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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.

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 […]

Big Bang Expansion

A beginner’s guide to cosmology – A look at some of the energetic ideas around the big questions about the origins and fate of the universe. Taking a look at some of the headline ideas in cosmology currently and into the 21st Century. Gary Fildes is an outreach astronomer, specialising in public engagement centres in […]

Galaxy

Save the date for this talk about the evolution of galaxies by Dr Matthew Bothwell from the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Astronomy. More details will be provided shortly and a link will be sent to members to register for this event nearer the date.

The Comet Interceptor

Save the date for this talk about the Comet Interceptor by Professor Geraint Jones, Professor of Planetary Science at UCL’s Department of Space and Climate Physics. More details will be provided shortly and a link will be sent to members to register for this event nearer the date.

Spitzer Space Telescope

Save the date for this talk about the Spitzer Space Telescope and the science it has enabled, by Dr Olivia Jones. Dr Olivia Jones is Rutherford International / Marie Sklodowska-Curie cofund Fellow at the UK Astronomy Technology Centre at the Royal Observatory in Edinburgh. More details will be provided shortly and a link will be sent […]

NASA conducted a hot fire Saturday of the core stage for the agency’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket that will launch the Artemis I mission to the Moon. The hot fire is the final test of the Green Run series. from NASA

NASA is hosting a media briefing on Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 4:30 p.m. EST to discuss the upcoming landing of the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover. from NASA

NASA’s Science Mission Directorate will hold a community town hall meeting with Thomas Zurbuchen, the agency’s associate administrator for science, at 2 p.m. EST Monday, Jan. 25. from NASA

Earth’s global average surface temperature in 2020 tied with 2016 as the warmest year on record, according to an analysis by NASA. from NASA

NASA is targeting a two-hour test window that opens at 5 p.m. EST Saturday, Jan. 16, for the hot fire test of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket core stage at the agency’s Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. from NASA

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