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Coronavirus update: In order to prevent the spread of Covid-19, we ask that attendees at our onsite events (such as Great Equatorial and Blackheath viewings) familiarise themselves with the guidance set out by the UK Government. You are advised to avoid crowding and you are welcome to wear face coverings at your own discretion. Please do not attend any event’s if you have any symptoms of Covid-19, or have tested positive for Covid-19 in the past 10 days, or have been told to self-isolate For the time being, our talks and lectures remain on Zoom.

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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.

On Saturday, 18th January 2020, we gathered on Blackheath Common looking thoughtfully up at what the night sky was offering. Members with telescopes entertained the public with views into the cosmos, trying to dodge the cloud patches that skimmed past, and as the evening rolled on, whimpers could be heard as the cold air was […]

So after being away for almost two years… Slingshot around the sun, charge the flux capacitor or use the force – whatever your favourite film is, there’s no way round it: we’re baaaack in the lecture theatre! And boldly doing what no other astronomy society has done before (probably): we’re only zooming at the same […]

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