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Past Events
  • Atoms, Photons and the Nebulium Affair
    25 May, 19:00 – 21:00
    Mycenae House, 90 Mycenae Rd, London SE3 7SE, UK
    by Tony Sizer In 1864, using a novel physical technique, an unknown element was discovered in a gaseous nebula. In 1868, a second new element was found in the Sun using the same method.
  • What are these mysterious Fast Radio Bursts?
    15 May, 19:15 – 21:00
    Lecture Theatre, Romney Rd, London SE10 9NF, UK
    by Professor Ben Stappers In 2007 Astronomers discovered a very bright burst of radio emission which lasted just a few milliseconds which originated far outside of our own galaxy. The extreme brightness and very short duration of what became known as Fast Radio Bursts that the progentior
  • An Astronomy Sketching Workshop
    Thu, 11 May
    Mycenae House
    11 May, 19:00 – 21:00
    Mycenae House, 90 Mycenae Rd, London SE3 7SE, UK
    by Mary McIntyre FRAS In this workshop, astronomer and astronomy artist Mary McIntyre will guide you through how to create a beautiful sketch of a lunar crater or deep sky object.
  • Astronomy in the medieval world
    Thu, 27 Apr
    Mycenae House
    27 Apr, 19:00 – 21:00
    Mycenae House, 90 Mycenae Rd, London SE3 7SE, UK
    by Dr Mike Leggett It is sometimes supposed that there was no astronomical activity in the Middle Ages, but during this time much of the foundations of modern astronomy were laid.
  • Telescope Workshop
    Thu, 20 Apr
    Mycenae House
    20 Apr, 19:00 – 21:00
    Mycenae House, 90 Mycenae Rd, London SE3 7SE, UK
    Don’t know one end of a telescope from the other? Not sure what type of telescope you should buy? Then this is the workshop for you!
  • Observing the NASA DART impact from a new observatory in Kenya
    17 Apr, 19:15 – 21:30
    Lecture Theatre, Romney Rd, London SE10 9NF, UK
    by Professor Colin Snodgrass Colin will describe the NASA DART planetary defence mission, which successfully changed the trajectory of a small asteroid in September 2022, and our observations of the results using telescopes on Earth.
  • Blackheath Observing Event - CONFIRMED ON
    Multiple Dates
    Sat, 15 Apr
    Talbot Place
    15 Apr, 20:00 – 23:00
    Talbot Place, Talbot Pl, Blackheath, London SE3 0TZ, UK
    THIS EVENT IS CONFIRMED ON. We are running a free public astronomy observing event on Blackheath Common. All members and non members are welcome.
  • What has the space program ever done for us
    23 Mar, 19:00 – 21:00
    Mycenae House, 90 Mycenae Rd, London SE3 7SE, UK
    by Mary McIntyre A lot is spent on space exploration and some people believe that it is a waste of money. However, there are so many everyday things that we take for granted that wouldn’t exist if it hadn't been for the Space Programme. This talk takes a deep dive into this subject.
  • Romney Observing Event
    Multiple Dates
    Sat, 18 Mar
    Romney Marsh
    18 Mar, 20:30 – 23:00
    Romney Marsh, Romney Marsh, UK
    Martin and Jane have very kindly offered to run a viewing session from their observatory on Saturday 18th March or Sunday 19th March (weather permitting).
  • Viewing with the Great Equatorial Telescope
    Multiple Dates
    Tue, 14 Mar
    Royal Observatory Greenwich
    14 Mar, 19:00 – 21:00
    Royal Observatory Greenwich, Blackheath Ave, London SE10 8XJ, UK
    Flamsteed viewing session with the Great Equatorial Telescope at the Royal Observatory Greenwich.
  • How fast is the Universe expanding ?
    Mon, 13 Mar
    Lecture Theatre
    13 Mar, 19:15 – 21:00
    Lecture Theatre, Romney Rd, London SE10 9NF, UK
    by Dr Matt Bothwell. Around a century ago, Edwin Hubble made one of the most important discoveries in astronomical history: the Universe is expanding. Ever since Hubble, understanding exactly how fast the Universe is expanding has been one of the most important tasks in cosmology.
  • William Lassell 1799 - 1880, Telescopes, Planets and Drinking Beer
    23 Feb, 19:00 – 21:00
    Mycenae House., 90 Mycenae Rd, London SE3 7SE, UK
    Lassell made his fortune as a Liverpool brewer. This enabled him to pursue his passion for astronomy, particularly his keen interest in the outer planets. Described as one of the first “Grand Amateurs” of the Victorian age, William Lassell list of achievements is truly impressive.
  • Paradise Planet Earth: A Cosmic Miracle (but for how long?)
    13 Feb, 19:15 – 21:15
    Lecture Theatre, Romney Rd, London SE10 9NF, UK
    What is life? How did the Earth became a Paradise? Where do we humans come from? Why is there so much injustice and destruction around us? Dealing with these important questions, we will first explore ancient beliefs, myths and superstitions,
  • Arrokoth and the Sentinels
    26 Jan, 19:00 – 21:00
    London, 90 Mycenae Rd, London SE3 7SE, UK
    The formative years of the Solar System is still poorly understood. As we learn more our comprehension becomes more focused. Missions sent to study distant small worlds fills in much of the detail and the more sophisticated the suite of instruments designed to study them the better
  • Astrophotography – A Beginner’s Guide
    19 Jan, 19:00 – 21:00
    Mycenae House, 90 Mycenae Rd, London SE3 7SE, UK
    We are pleased to announce that we will be running a beginner’s workshop on Astrophotography on Thursday 19th January at 7pm in Mycenae House, Blackheath
  • Archeoastronomy: A brief history by Professor Clive Ruggles
    16 Jan, 19:00 – 21:00
    London, Romney Rd, London SE10 9NF, UK
    Archeoastronomy grew out of interpretations of Stonehenge and other British prehistoric monuments in the 1960s as "ancient observatories" — ideas that generated a huge wave of popular interest but also proved highly controversial among academics, Pitting astronomers against archaeologists.
  • Seeing Jupiter’s Aurora in a different light
    Mon, 05 Dec
    Great Hall, Queen's House
    05 Dec 2022, 19:15 – 21:00
    Great Hall, Queen's House, Romney Rd, Greater, London SE10 9NF, UK
    As beautiful as the Earth’s northern and southern lights are, they can’t compete with Jupiter’s. Its aurorae dwarf our planet’s in every way and span almost every part of the electromagnetic spectrum – from infrared light to X-rays.
  • The Solar Orbiter Mission
    Mon, 14 Nov
    NMM Lecture Theatre
    14 Nov 2022, 19:15 – 21:00
    NMM Lecture Theatre, Romney Rd, London SE10 9NF, UK
    At the start of the space age a profound discovery was made; our home planet, and therefore all life on it, is engulfed in the atmosphere of the Sun which stretches out across the Solar System.

Previous Lectures and Events

An (almost) complete list of previous Flamsteed Astronomy Society Lectures and Talks can be found in the following PDF document. Some early lectures are missing, but we will add to this when information is found:

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