If you are interested in exploring new concepts and discoveries in astronomy, then join the Flamsteed Astronomy Society. The Society meets in the Museum's Lecture Theatre on the first Monday of the month during the winter, with world-class astronomers joining members to explore new concepts and discoveries. The group also have observing sessions out and about and special sessions on the Royal Observatory's 28-inch telescope.
In summer, a programme of visits and observing activities are arranged. Flamsteed members will be active during March's National Science Week and the first weekend of every month from 11.30–15.00 in the Astronomers' Garden at the Royal Observatory to offer visitors the chance to view the Sun through a solar telescope donated to the Museum by the Flamsteed Astronomy Society.
Membership of the Flamsteed Astronomy Society costs £80 for an individual membership, £120 for joint membership and £63 for concessionary membership. This includes the price of the standard Museum membership. See How to join.
Find out more on the Flamsteed Astronomy Society's website.
The Red Planet, by Professor Carolin Crawford
Monday 8 June 2015
19.15 | Lecture Theatre, NMM
Many robotic spacecraft have been sent to explore the cold, dry and dusty surface of Mars. They reveal a world not so dissimilar to Earth, shaped by meteor impacts, volcanic activity, weather and flash flooding. In addition, recent discoveries inform us about the possibilities for life on Mars – both in the past and the present.
Carolin Crawford is an observational astronomer with over 20 years of active research experience, carried out alongside – and later eclipsed by – a growing role in the public communication of science. This was recognised by her appointment as the Professor of Astronomy for Gresham College. She currently combines this post with admissions and undergraduate teaching for Emmanuel College, and running the public outreach at the Institute of Astronomy at Cambridge University.