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The Flamsteed was delighted to welcome Simon Singh in a more relaxed frame of mind after the resolution of the libel suit brought against him by the British Chiropractic Association.   Simon has been preoccupied with his defence against this action for two years.  We look forward to seeing more from his pen when he can […]

Nick Kanas is a professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco.  He’s been running a project with astronauts and cosmonauts about human interactions in space.  Nick’s hobby and passion, though, is about mapping the stars and that’s why he came to speak to us at the Flamsteed. Nick says he’s been an […]

The Flamsteed audience was delighted to welcome back Stuart Clark after an absence of only one year.  Stuart’s writing career has been unfolding (as has his music career we understand!) and most recently he was pleased to be appointed Senior Editor for Space Science at ESA, the European Space Agency. Stuart returned to talk about gravity — Since 1687 […]

Flamsteed members were delighted by an unscheduled visit from Dr Chris Lintott of BBC’s Sky at Night.  Chris was able to come along to the March 1st meeting to present an introduction to the Solar Stormwatch project which has been developed working with the Royal Observatory Greenwich. Following in the footsteps of Galaxy Zoo, Solar Stormwatch aims to use the power […]

Rebekah Higgitt began the evening with a talk entitled “Solar Observation at the Royal Observatory Greenwich”.  Rebekah is NMM Curator of The History of Science and Technology. Rebekah opened with a brief description of the ‘Solar Story’ exhibition at the ROG. The exhibition ranges from the very earliest historical observations of the Sun, through work carried out […]

Greg has been delivering this super presentation for a couple of years now, including his appearance at AstroFest in 2009.  His engagement at the Flamsteed, one of his local societies, was long overdue. Some members had braced themselves for a challenging bout of string theory — “Three dimensions?  I thought you needed 22!” — so […]

I never tire of hearing the evergreen Christmas story about the Star of Bethlehem and listening to the astronomers’ analysis of what it could have been! David Hughes is a super speaker and entertainer.  His style is clear and witty, and he crams in tons of detail.   Now retired, David was for many years Professor […]

A complicated set of circumstances … prevented our scheduled speaker from coming to Greenwich and so Mike stepped into the breach (ta-ra!). October 2009 was the 125th anniversary of the recognition of Greenwich as prime meridian of the world, zero degrees longitude, by an international conference held in Washington DC.  Mike’s talk explained how this […]

Robert Massey kicked-off the Flamsteed’s 10th birthday evening with an excellent presentation covering the full story of how we have got to know the Moon (so far). Robert was formerly Public Astronomer at the ROG and is now with the Royal Astronomical Society.  He was a founder of the Flamsteed and gave one of the […]