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Throughout the year information will be given about popular talks and events in which Friends of the RAS may be interested in - as well as special meetings arranged in Burlington House.


To become a Friend of the Royal Astronomical Society, simply send your name, address, email address and telephone number with a cheque (made out to 'The Royal Astronomical Society') for £40 (for single membership) or £50 (membership for two people at the same address) to the Office, Events & Buildlng Manager, Royal Astronomical Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BQ (Email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ). Alternatively, to pay by Credit or Debit Card or Direct Debit please request an application form from the email address above.


Previous Events

Friends of the RAS Only Lecture: The Stories of Apollo: A Private Collection of Rare Artefacts from the NASA Missions to the Moon
Date: 19 Jan 2017
Time: 18:00
FRIENDS LECTURE: Thursday, 19 January 2017The Stories of Apollo: A Private Collection of Rare Artefacts from the NASA Missions to the MoonDr Michael Warner/Mark Yates6 – 7pm, RAS Lecture Theatre (no ...

Friends of the RAS (only) Lecture: The History of the Solar System Revealed by Lunar Samples
Date: 22 Nov 2016
Time: 13:00
The History of the Solar System Revealed by Lunar SamplesDr Louise Alexander, Birkbeck UniversityRAS Lecture Theatre (no booking required - Friends of the RAS only)   The surface of the Moon ha ...

Friends of the RAS Only Lecture: Gravitational Waves: Discovery and Implications
Date: 13 Sep 2016
Time: 13:00
In February this year it was announced that gravitational waves had, at long last, been detected. Predicted 100 years ago and searched for over a period of 40 years, this announcement marked a technol ...

Friends of the RAS (only) Lecture: Martian meteorites
Date: 12 Jul 2016
Time: 13:00
Martian meteorites Ms Jane MacArthur   We currently have identified around 90 unique martian meteorites that landed on Earth. The initial group, known as "SNCs" after the Shergotty, Nakhla and ...

Friends of the RAS only Lecture: The Eclipse of 2015 Revisited
Date: 8 Jun 2016
Time: 18:00
On March 20th 2015 a total eclipse of the Sun swept across the North Atlantic. The only places where a total eclipse could be seen from land were the Faroe Islands (where it was largely clouded out) a ...

FRIENDS ONLY LECTURE: Pluto: then and now
Date: 19 Apr 2016
Time: 13:00
In 2015, 85 years after Pluto was discovered, it was finally reached by the New Horizons space probe, and what the probe found there transformed our understanding of that distant world. Far from the d ...