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Christmas and New Year closure
The RAS offices at Burlington House will be closed over the Christmas and New Year period. Fellows and guests can make use of the facilities until  1 pm on Friday, 22 December 2017. The RAS will re-open at 9:30 am on Wednesday, 3 January 2018.   Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to all our Fellows!  
Last updated on Thursday, 14 December 2017 16:36
Published on Thursday, 14 December 2017 16:36
 
RAS Demographic Survey results
The UK astronomy and geophysics community is larger than ever, according to the results of the latest demographic survey from the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS), published in the December issue of Astronomy & Geophysics, the RAS in-house journal. But it remains overwhelmingly white, there is only a slow improvement in the... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 13 December 2017 11:55
Published on Wednesday, 13 December 2017 11:42
 
Astro4Dev Mobility grants: applications open
Applications are now open for the next round of RAS-OAD Astro4Dev mobility grants: coordinated by the Office of Astronomy for Development in partnership with the Royal Astronomical Society, this mobility funding has the goal of establishing or nurturing research, educational and/or development related collaborations between the... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 12 December 2017 16:14
Published on Tuesday, 12 December 2017 16:14
 
RAS Vice-President Professor Hiranya Peiris shares Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics
Professor Hiranya Peiris, one of the vice-presidents of the Royal Astronomical Society, is part of the team of winners of the 2018 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics. The scientists worked on the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) satellite, launched in 2001. Over the following nine years, WMAP charted the tiny... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 12 December 2017 15:22
Published on Tuesday, 12 December 2017 15:22
 
Philip Diamond to be new RAS Executive Director
Philip Diamond, currently the Associate Director for Policy and Programmes at the Institute of Physics, will be the next Executive Director of the Royal Astronomical Society, beginning his new role in January 2018. Philip studied physics at university and spent his early career as a medical physicist at the Royal Free Hospital... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 13 December 2017 10:58
Published on Monday, 11 December 2017 14:46
 
Traces of life on nearest exoplanets may be hidden in equatorial trap
New simulations show that the search for life on other planets may well be more difficult than previously assumed, in research published today in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. The study indicates that unusual air flow patterns could hide atmospheric components from telescopic observations, with... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 29 November 2017 16:23
Published on Wednesday, 29 November 2017 11:00
 
Travel bursaries available for LGBT+ STEMinar
In addition to being a platinum sponsor for the second year running, the RAS is offering three travel bursaries of up to £100 for RAS Fellows that wish to attend theLGBT+ STEMinar at the University of York, but who may require some assistance with the costs of travel. Applicants will need to meet the following... More
Last updated on Saturday, 25 November 2017 08:30
Published on Saturday, 25 November 2017 07:40
 
‘Monster’ Planet Discovery Challenges Formation Theory
A giant planet, which should not exist according to planet formation theory, has been discovered around a distant star. The new research, led by astronomers at the University of Warwick, is presented in a paper recently accepted for publication in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. Artist’s... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 31 October 2017 16:03
Published on Tuesday, 31 October 2017 16:03
 
Citizen Scientist Spots Comet Tails Streaking Past Distant Star
Citizen scientist Thomas Jacobs was the first to spot tell-tale signs that a comet was orbiting a distant star monitored by the Kepler Space Observatory. Professor Saul Rappaport (Massachusetts Institute of Technology; MIT) and his team then collaborated with Jacobs to report the discovery in new research published in Monthly... More
Last updated on Thursday, 02 November 2017 14:38
Published on Monday, 30 October 2017 10:00
 
Comet Mission Reveals "Missing Link" in our Understanding of Planet Formation
The missing link in our understanding of planet formation has been revealed by the first ever spacecraft to orbit and land on a comet, say German scientists. The study is published in a recent edition of the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. Schematic representation of the porous surface structure of... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 25 October 2017 16:32
Published on Wednesday, 25 October 2017 16:31