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.
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.
In April, the meeting is usually subsumed into the annual week-long RAS National Astronomy Meeting (NAM). 2013 and 2014 are exceptions, as NAM has been moved to July for both those years.
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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.
An RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by Rob Fender (Oxford)*, Steve Balbus (Oxford), Chris Done (Durham), Christian Knigge (Southampton)
*Contact: rob.fender AT astro.ox.ac.uk
Distinct accretion "states", distinguished by their spectral and temporal properties, which in turn reflect the geometry, optical depth and radiative efficiency of the accretion flows, have been clearly identified in white dwarfs, stellar-mass black holes and neutron stars. These states have been clearly linked to modes of kinetic and radiative feedback in complex but repeatable ways. They have also probably been
identified in supermassive black holes, and understanding the duration and luminosity of a state in any given time period may be the key to understanding feedback from AGN over cosmological time. In this meeting we will summarize and discuss the state of the art in our empirical understanding of these accretion states and associated feedback, and some of the underlying theories for their origin.
Spectroscopy of Airless Bodies in wavelengths from the visible to the microwave: Orbital, Telescopic and/or Laboratory Measurements relevant to Mercury, the Moon and AsteroidsDate: 10 Apr 2015
An RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by Kerri Donaldson Hanna* and Neil Bowles (Oxford), Stephen Lowry (Kent), and Simon Green (Open University)
*Contact: DonaldsonHanna AT atm.ox.ac.uk
Airless planetary bodies like Mercury, the Moon and asteroids provide a unique opportunity for studying the formation and evolution of planetary surfaces, as there is no weather or liquid water altering their surfaces. Using the individual strengths of each spectroscopic technique, the composition of a planet's surface can be determined through the identification of spectrally dominant minerals exposed at the surface. Our current knowledge of surface compositions come from the analyses of 1) remotely sensed data from spacecraft and telescopes and 2) laboratory measurements of returned sample material or analogues. Join us for a day of discussion on all things spectroscopic of the airless bodies!
10.30 Opening remarks – Kerri Donaldson Hanna (DonaldsonHanna@atm.ox.ac.uk)
Session 1: Mercury and the Moon - Chair: Neil Bowles (Bowles@atm.ox.ac.uk)
10.35 Alessandro Maturilli, DLR (Keynote Talk) (Alessandro.Maturilli@dlr.de)
'MERTIS seeing Mercury for the first time in the TIR'
10.55 David Rothery, Open University (David.Rothery@open.ac.uk)
'X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy of Mercury's surface and the Mercury Imaging X-ray Spectrometer (MIXS)'
11.10 Huma Irfan, Birkbeck College (firstname.lastname@example.org)
'Mineralogical insights of a landing site of interest in the lunar South Pole from Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3) data from Chandrayaan-1'
11.25 Benjamin Greenhagen, APL Johns Hopkins University (Benjamin.Greenhagen@jhuapl.edu)
'Thermophysical and Compositional Properties of the Moon Revealed by the Diviner Lunar Radiometer'
11.40 Elliot Sefton-Nash, Birkbeck College (email@example.com)
'LRO Diviner thermal infrared observations to constrain the presence of volatiles at the Moon's poles'
11.55 Tristram Warren, University of Oxford (Warren@atm.ox.ac.uk)
'A New Instrument for Studying Directional Thermal Infrared Emission: The Oxford Space Environment Goniometer'
12.10 Kerri Donaldson Hanna, University of Oxford (DonaldsonHanna@atm.ox.ac.uk)
'Characterisation of Airless Body Analogues Under Simulated Near-Surface Conditions Across Thermal Infrared Wavelengths'
Session 2: Asteroids and Comets - Chair: Simon Green (Simon.Green@open.ac.uk) and Stephen Lowry (S.C.Lowry@kent.ac.uk)
12.25 Josh Emery, University of Tennessee (Keynote Talk) (firstname.lastname@example.org)
'Compositional and Physical Characterisation of Asteroids using Near- and Thermal-Infrared Remote Sensing Measurements'
12.45 Stephen Lowry, University of Kent (S.C.Lowry@kent.ac.uk)
'Thermal Modeling of Asteroids'
14.00 Ashley King, Natural History Museum (email@example.com)
'Linking meteorites and asteroids with IR spectroscopy'
14.15 Colin Snodgrass, Open University (Colin.Snodgrass@open.ac.uk)
'Searching for water ice in the Kuiper Belt: NIR photometry on objects too faint for spectroscopy'
14.30 Alan Fitzsimmons, Queen's University Belfast (A.Fitzsimmons@qub.ac.uk)
'How wet are the asteroids?'
14.45 Stefano Bagnulo, Armagh Observatory (firstname.lastname@example.org)
'Spectropolarimetry of Comets and Asteroids'
15.00 Neil Bowles, University of Oxford (Bowles@atm.ox.ac.uk)
'Current data sets and future space based mission and instrument opportunities'
15.15 Wrap-Up Discussion – Simon Green (Simon.Green@open.ac.uk) and Stephen Lowry (S.C.Lowry@kent.ac.uk)
15.30 Tea will be available in the Lower Library of the Geological Society for those attending the Open (Monthly A&G) Meeting of the Royal Astronomical Society
Prof. Michele Dougherty (Imperial) Group Achievement Award Winner G
Dr Joanna Dunkley (Oxford) Fowler Award Winner A
Observing the early universe
Dr Josh Emery (University of Tennessee)
Trojan Asteroids and the Evolution of the Solar System
Dr Geraint Harker (UCL)
Astronomy from the Moon
An RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by Simon Jeffery (Armagh), Don Kurtz (UCLAN), Conny Aerts (KU Leuven)
*Contact: csj AT arm.ac.uk
An RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by Kathy Cashman (Bristol), Quentin Fisher (Leeds), Michael Kendall (Bristol)
Contact: gljmk AT bristol.ac.uk
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.
Please note that this meeting will follow the AGM (16:00 - 17:00 only open to Fellows).
The National Astronomy Meeting 2015 will be held in Venue Cmyru, Llandudno, North Wales on the 5th to 9th July 2015 . Please hold the dates in your diary, www.venuecymru.co.uk
The opening reception will be held on the Sunday evening and the scientific programme will run from Monday to Thursday.