Lecture to honour Denby’s Astronomer Royal

Popular BBC series Stargazing Live is set to return to TV screens - and to mark the occasion a public event is set to honour Denby’s pioneering watcher of the skies.

Chesterfield Library is due to host ‘In the footsteps of Flamsteed’ on Tuesday, January 14, from 7.30pm.

The event will see local historian Dr Mike Lancaster explore the life of John Flamsteed, the first Royal Astronomer, who was born in Denby in 1646.

Tickets cost £3 or £2 for concessions and are available from the library or by calling 01629 533400.

John Flamsteed spent his late teens studying the skies after he was forced into a sedentary life through chronic ill health.

He wrote his first paper on astronomy in 1665 aged 19.

Just ten years later came his appointment as Astronomer Royal with an allowance of £100 per year. He helped with the founding of the Royal Greenwich Observatory the following year and lived there until 1684.

He held the prestigious post until his death in 1719, cataloguing some 3,000 stars.