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Coronavirus update: Because of the ongoing coronavirus situation, our onsite and observing events are suspended until regulations and best practice allow us to resume our usual programme safely. Our talks and lectures are taking  place online via Zoom. See vimeo.com/flamsteedas for recordings of our online events.

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To join the Flamsteed Astronomy Society, click on this link.

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.

A short review of what to see in the night sky in May 2020: Light phases at sunrise and sunset Sky conditions during lockdown Starlink comments Messier 3 – Globular Cluster Markarian’s Chain Mercury Eta Aquarids meteor shower “Supermoon” Presented by Mike Meynell

A short review of what to see in the night sky in April 2020: Comet C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) Lyrid Meteor Shower Venus and the Crescent Moon Phases of Venus Also, a brief review of the best astronomy planetarium apps.

Agnes Mary Clerke was born in Skibbereen in Co Cork in and grew up in the midst of the horrific Irish Famine.  Her mother Catherine was one of the talented and wealthy family of the Deasy’s and her father John Clerke was a talented amateur astronomer and general scientist who ran the local bank.  She […]

In the first of our History of Astronomy sessions for this season, we were presented with a talk by Bill Barton. Bill is a founding member of the Society of the History of Astronomy and the Deputy Director of the British Astronomical Association Historical Section. He is also a member of a number of other […]

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 […]

Dr Jeff Wagg

Jeff Wagg will describe the status of the ongoing SKA design work and present an overview of some of the questions that the SKA will help to answer. Jeff is an astronomer at the Square Kilometre Array Organisation in Jodrell Bank, UK. Originally from Canada, he studied astronomy in Victoria, Puebla, Mexico and Boston, USA. […]

Save the date for what promises to be a great talk by Dr Simon Steel, Senior Director of Education and Outreach at the SETI Institute. More details will follow shorty, and an email will be sent to members nearer the date with a link to register for this event.

History of Women in Astronomy

Historically, astronomy has been very male-dominated. Throughout history there have been a number of trail-blazing women, such as Caroline Herschel, who worked to change that. Caroline is often referred to as the first female astronomer, but this this isn’t correct. She was the first female ever to be paid for working in science and that […]

Three residents of the International Space Station will take a short ride aboard a Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft Tuesday, Sept. 28, relocating the spacecraft to prepare for the arrival of the next set of station crew members. from NASA

NASA invites members of the media to register their interest in attending events in French Guiana ahead of the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope, a mission led by NASA in partnership with the European and Canadian space agencies. from NASA

NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will hold a virtual briefing for media Tuesday, Sept., 28 at 1 p.m. EDT to discuss efforts to improve the sustainability of aviation through the demonstration of more efficient airport operations, contributing to the Biden-Harris Administration’s efforts to tackle climate change. from NASA

NASA has awarded a contract to Aerojet Rocketdyne Inc. of Redmond, Washington, for the development of the Orion Main Engine (OME), which will be used on the Orion spacecraft as part of the agency’s Artemis program. from NASA

Students from New York and New Jersey will have an opportunity this week to hear from NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station. from NASA

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