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June 2021

‘Fireside chat’ with ROG astronomers: Mars, the Solar System and stellar formation – ONLINE

June 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join ROG astronomers in a ‘fireside chat’ online as they discuss topics dear to their heart. Patricia Skelton will talk about her love of the planet Mars and the various missions that have gone there, while Dr Greg Brown will talk about how the solar system came to be as he discusses star and planet formation.  There will, of course, be plenty of opportunity for you to put your questions to them on these or others topics you want to…

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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. The AGM will be followed immediately by Flamsteed Fantasia, a video concert of space-themed…

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Origins: How the Earth Shaped Human History, by Professor Lewis Dartnell – ONLINE

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 – ONLINE

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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November 2021

Viewing with the Great Equatorial Telescope

November 2 @ 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm
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One event on November 30, 2021 at 7:15 pm

One event on November 30, 2021 at 7:15 pm

Great Equatorial Telescope

Flamsteed viewing session with the Great Equatorial Telescope at the Royal Observatory Greenwich. Bookings are restricted to members only. Depending on numbers, we may be able to accommodate guests but we won’t know until much nearer the date. These Flamsteed sessions are free to members but places are limited and advance booking is essential. If you would like a place, please contact us as soon as possible. Use of the telescope is of course weather-permitting. If we are unable to…

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Viewing with the Great Equatorial Telescope

November 9 @ 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm
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One event on November 9, 2021 at 7:15 pm

One event on November 30, 2021 at 7:15 pm

Great Equatorial Telescope

Flamsteed viewing session with the Great Equatorial Telescope at the Royal Observatory Greenwich. Bookings are restricted to members only. Depending on numbers, we may be able to accommodate guests but we won’t know until much nearer the date. These Flamsteed sessions are free to members but places are limited and advance booking is essential. If you would like a place, please contact us as soon as possible. Use of the telescope is of course weather-permitting. If we are unable to…

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The SETI Institute and the search for Life in the Universe by Dr Simon Steel – ONLINE

November 15 @ 7:15 pm

In 1961 radio astronomer Frank Drake jotted down an equation to tackle the question: Are We Alone? This very simple question is as tantalizingly unanswered today as it was sixty years ago, but the research at the SETI Institute, co-founded by Drake in 1984, continues the quest.  This talk will give an insight into the SETI Institute and the current state of SETI research. Simon Steel is Senior Director of Education and Outreach at the SETI Institute, located in Silicon Valley,…

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History of Astronomy – A History of Women in Astronomy, by Mary McIntyre – ONLINE

November 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
History of Women in Astronomy

Historically, astronomy has been very male-dominated. Throughout history there have been a number of trail-blazing women, such as Caroline Herschel, who worked to change that. Caroline is often referred to as the first female astronomer, but this this isn’t correct. She was the first female ever to be paid for working in science and that paved the way for many other women to follow suit. However, there were countless less well-known women who were working as astronomers long before Caroline…

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Viewing with the Great Equatorial Telescope

November 30 @ 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm
Great Equatorial Telescope

Flamsteed viewing session with the Great Equatorial Telescope at the Royal Observatory Greenwich. Bookings are restricted to members only. Depending on numbers, we may be able to accommodate guests but we won’t know until much nearer the date. These Flamsteed sessions are free to members but places are limited and advance booking is essential. If you would like a place, please contact us as soon as possible. Use of the telescope is of course weather-permitting. If we are unable to…

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