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.
On 9 May 2016 a transit of Mercury will take place, when the planet passes directly between the Earth and the Sun. Transits are rare - this is the first event of its kind since 2006, and the first seen in the UK since 2003 – and after this the next ones are in 2019 and then 2032.
If the weather is clear, then the UK should enjoy a good view of the transit on 9 May. The whole event runs from 1212 BST to 1942 BST, when Mercury will appear as a slowly moving silhouetted disk against the bright solar surface. Because the planet is so small, it only blocks out a tiny part of the light of the Sun. This means it is impossible to see Mercury, and dangerous to try to observe it with the unaided eye, or using a telescope or binoculars without approved specially designed filters.
To allow the public to experience and observe the transit in safety, the RAS is running a special event in the courtyard of Burlington House. Experts will be on hand to operate telescopes with safe solar filters, and a projection device, to give people the chance to see the transit at first hand.
If you would like to come along, Society staff will be on hand from 1200 BST until at least 1600 BST, and probably until the Sun sets over our neighbouring buildings. The telescopes and equipment will be set up outside the Royal Academy.
As well as the live observing event, we will be hosting a live feed of the transit in the RAS lecture theatre, and a special mini-exhibition of Mercury materials in the RAS Library. Both of these rooms are located in our building on the opposite side of the courtyard to the telescopes.
For further information, please visit http://mercury.ras.ac.uk/
An RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by Paula Chadwick
(Durham), Garret Cotter (Oxford)
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The Cherenkov Telescope Array, CTA, will start construction in 2017. It will consist of 2 arrays of telescopes, one in the southern hemisphere and one in the northern hemisphere, which will observe the sky from a few 10s of GeV to 100s of TeV. CTA will be the first true observatory in this waveband, and as such offers opportunities to apply for observing time to astrophysicists across the world, including the UK. The science remit of CTA is wide, including active galactic nuclei, supernova remnants, pulsars, galaxy clusters, the detection of dark matter, the search for quantum gravitational effects and many other exciting topics. With a sensitivity and angular resolution at least 10 times better than any ground-based gamma-ray observatory before it, we expect CTA to transform our view of the high-energy universe. The aim of this meeting is to explore the possibilities for CTA in both astrophysics and astroparticle physics and to look at areas of overlap with other new facilities such as SKA and LSST.
10:30-11:00 An Introduction to the Cherenkov Telescope Array
An RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by Mykola Gordovskyy
(Manchester), James McLaughlin (Northumbria), Sarah Matthews
(MSSL/UCL), Sergei Zharkov (Hull)
The AGM is only open to Fellows; non-Fellows intending to attend the following A&G meeting are welcome to wait in the Lower Library of the Geological Society.
2016 PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS:
Please note that this meeting will follow the AGM (16:00 - 17:00, which is only open to Fellows).
The RAS will be holding an AstroReach Meet, where anyone involved in any form of outreach in Astronomy or Geophysics, whether it is for schools or the public, whether you do it professionally or as an occasional volunteer, is welcomed to the RAS for a day of networking and training. The day will include a talk from the National Autistic Society in making your workshops autism friendly, a teacher's panel, regional coffee meetings, showcases of some of the most innovative projects in the UK and the launch of the Annie Maunder Outreach Medal, along with an optional social in the evening.
The event is completely free. To register please follow this link.