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December 2020

Flamsteed Social Meeting – ONLINE

December 14, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Edmond Halley

Join us in our Zoom social evening in the Flamsteed virtual pub, ‘The Edmond Halley’! (Halley always was a more convivial sort of chap than John Flamsteed, to be honest.) 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! PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL FOR A LINK TO JOIN THIS ONLINE EVENT. THERE IS NO NEED TO PRE-REGISTER BEFOREHAND.

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January 2021

The Dark Side of the Universe, by Prof Catherine Heymans – ONLINE

January 11 @ 7:15 pm
Prof Catherine Heymans

Prof Catherine Heymans, Image Credit @BBVA Foundation Just over 95% of our Universe comes in the shrouded form of dark energy and matter that we can neither explain nor directly detect. Together, these two dark entities play out an epic cosmic battle with the gravity of dark matter slowly pulling structures in the Universe together, and dark energy fuelling the Universe’s accelerated expansion, making it ever harder for those structures to grow.  Catherine Heymans has used the world’s best telescopes…

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History of Astronomy – Cosmological theories which have shaped our current understanding of the Universe, by Gary Fildes – ONLINE

January 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Big Bang

Big Bang ExpansionA 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 astronomy. Fildes is the Founder and ex - CEO Lead Astronomer of the Kielder Observatory in the UK and is currently lead Astronomer at…

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February 2021

Monsters in the dark: hunting for the Universe’s most extreme galaxies, by Dr Matthew Bothwell – ONLINE

February 8 @ 7:15 pm
Hubble deep field image

Hubble deep field image The most extreme galaxies in the Universe are hard to find. Completely missing from older observations (and not even discovered until the late 1990s), Dr Bothwell will discuss the scientific detective story which led to the unveiling of a whole new population of unusual galaxies — the monsters in the dark. Matt is the outreach facilitator at the Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge. He obtained his Master’s degree at the University of Southampton, while carrying…

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Flamsteed Social Meeting – ONLINE

February 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Edmond Halley

Join us in our Zoom social evening in the Flamsteed virtual pub, ‘The Edmond Halley’! (Halley always was a more convivial sort of chap than John Flamsteed, to be honest.) 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! THERE IS NO NEED TO PRE-REGISTER BEFOREHAND. AN EMAIL HAS BEEN SENT TO MEMBERS WITH A LINK TO JOIN THIS ONLINE EVENT.

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History of Astronomy – The History of Longitude at Greenwich, by Greg Smye-Rumsby – ONLINE

February 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Longitude at Greenwich

Understanding the importance of precise time-keeping and the many attempts of putting systems in place to manage it made the Observatory at Greenwich famous. The talk covers a number of the difficulties of building a system of time for astronomy, business, navigation and for everyday life. Greg has essentially two astronomical careers. Firstly, as a specialist planetarium presenter for the Royal Observatory Greenwich. This consists of presenting planetarium shows to schools and public alike but also providing teaching artworks and…

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March 2021

Upcoming Astronomical Highlights, by Malcolm Porter – ONLINE

March 2 @ 7:30 pm - 8:15 pm
M31 and M32 Andromeda Galaxy by Malcolm Porter

What should we be looking out for in the night sky over coming months? Former Flamsteed chairman Malcolm Porter details the celestial jewels that lie in wait, whether you’re a naked eye observer or an experienced astrophotographer. Malcolm has been a member of the Flamsteed Astronomy Society for over 15 years and served as chairman for four years. Retiring from a career in IT in 2011 has allowed Malcolm to spend more active time fully enjoying his passions, sport, photography,…

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The Comet Interceptor Mission, by Prof Geraint Jones – ONLINE

March 8 @ 7:15 pm
The Comet Interceptor

In 2019, the European Space Agency selected its latest planetary mission: the three-spacecraft Comet Interceptor. The project’s primary goal after launch in 2029 is to characterise, for the first time, a long-period comet, preferably approaching the Sun for the first time. This planned flyby promises to provide us with valuable data to complement information gathered by all previous comet missions; all past projects have studied comets that have been altered by passing near the Sun many times. The mission will…

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History of Astronomy – Jeremiah Horrocks and the First Transit of Venus, by Mike Frost – ONLINE

March 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Jeremiah Horrocks

On Sunday 24th November, 1639, Jeremiah Horrocks observed a Transit of the planet Venus across the face of the Sun, from Much Hoole, a village south of Preston, Lancashire, England. Horrocks and his friend William Crabtree, observing from Salford, Lancashire, were the only people to see the first ever observed Transit of Venus. Horrocks had successfully predicted an event that nobody else knew was going to happen. To see the Transit, Horrocks had to overcome the vagaries of Lancastrian weather;…

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April 2021

Celebrating 6002 days of the Spitzer Space Telescope, by Dr Olivia Jones – ONLINE

April 12 @ 7:15 pm
Spitzer Space Telescope

The Spitzer Space Telescope, launched in 2003 and retired in January 2020, was one of NASA's four Great Observatories. It operated at infrared wavelengths and has revolutionised our understanding of the Universe – from our own Solar System and exoplanets, to the most distant galaxies. Spitzer succeeded beyond our wildest expectations. Here, Dr Jones will showcase some of Spitzer’s science highlights and outstanding infrared images taken during its 16-year mission. She will also discuss Spitzer’s successor, the much-awaited James Webb…

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