The next meeting of the Flamsteed Society will be in one week's time on Monday November 5 in the NMM Lecture Theatre. Dr Francisco Diego will be talking about "What the stars have done for us: from Astrology to Astrophysics". Francisco should be good for his usual fireworks (sorry) -- following his last set of instructions to us, I've almost completed my own home proton cyclotron, but I have to wait until we empty the cornflakes box before I can cut it up.
We'll also be running the annual Flamsteed Book Sale on November 5. We'll have over 200 books on offer, mostly astronomy and popular science but all other kinds of subjects too. The book sale will start at 6:30pm and run until Francisco's talk starts, resuming afterwards.
The new Flamsteed season is off to a great start. Many of us have already enjoyed a Walk the Willett Way with Dave Rooney, and Tony Sizer's telescope workshop in September. Robin Catchpole's lecture on stellar evolution got lots of complimentary comments. You can see reports on all these on the Flamsteed website, www.flamsteed.info.
There are lots more excellent Flamsteed events to come. We're beginning planning for the Flamsteed Xmas Party on December 3, which features a talk on the star of Bethlehem by Rod Jenkins. Now the clocks have gone back and evenings are decently dark again :-) we're also making arrangements for Flamsteed sessions with the ROG 28-inch Great Equatorial refractor -- more later. For details on Flamsteed subs and how to join, see the Flamsteed website.
Comet 17P/Holmes is making quite a splash at the moment. In addition to Das Baskill's blog, we've seen some good observing reports, and Tony Sizer sent in a couple of excellent pics -- see the Flamsteed Picture Gallery There's also a super full Moon photo by John Bartlett -- great first effort. Thanks to all!
Visitor notice: On Sunday 4 March Cutty Sark and the museum car park will be closed for the Vitality Big Half Marathon. All other museums will be open as normal and DLR and rail links will be running. Find out about road closures