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First Signs of Weird Quantum Property of Empty Space?
By studying the light emitted from an extraordinarily dense and strongly magnetised neutron star using ESO's Very Large Telescope, astronomers may have found the first observational indications of a strange quantum effect, first predicted in the 1930s. The polarisation of the observed light suggests that the empty space around... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 30 November 2016 11:44
Published on Wednesday, 30 November 2016 11:01
Nominations for RAS Council close this Friday
Have you ever thought about becoming more involved with the RAS? The Society is run by a governing Council, which makes major strategic decisions on our future plans, as well as being the legally accountable body for our work. This year we're seeking nominations for the positions of President-Elect (serving from May 2017, then... More
Last updated on Monday, 21 November 2016 10:57
Published on Monday, 21 November 2016 10:57
Call for nominations: PhD thesis prizes
Each year the RAS recognises the best PhD theses in astronomy and geophysics completed in the UK. The deadline to nominate theses completed during 2016 is 31 January 2017. Three prizes are available: the Michael Penston prize for astronomy, the Keith Runcorn prize for geophysics, and the Patricia Tomkins prize for... More
Last updated on Monday, 14 November 2016 11:58
Published on Monday, 14 November 2016 11:55
Australian desert telescope views sky in radio technicolour
A telescope located deep in the West Australian outback has shown what the Universe would look like if human eyes could see radio waves. Published today in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, the GaLactic and Extragalactic All-sky MWA, or ‘GLEAM’ survey, has produced a catalogue of 300,000 galaxies... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 26 October 2016 10:46
Published on Wednesday, 26 October 2016 10:42
RAS website
Apologies, the RAS email server is currently down and won't be back up until lunchtime today, therefore if you need to contact us urgently please call 0207 734 3307.  
Last updated on Monday, 17 October 2016 10:10
Published on Monday, 17 October 2016 10:10
The RAS sponsors Ada Lovelace Day Live!
  To celebrate the centenary of women being allowed to be Fellows of the RAS we were platinum sponsors of Ada Lovelace Day 2016. Ada Lovelace Day was founded by Suw Charman-Anderson in 2009 and aims to raise the profile of women in science, technology, engineering and maths by encouraging people around the world to talk... More
Last updated on Friday, 14 October 2016 13:36
Published on Friday, 14 October 2016 13:18
A universe of two trillion galaxies
An international team of astronomers, led by Christopher Conselice, Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Nottingham, have found that the universe contains at least two trillion galaxies, ten times more than previously thought. The team’s work, which began with seed-corn funding from the Royal Astronomical Society,... More
Last updated on Monday, 24 October 2016 11:26
Published on Thursday, 13 October 2016 14:00
Astronomy is a big star of Ada Lovelace Day
100 years ago the first women became Fellows of the Royal Astronomical Society. To mark this anniversary, the RAS is a platinum sponsor of Ada Lovelace Day (ALD) on 11 October, which celebrates the achievements of women in science. ALD Live! is the flagship event of the day, highlighting leading women in science and... More
Last updated on Thursday, 06 October 2016 10:24
Published on Thursday, 06 October 2016 10:24
Detonating white dwarfs as supernovae
A new mathematical model created by astrophysicists at the American Museum of Natural History, New York, describes how dead stars called white dwarfs could detonate, producing a type of explosion that is instrumental to measuring the extreme distances in our universe. The mechanism, described in a paper in Monthly Notices of... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 05 October 2016 12:27
Published on Wednesday, 05 October 2016 12:27
Astronomers observe star reborn in a flash
Using the Hubble Space Telescope, an international team of astronomers has been able to study stellar evolution in real time. Over a period of 30 years dramatic increases in the temperature of the star SAO 244567 have been observed. Now the star is cooling again, having been reborn into an earlier phase of stellar evolution.... More
Last updated on Thursday, 15 September 2016 09:12
Published on Tuesday, 13 September 2016 14:01