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'Particles' to celebrate 200th anniversary of Royal Astronomical Society
The National Eisteddfod of Wales, held at Abergavenny from 29 July until 6 August, will host the Sun and stars. Cheek by jowl with a political party on one side and a writers’ group on the other, will be a sensory installation of light, colour, optics and sound. Gronynnau (Particles) by artists Jessica Lloyd-Jones and Ant... More
Last updated on Friday, 29 July 2016 09:00
Published on Friday, 29 July 2016 08:36
 
Jupiter’s Great Red Spot heats planet’s upper atmosphere
Researchers from Boston University's (BU) Center for Space Physics report today (27 July) in Nature that Jupiter's Great Red Spot may provide the mysterious source of energy required to heat the planet's upper atmosphere to the unusually high values observed. The work, led by Dr James O'Donoghue of BU, was kick-started by a... More
Last updated on Thursday, 28 July 2016 13:44
Published on Wednesday, 27 July 2016 17:01
 
Call for nominations for 2017 medals and prizes
Nominations are now being invited for RAS Medals and Prizes to be awarded in January 2017. The deadline for nominations is 31 July 2016 for most awards, with the exception of the Patrick Moore Medal and our new Annie Maunder Medal for Outreach which have a deadline of 30 September 2016. The Gold Medal of the RASA list of the... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 19 July 2016 09:54
Published on Tuesday, 19 July 2016 09:54
 
Nominations open for Annie Maunder Medal
Nominations are open for the new Annie Maunder Medal, awarded by the Royal Astronomical Society for an outstanding contribution to outreach and public engagement in astronomy or geophysics. The award was created as part of the Society's 2016 celebration of the centenary of the admission to women to Fellowship. It commemorates... More
Last updated on Monday, 18 July 2016 09:58
Published on Monday, 18 July 2016 09:56
 
Deepest Ever Look into Orion
Astronomers have unveiled the deepest view yet of the heart of the Orion Nebula. The scientists used the HAWK-I infrared instrument, deployed on the Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile, part of the European Southern Observatory (ESO), to create the spectacular image. It reveals about ten times as many brown dwarfs (objects... More
Last updated on Monday, 11 July 2016 14:57
Published on Tuesday, 12 July 2016 10:00
 
Astronomers find evidence for 'direct collapse' black hole
Astronomers Aaron Smith and Volker Bromm of The University of Texas at Austin, working with Avi Loeb of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, have discovered evidence for an unusual kind of black hole born extremely early in the universe. They showed that a recently discovered unusual source of intense radiation is... More
Last updated on Thursday, 07 July 2016 09:28
Published on Thursday, 07 July 2016 09:27
 
Accelerating research into dark energy
A quick method for making accurate, virtual universes to help understand the effects of dark matter and dark energy has been developed by scientists at University College London and the Aragon Centre for Cosmological Studies (CEFCA) in Spain. Making up 95% of our universe, these substances have profound effects on the birth and... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 06 July 2016 09:02
Published on Wednesday, 06 July 2016 23:01
 
Earth-size telescope tracks the aftermath of a star being swallowed by a supermassive black hole
Radio astronomers have used a radio telescope network the size of the Earth to zoom in on a unique phenomenon in a distant galaxy: a jet activated by a star being consumed by a supermassive black hole. The record-sharp observations reveal a compact and surprisingly slowly moving source of radio waves, with details published in... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 05 July 2016 12:28
Published on Wednesday, 06 July 2016 06:01
 
ALMA discovers dew drops surrounding dusty spider’s web
Astronomers have spotted glowing droplets of condensed water in the distant Spiderweb Galaxy – but not where they expected to find them. Detections with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) show that the water is located far out in the galaxy and therefore cannot be associated with central, dusty,... More
Last updated on Friday, 01 July 2016 11:13
Published on Friday, 01 July 2016 11:11
 
In the blink of a cosmic eye: chance microlensing events probe galactic cores
Some galaxies pump out vast amounts of energy from a very small volume of space, typically not much bigger than our own solar system. The cores of these galaxies, so called Active Galactic Nuclei or AGNs, are often hundreds of millions or even billions of light years away, so are difficult to study in any detail.... More
Last updated on Friday, 01 July 2016 08:52
Published on Friday, 01 July 2016 08:06