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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 […]

It was a pleasure to welcome back an old friend, Dr Robert Massey, now Press Officer at the Royal Astronomical Society. He was previously Public Astronomer at the Royal Observatory and has appeared many times on radio and TV to explain various aspects of modern astronomy and space exploration.  Robert was instrumental in helping to […]

The main event of the Flamsteed Christmas evening was a lecture by Dr Darren Baskill who is well known to us as an Astronomy Learning Officer at Greenwich where he gives many planetarium shows and runs various short courses.  His main role away from Greenwich is Outreach Officer at the Department of Physics and Astronomy […]

Carl Murray is a member of staff at Queen Mary, University of London, and is part of an international team of astronomers and scientists working on the Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn. His speciality is the study of Saturn’s ‘F’ ring. The lecture started with the projection of an interesting slide showing the ‘G’ and ‘E’ […]