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Spring bank holiday closure
The RAS offices at Burlington House will be closed for the Spring bank holiday. The last day Fellows and visitors can make use of the facilities is Friday 27 May 2016. The RAS is then closed from 28-31 May inclusive. We will re-open on Wednesday 01 June. We apologise for any delay in responding to enquiries over this period.
Last updated on Thursday, 26 May 2016 13:50
Published on Thursday, 26 May 2016 13:49
 
Number of habitable planets could be limited by stifling atmospheres
New research has revealed that fewer than predicted planets may be capable of harbouring life because their atmospheres keep them too hot. An international team describe the work in a paper in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. When looking for planets that could harbour life, scientists look for planets in the... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 25 May 2016 13:45
Published on Wednesday, 25 May 2016 23:01
 
NASA telescopes find clues for how giant black holes formed so quickly
Using data from three of NASA's Great Observatories, astronomers have the found the best evidence yet for cosmic seeds in the early universe that should grow into supermassive black holes. Researchers combined data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, Hubble Space Telescope, and Spitzer Space Telescope to identify these... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 25 May 2016 14:17
Published on Wednesday, 25 May 2016 14:17
 
Stellar cannibalism transforms star into brown dwarf
Astronomers have detected a sub-stellar object that used to be a star, after being consumed by its white dwarf companion. The research, which appears in the journal Nature, was partly supported by a grant from the Royal Astronomical Society. An international team of astronomers made the discovery by observing a very faint... More
Last updated on Thursday, 19 May 2016 06:34
Published on Thursday, 19 May 2016 06:28
 
Cometary Belt around Distant Multi-planet System Hints at Hidden or Wandering Planets
Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) radio observatory in Chile have made the first high-resolution image of the belt of comets (a region analogous to the Kuiper belt in our own Solar System, where Pluto and may smaller objects are found) around HR 8799, the only star where multiple planets... More
Last updated on Thursday, 19 May 2016 09:14
Published on Tuesday, 17 May 2016 19:01
 
Election results 2016: new RAS Council
The results of the 2016 RAS elections were announced at the Annual General Meeting of the Society on Friday 13 May.   The following Fellows were elected to serve on Council, the governing body of the Society: Treasurer: Dr Nigel Berman Secretary (G): Prof Lyndsay Fletcher Vice President (A): Prof Hiranya Peiris Vice... More
Last updated on Thursday, 26 May 2016 10:51
Published on Friday, 13 May 2016 15:51
 
Notice of 2016 Annual General Meeting
The 196th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the RAS will be held in the lecture theatre of the Geological Society, Burlington House, London, on Friday 13th May 2016 at 16:00. It is open to RAS Fellows and staff members only.   The General Meeting of Fellows is the ultimate authority in the affairs of the society, with the... More
Last updated on Friday, 06 May 2016 15:05
Published on Friday, 06 May 2016 14:43
 
Galaxy-sized peanuts? Astronomers use new imaging software to detect double ‘peanut shell’ galaxy
Astronomers at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, have discovered an unusually shaped structure in two nearby disc galaxies. The Swinburne team recently developed new imaging software, making it possible to observe the double “peanut shell shape” formed by the distribution of stars bulging from the centres of... More
Last updated on Thursday, 05 May 2016 15:56
Published on Friday, 06 May 2016 00:01
 
Obituary: Professor Richard Davis OBE FRAS
The Royal Astronomical Society is very sorry to learn of the death of radio astronomer Professor Richard Davis OBE, who had been a member of Council from 2012 to 2015. He had hoped to serve on Council again, and was a candidate in this year's elections.   Professor Martin Barstow, President of the Royal Astronomical... More
Last updated on Thursday, 05 May 2016 13:23
Published on Thursday, 05 May 2016 13:22
 
NAM 2016: First media announcement
Around 500 astronomers and space scientists will gather at the University of Nottingham, from 27 June – 1 July, for the Royal Astronomical Society National Astronomy Meeting (NAM 2016). The conference is the largest regular professional astronomy event in the UK and will see leading researchers from around the world... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 03 May 2016 10:14
Published on Tuesday, 03 May 2016 10:14