81 members of the Flamsteed Astronomy Society gathered in the lecture theatre of the National Maritime Museum for our 13th Annual General Meeting, to be followed by a lecture from Dr Radmila Topalovic of the Royal Observatory Greenwich. Lin Potter, in her last address as chair of the society after 9 years at the helm, […]

While most people watched Tom Daley win Olympic Bronze for Great Britain in the 10 meter diving event, a remarkable achievement, seventeen souls gathered under a cloudy sky on a dark site in Kent. Mike Meynell and I had studied weather maps and with conditions set to worsen on Sunday, we decided to give the […]

The last meeting of the season With Greenwich moving into Olympic mode, but at the same time, many exciting things taking place such as the Royal River exhibition in the National Maritime Museum, this was a special meeting with three talks given by Flamsteed members as follows:-   The Great Melbourne Telescope by Mike Dryland […]

Around 140 people gathered on Blackheath at 4.30am on the morning of 6 June 2012 to observe The Transit of Venus. With a thick bank of billowing slate grey cloud to the east, it was not a promising start. Never one to be put off, I unpacked the car which was loaded with Coronado telescopes […]

Stuart and Chris enjoy a joke during the debate   In front of a packed audience, we were delighted to welcome back two old friends of the society, Dr Chris Lintott and Dr Stuart Clark, for a debate on Dark Matter. Dr Marek Kukula of the Royal Observatory Greenwich, in his second consecutive Flamsteed appearance, […]

Marek Kukula is the Public Astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich.  His speciality research subjects were the study of super-massive black holes and the evolution of galaxies. The first point that Marek made was that the ancient astronomers did not have the problem that we have today of light pollution.  The blaze of stars over […]

The Flamsteed were in the unusual position of having a Friday evening lecture, rather than our usual Monday evening slot. This was so that we could welcome back Nick Kanas, who made a stop off in London to visit us, on his way home from Paris to San Francisco. Nick is professor of psychiatry at […]

At the beginning of the meeting some important announcements were made. David Waugh mentioned the formation of a Radio Astronomy Group, details of which would follow in the near future. As Mike Dryland is leaving the committee, Mike Meynell has been appointed as vice-chair in addition to his existing responsibility for the website, social media […]

James and Martin. Hail storm and rain, but there's still the roof to look at!

Having had the last few observing sessions cancelled due to poor weather conditions, it was with some excitement that we received the “GO” from Martin to head down to his wonderful observatory on Romney Marsh, on what looked like being a beautifully clear night. With Sumitra, Chris and myself in one car, and James travelling from Richmond […]

My goodness what an evening!   Our Flamsteed volunteers covered themselves in glory by providing the backbone and several highlights of the BBC’s Stargazing Live event at Charlton House.  It was the BBC’s London flagship event.  Our team was joined by the ROG astronomers and groups from the Science Museum, Queen Mary College, and elsewhere. For […]