblemished disc of light, the Sun does in fact break out in spots. Observations of these cosmic blemishes opened the gateway to exploring the physics of the Sun and the Sun-Earth system. This talk takes us back in time to explore pre-telescopic sunspot observations and charts the history […]

NASA is targeting no earlier than Monday, April 19, for the first flight of its Ingenuity Mars Helicopter at approximately 3:30 a.m. EDT (12:30 a.m. PDT). from NASA

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NASA is getting ready to send astronauts to explore more of the Moon as part of the Artemis program, and the agency has selected SpaceX to continue development of the first commercial human lander that will safely carry the next two American astronauts to the lunar surface. from NASA

The following is a statement from Acting NASA Administrator Steve Jurczyk on Friday’s announcement of the intended nomination by President Joe Biden of former NASA astronaut Pam Melroy to serve as the agency’s deputy administrator: from NASA

NASA’s investment in space – both the unique Earth science conducted in orbit and the technology developed by living in space and exploring the solar system and universe – returns benefits every day, particularly when it comes to environmental issues. from NASA

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