The RAS holds regular monthly meetings from October to May covering all aspects of astronomy and solid-earth geophysics, planetary sciences and solar-terrestrial physics. Usually, a pair of Specialist Discussion meetings for Fellows are followed by a more general Astronomy & Geophysics ('Ordinary') meeting, open to the public, of which a number of the talks are available here Ordinary Meeting Videos.
These regular meetings are held on the second Friday of the month, normally in the RAS and Geological Society lecture theatres (both at Burlington House, London). A map to these locations can be found here, and webcasts/podcasts of a number of meetings are available.
E-bulletins summarising imminent meetings can be subscribed to freely.
Specialist Discussion Meetings cover all branches of astrophysics and solid-earth geophysics (including, but not limited to, cosmology, astrobiology, astrochemistry, astroparticle physics, computational astrophysics; geophysical fluid dynamics, planetary sciences, solar-terrestrial physics). If you would like to give a talk at a Specialist Discussion Meeting, please contact the Meeting Organizer.
'Astronomy & Geophysics' (A&G) meetings, also called Ordinary Meetings, have more diverse programmes of talks, at a level accessible to a general audience of scientists (and advanced amateurs). If you would like to give a talk at an A&G Meeting, please contact the Senior Secretary.
N.B.: A&G Meetings are open to all, with free admission. Registration charges are levied for the February BGA meeting, and for non-Fellows attending any RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting.
A RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by *Ian Browne (Manchester)
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A RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by *Kathryn Harriss and Mark Burchell (Kent)
Water ice is a dominant material within the solar system, theorised to make up 50% of the mass of material beyond the solar system frost line. This leads to ice landscapes, features and bodies being studied using a number of techniques on number of differing planetary bodies. Recent explorations have shown more ice regions and landscapes on Pluto, Ceres and comet 67-P that have ignited many fields of planetary sciences to focus on the icy bodies from landscapes and internal structures to impact studies to cyrovolcanism to degassing of asteroids and comets and the implications for astrobiology.
The aim of this discussion meeting to discuss the latest research into the surface of icy bodies and regions in the solar system. We invite all whose work include the investigations of ices including weathering, astrobiology, landscapes and surfaces of different planetary bodies. We welcome research from all aspects of research including computational modelling, laboratory and field work.
10:30 Kathryn Harriss University of Kent
10:40 Carl Murray Queen Mary, University of London
11:10 Geraint Jones MSSL, University College London/Birkbeck
11:25 Emmal Safi Keele University
Laboratory Studies of Clathrate Hydrates with Relevance to Icy Solar System Bodies
11:40 Si-Ting Xiong MSSL, University College London
Three dimensional block reconstruction of subsurface Martian South Polar layer deposits using MARIS,SHARAD,MOLA and HRSC DTMs
11:55 Alfiah Rizky, Diana Putri MSSL, University College London
Solar Polar Cap (SPRC) Mapping and Detecting its changes
12:10 Jacqueline Campbell MSSL, University College London
12:25 Frances Butcher, The Open University
Eskers associated with extant glaciers in midlatitude graben on Mars: evidence for
Impact investigations into multi layered targets with an ice crust
A water ice cap on main-belt asteroids (24) Themis
D/H Fractionation during Sublimation of Water Ice at Low temperatures into a Vacuum
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS MEETING IS BEING HELD IN THE LECTURE THEATRE OF THE SOCIETY OF ANTIQUARIES, BURLINGTON HOUSE RATHER THAN THE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY, BURLINGTON HOUSE
Investigation of Alternative Capacitor Designs for High-Sensitivity Astronomical Applications
KEITH RUNCORN THESIS PRIZE
RAS 2016 GEORGE DARWIN LECTURE
A RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by *Colin Forsyth and Nadine Kalmoni (UCL-MSSL); Hanna Dahlgren (Southampton/KTH); Clare Watt (Reading)
Aurora occur on a range of time, spatial and energy scales at planets throughout the solar system and beyond. They are a key indicator of plasma-physical processes and the interconnectedness of the Sun and planets. Ionospheric auroral displays offer important insights into the full 3D dynamics of the coupled solar wind - magnetoshpere - ionosphere system.
Mapping dynamic auroral features at a range of temporal and spatial scales into the magnetosphere can provide insights into the locations and growth of instabilities, changes in particle populations and the shape of the magnetosphere. Given the relative ease with which observations of the aurora can be made from the ground versus directly observing the source region in space, the aurora provide a key diagnostic tool for examining processes in the magnetosphere.
Observations of the aurora with state of the art instrumentation have called into question some of our basic assumptions about the energisation of magnetospheric particles that lead to auroral emissions particularly in terms of the timescales involved and the spatial scales over which this occurs, whilst space telescopes continue to provide new insights into high energy auroral processes at other planets. In-situ magnetospheric measurements also continue to provide crucial information on the characteristics of the auroral particle populations and their source regions. In the future, it is hoped that new multi-platform missions will provide continuous, unimpeded views of the aurora as well as observing temporal changes in the particle and electromagnetic structures and waves that drive them.
In this meeting, we will bring together papers discussing aurora at a range of time, space and energy scales along with the processes that drive them to determine new commonalities and new difficulties in our understanding of these dynamic phenomena.
A RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by *David Valls-Gabaud (Cambridge); Jonathan.Davies (Cardiff)
A RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by *Poshak Gandhi (Southampton);
With the successful launch of ISRO's ASTROSAT in 2015, and a few transformative results that emerged from JAXA's Hitomi (ASTRO-H) mission in 2016, a new window has been opened into high sensitivity fast timing and high X-ray spectral resolution. Together with upcoming all-sky survey missions expected very soon, X-ray astronomy is entering a new era of parameter space exploration.
A RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by *Luke Barnard, Chris Scott and Mat Owens (Reading)
A RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by *Licia Ray (Lancaster); Jonathan Nichols (Leicester); Sarah Badman (Lancaster)
A RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by Dr Mike Childress (Southampton);
A RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by *Helen Walker (STFC/RAL); Andrew Holland (Open); Ross Burgon (Open)
Please note not usual second Friday of the month date due to Good Friday falling then, plus earlier start and finish times.
A RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by *Robert Crittenden (Portsmouth);
Please not not usual 2nd Friday of month date due to Good Friday falling then, plus earlier start and finish times.
A RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by *Sarah Bridle (Manchester); Bob Mann (Edinburgh)
A RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by Andy Nowacki (Leeds)
The AGM is only open to Fellows; non-Fellows intending to attend the following Ordinary meeting are welcome to wait in the Lower Library of the Geological Society.