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June 2020

Introduction to Astronomy, part 3: the Solar System, Sun-Earth-Moon and Life on Earth – ONLINE

June 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Earth Magnetic Field

Earth Magnetic Field The Flamsteed Astronomy Society hosts a number of lectures throughout the year on a wide range of topics relating to Astronomy. Our presenters come from varied backgrounds, many are professors who are engaged in their own areas of research and others work professionally in the space industry. Many of our Members are well versed in a wide range of topics relating to the field. But if you think having a better grasp of the fundamentals would help…

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Flamsteed Social Meeting – beer with an astronomer – ONLINE

June 22 @ 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.) We'll be joined by two of the Royal Observatory astronomers - Greg Brown and Emily Drabeck-Maunder! 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…

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July 2020

Decoding the Heavens: The Mystery of the Antikythera Mechanism by Jo Marchant – ONLINE

July 6 @ 7:15 pm
Jo Marchant

Jo Marchant In 1901, sponge divers in the Mediterranean recovered several corroded pieces of bronze from an ancient shipwreck near the Greek island of Antikythera. Scholars soon noticed inscriptions on their surfaces, as well as traces of gearwheels, dials and pointers. These fragments were the remains of a mysterious and sophisticated device, dubbed the “Antikythera mechanism”. It turns out to be a mechanical model of the cosmos: one of the most impressive items that survives from the ancient world. In…

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The Great Flamsteed Pub Quiz – ONLINE – CANCELLED

July 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Pub quiz

Join us for our first-ever Online Pub Quiz in the Flamsteed virtual pub, ‘The Edmond Halley’!  The aim is to enjoy some great summer fun and perhaps learn something along the way. The questions will be astronomy-themed and may also include your favourite movies, music or even the Royal Observatory. You will need to pre-register for this event and there are special (but simple) instructions that we will email to you so you can open up the quiz.  So have…

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August 2020

Bursts, bangs and things that go bump in the night – transient astronomy, by Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell – ONLINE

August 3 @ 7:15 pm
Jocelyn Bell Burnell

Jocelyn Bell Burnell We are honoured that Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell is finding time in her very busy diary to deliver a talk to Members, online via our usual Zoom platform. With improved technology astronomers are now able to observe things that rapidly change their brightness. Opening up this 'transient' domain has revealed a wealth of amazing phenomena which will be introduced here. Jocelyn Bell Burnell inadvertently discovered pulsars as a graduate student in radio astronomy in Cambridge, opening up a…

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History of Astronomy – The Lord of Uraniborg – The Forefather of Modern European Astronomy? by Malcolm Porter – ONLINE

August 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Tycho Brahe Also known as Tyge Ottesen Brahe, or even better known as Tycho Brahe. We will explore some of his childhood, his education, where he lived, observed and recorded for 21 years, his achievements and, oh yes, why he had only half a nose! And finally, if you head to Scandinavia, we will take a look at what you can see of where he lived and worked. Malcolm has been a member of the Flamsteed Astronomy Society for over…

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Black Holes: The Small, the Medium and the XXL, by Dr Greg Brown – ONLINE

August 17 @ 7:15 pm
Dr Greg Brown

Dr Greg Brown Black holes are weird. Their nature is remarkably simple, yet the science surrounding them is unbelievably complicated and their effects on the Universe around them range from the bizarre to the devastating. They have been studied extensively since their discovery, and yet much remains that we simply don't know about them. In this talk, we will discuss the different types of black holes we have found, and those we are yet to discover, and see how astronomers…

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September 2020

21st Annual General Meeting of the Flamsteed Astronomy Society – ONLINE

September 7 @ 7:15 pm
Flamsteed Astronomy Society

Notice is hereby given of our 21st Annual General Meeting which will be held on Monday 7th September at 7.15pm. Because of the ongoing coronavirus situation, the AGM will take place via Zoom. 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. The AGM will be followed immediately by a presentation on what to look for in the night sky in the coming months, presented by past-chairman Malcolm…

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Who Owns the Moon, by Professor Christopher Newman – ONLINE

September 14 @ 7:15 pm
Prof Christopher Newman

Prof Christopher Newman Do you fancy prospecting for rare and precious minerals on the moon one day? Assuming you could get there and actually start prospecting, would it be legal. In this discussion entitled “Who owns the Moon”, Prof Christopher Newman from Northumbria University in Newcastle will look at the legal position in outer space as private companies are seeking investment to mine asteroids and develop a permanent human presence on the Moon.  Despite the formidable technical and engineering challenges…

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October 2020

Solar flares – the most powerful explosions in the Solar System, by Professor Philippa Browning – ONLINE

October 19 @ 7:15 pm
Professor Philippa Browning

Professor Philippa Browning Solar flares are powerful “explosions” in the Sun’s atmosphere, the corona. They are caused by a rapid release of the energy stored in the strong magnetic field of the corona – the magnetic field lines break in a process known as magnetic reconnection. This heats the gas to temperatures of tens of millions of degrees and creates beams of very high-energy charged particles. The particles and electromagnetic radiation from flares can have significant effects on the Earth…

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