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Giant cosmic tsunami wakes up comatose galaxies
Galaxies are often found in clusters, with many 'red and dead' neighbours that stopped forming stars in the distant past. Now an international team of astronomers, led by Andra Stroe of Leiden Observatory and David Sobral of Leiden and the University of Lisbon, have discovered that these comatose galaxies can sometimes come... More
Last updated on Friday, 24 April 2015 10:58
Published on Friday, 24 April 2015 05:01
As bright as a hundred million Suns: the clusters of monster stars that lit up the early universe
The first stars in the Universe were born several hundred million years after the Big Bang, ending a period known as the cosmological 'dark ages' – when atoms of hydrogen and helium had formed, but nothing shone in visible light. Now two Canadian researchers have calculated what these objects were like: they find that the... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 22 April 2015 10:59
Published on Wednesday, 22 April 2015 05:01
2015 elections of RAS President & Council
Elections for President and Councillors of the RAS are now open. The RAS Council is the governing body of the Society, and is led by the President. In 2015, elections are being held for the position of President and five Councillors. In addition, two Vice-Presidents are being elected unopposed. Full details of the nominees... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 21 April 2015 15:14
Published on Tuesday, 21 April 2015 15:14
Cold Spot suggests largest structure in Universe: a supervoid 1.3 billion light years across
Astronomers may have found "the largest individual structure ever identified by humanity", according to Dr István Szapudi of the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Dr Szapudi and his team report their findings in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. A map of the cosmic microwave background made using... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 21 April 2015 14:25
Published on Monday, 20 April 2015 08:57
Dark matter not so 'dark' after all?
Astronomers believe they might have observed the first potential signs of dark matter interacting with a force other than gravity. An international team of scientists, led by researchers at Durham University, UK, made the discovery by using the Hubble Space Telescope to view the simultaneous collision of four distant galaxies... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 15 April 2015 16:58
Published on Tuesday, 14 April 2015 23:01
Extended consultation on changes to the RAS byelaws
The ongoing consultation on changes to the RAS byelaws has been extended. These are important changes to the constitution of the society and we invite Fellows to comment on the draft byelaws. Council thanks all those who have provided responses already. There will be an additional opportunity to meet with the drafting group to... More
Last updated on Thursday, 02 April 2015 11:32
Published on Thursday, 02 April 2015 11:30
Astronomers solve decades-long mystery of the "lonely old stars"
Many, perhaps most, stars in the Universe live their lives with companions by their sides – in so-called binary systems. Until recently, however, the ancient RR Lyrae stars appeared, for mysterious reasons, to live their lives all alone. A recent study led by Chilean astronomers shows that RR Lyrae stars may not be... More
Last updated on Monday, 13 April 2015 13:08
Published on Wednesday, 01 April 2015 17:00
Space and astronomy digest: April 2015
The April digest of upcoming space and astronomy events. Highlights this month include the annual meeting of the European Geosciences Union.   10 April: Accretion States and Feedback: Royal Astronomical Society, Burlington House, London The compact remnants of stars i.e. white dwarfs, neutron stars and stellar-mass... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 31 March 2015 16:38
Published on Tuesday, 31 March 2015 16:38
Job vacancy: Library assistant (part time)
The RAS is seekng to recruit a part-time library assistant to help with essential collection management activities in its world-class library. This is a temporary post for one year. The post holder will work with the Librarian for 7 hours per week, either as a full day with one hour for lunch, or as two sessions of 3.5 hours... More
Last updated on Monday, 30 March 2015 15:58
Published on Monday, 30 March 2015 15:49
RAS and IOP back UK bid for HQ of world’s largest telescope
The Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) and the Institute of Physics (IOP) have responded to the decision of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Organisation to extend its selection process to decide on where to site the permanent headquarters of the array. Artist's impression of the antennas within the central core of the Square... More
Last updated on Monday, 23 March 2015 13:58
Published on Monday, 23 March 2015 11:33