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Solar viewing with the FAS (Mike Meynell)Solar viewing with the Flamsteed Astronomy Society. Credit: Mike Meynell, FAS Moon over the Planetarium by Mike MeynellMoon over the Peter Harrison Planetarium. Credit: Mike Meynell, FAS 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.

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Space Debris: How Dangerous Is It? by Professor Richard Crowther

Monday 13 April 2015

19.15, Lecture Theatre, NMM

Professor Richard Crowther is Chief Engineer at the UK Space Agency. He was Head of the Space Technology Division at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory until 2008, with primary research interests in man-made orbital debris planetary protection, and Near Earth Objects (NEOs – asteroids and comets that pass close to earth).

This presentation will discuss the issue of space debris and consider the technical and policy challenges that confront space actors, when dealing with the growing man-made collision hazard. He may also comment on the veracity or otherwise of the film Gravity.

Professor Crowther is currently head of the UK Delegations to the Inter-Agency Debris Committee and the United Nations Committee of Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN COPUOS). He has acted in the past as Chair of the UN Working Group on Near Earth Objects within COPUOS, and leads the UK Delegation to the European Space Agency’s International Relations Committee. He is one of 15 members of the Group of Governmental Experts appointed by the UN in 2012 to examine transparency and confidence building measures in outer space. Professor Crowther is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, and was recently elected to the International Institute of Space Law and the International Academy of Astronautics.