General information for everyone
Introduction to astronomy
If you are interested in astronomy but don’t know where to start, we have prepared this general introduction, which includes some guidance on buying a telescope.
In response to some frequently asked questions, the RAS has produced the following fact sheets:
The International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA 2009) was a global celebration of astronomy and its contributions to society and culture, marking 400 years since the monumental leap forward that followed Galileo Galilei’s first use of the telescope for astronomical observations. UK events are detailed here.
Contact an astronomer
Although professional astronomers often have to use observatories in countries less affected by light pollution than the UK, there are a large number of instruments used by the amateur community or for training students.
Did you know…
The RAS has a piece of Newton's apple tree.
A selection of articles from the Society's journal, Astronomy & Geophysics (A&G), are available online: