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July 2021

Flamsteed summer programme

July 20 - September 8

After a busy 2020-2021 season of talks, the Flamsteed is taking its usual summer break. Ordinarily, we have a July-August programme of solar viewing events for Flamsteed members and for members of the public. With the current challenges relating to reopening the Royal Observatory site, plus the additional difficulties of sanitising solar telescope eyepieces and focusing knobs, we are not able to give a definitive programme yet – but we’re working on it so watch this space.

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September 2021

22nd Annual General Meeting of the Flamsteed Astronomy Society – ONLINE

September 9 @ 7:15 pm

Save the date for the Flamsteed Astronomy Society Annual General Meeting. We need as many Members as possible to attend so that the Committee can continue to operate in accordance with our Memorandum of Understanding – in effect, our constitutional deed. Committee chair Andy Sawers will report on the year just gone and our plans for the coming year. Voting on the various motions will be via online polls. AN EMAIL GIVING OFFICIAL NOTICE AND ADDITIONAL DETAILS WILL BE SENT…

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Origins: How the Earth Shaped Human History, by Professor Lewis Dartnell – Location/online: to be confirmed

September 13 @ 7:15 pm
Prof Lewis Dartnell

When we talk about human history, we focus on great leaders, revolutions, and technological advances. But how has the Earth itself determined our destiny? How has our planet made us? As a species we are shaped by our environment. Geological forces drove our evolution in East Africa; mountainous terrain led to the development of democracy in Greece; and today voting behaviour in the United States follows the bed of an ancient sea. The human story is the story of these…

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October 2021

Radio astronomy and the Square Kilometre Array, by Dr Jeff Wagg – Location/online: to be confirmed

October 11 @ 7:15 pm
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. He has worked at observatories in Hawaii, New Mexico and in the North of Chile. Outside of the office, he enjoys scuba diving, hiking and…

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