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March 2020

Documentary Screening: 13 Factors that Saved Apollo 13 – ONLINE

March 26 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

13 Factors that Saved Apollo 13 As the 50th anniversary of Apollo 13 approaches, the Flamsteed is delighted to present a unique screening of an excellent British-made documentary. 13 Factors that Saved Apollo 13 explains how the ill-fated Moon mission succeeded in returning astronauts Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert and Fred Haise safely back to Earth, thanks to extraordinary ingenuity – and a huge amount of luck. ** MOVING ONLINE ** Because of the coronavirus situation, this documentary screening will no…

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April 2020

Chasing Interstellar Visitors by Dr Colin Snodgrass – ONLINE

April 6 @ 7:15 pm - 9:00 pm

Dr Colin Snodgrass In 2017 a strange object was discovered by near-Earth asteroid surveys, with the appearance of a small asteroid, but an orbit that showed it to have come from another star. Dr Snodgrass will describe what we learned about this object, called ‘Oumuamua, and what we are now learning about the second interstellar object, comet Borisov, which was discovered in September last year and is currently being observed with large telescopes as it departs from the Sun. In…

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Astrophotography – A Beginner’s Guide – ONLINE

April 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Lunar Eclipse above Blackheath ** ONLINE EVENT ** Flamsteed Members: PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL FOR A LINK TO REGISTER FOR THE ONLINE EVENT If you haven't received an email, please contact us for details. This workshop is intended as a basic introduction to astrophotography, using DSLRs or compact system cameras. We will introduce the sort of equipment that you might need for basic astrophotography, camera settings for taking the best astro images and the types of image that you can…

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Flamsteed Social Meeting – ONLINE

April 20 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

** ONLINE EVENT ** Flamsteed Members: PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL FOR A LINK TO JOIN THE ONLINE EVENT If you haven’t received an email, please contact us for details. In these exceptional and challenging times, we all need an occasional diversion to take our minds off what is developing around us. For obvious reasons, the monthly pub social evening cannot take place. As with other recent Flamsteed events, however, the society has been able to provide digital alternatives. Therefore, we…

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History of Astronomy: Cook, the Transit of Venus, Aftermath and Legacy, by Stewart Coulter – ONLINE

April 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

** ONLINE EVENT ** Flamsteed Members: PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL FOR A LINK TO REGISTER FOR THE ONLINE EVENT If you haven't received an email, please contact us for details. Cook was commissioned by the Admiralty to command a scientific voyage to the South Pacific Ocean to observe the transit of Venus – the first opportunity to determine the distance of the Earth from the Sun. The talk will draw upon links with RGO, ROG, NMM and the Royal Naval…

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May 2020

Ad Astra: An Illustrated Guide to Leaving the Planet – A talk by Dallas Campbell – ONLINE

May 11 @ 7:15 pm
Dallas Campbell

Dallas Campbell Fifty years ago, 'we chose to go to the moon'. Project Apollo was the culmination of some 400,000 people working to meet John F Kennedy’s impossible deadline, with technology that didn’t yet exist, to explore a place that we knew nothing about. It has become one of human history’s defining moments. Join TV science presenter and author Dallas Campbell for a grand tour of the science and history of human space flight. From forgotten stories of the early…

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Flamsteed Social Meeting – ONLINE

May 18 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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.) 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 TO JOIN THIS ONLINE EVENT (THERE IS NO NEED TO PRE-REGISTER BEFOREHAND)

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History of Astronomy – ‘The life and work of Professor Georges Lemaître’ by Rev Dr Jeremy Yates – ONLINE

May 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

Georges Lemaître Georges Lemaître (1894-1966), a Jesuit-educated Belgian Catholic priest, mathematician, astronomer, and professor of physics at the Catholic University of Leuven, was the first to identify that the recession of nearby galaxies could be explained by a theory of an expanding universe. His theory was observationally confirmed soon afterwards by Edwin Hubble. Ironically, it was Lemaître who was the first to derive what is now known as Hubble's law, or the Hubble-Lemaître law, and who made the first estimation…

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June 2020

Introduction to Astronomy, part 1: The observable universe, Big Bang and the Milky Way – ONLINE

June 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Earth and Moon

Earth and Moon 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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Space Debris: Risks to Space Sustainability by Prof Hugh Lewis – ONLINE

June 8 @ 7:15 pm
Prof Hugh Lewis

Professor Hugh Lewis The DAMAGE computer model predicts the space debris population will grow exponentially despite widespread implementation of mitigation measures, with a high concentration of space debris developing near an altitude of 1,400km. These findings indicate that our space activity is unsustainable and that new management policies are needed. Hugh Lewis is a Professor of Astronautics in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton. Space Debris He has been active in the space debris…

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Introduction to Astronomy, part 2: Celestial sphere, constellations and stars, and magnitude and naming conventions – ONLINE

June 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Celestial sphere

Celestial sphere 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 you…

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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

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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