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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
 
UK skies set to dim in decade’s deepest solar eclipse
On 20 March a total eclipse of the Sun will take place, visible from the North Atlantic Ocean. Observers in the UK and Ireland will see a partial solar eclipse, with up to 97% of the Sun blocked out. This will be the deepest eclipse in the UK since 1999 and until 2026. The partial phase of the total eclipse of 2006, rotated to... More
Last updated on Friday, 13 March 2015 11:16
Published on Tuesday, 10 March 2015 18:56
 
Space and astronomy digest: March 2015
The March digest of upcoming space and astronomy events. Highlights this month include the arrival of Dawn at Ceres and the deepest solar eclipse in the UK this decade.   6 March: Dawn spacecraft arrives at Ceres March 6 sees the arrival of the NASA-led Dawn spacecraft at the dwarf planet Ceres, the largest object in... More
Last updated on Friday, 27 February 2015 14:58
Published on Friday, 27 February 2015 09:30
 
Astronomers find newborn stars at the edge of the Galaxy
Brazilian astronomers have made a remarkable discovery: clusters of stars forming on the very edge of the Galaxy. The team, led by Denilso Camargo of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre, Brazil, publish their results in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. The Milky Way, the... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 04 March 2015 10:45
Published on Friday, 27 February 2015 06:01
 
Consultation on proposed changes to the RAS byelaws
The RAS is currently consulting Fellows on proposed changes to the Society's byelaws. Details are given in the following documents: 2015 consultation on the RAS byelaws Proposed changes to the RAS byelaws As part of the consultation, two informal question and answer sessions are being held. Fellows will be able to... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 15:47
Published on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 13:39
 
Does dark matter cause mass extinctions and geologic upheavals?
Research by New York University Biology Professor Michael Rampino concludes that Earth's infrequent but predictable path around and through our Galaxy's disc may have a direct and significant effect on geological and biological phenomena occurring on Earth. In a new paper in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, he... More
Last updated on Thursday, 19 February 2015 11:23
Published on Thursday, 19 February 2015 06:00
 
Job vacancy: Assistant Editor (MNRAS)
The RAS is currently inviting applications from suitably-qualified individuals for the position of Assistant Editor (MNRAS). The deadline for applications is 20 March 2015. We are looking for a full-time Assistant Editor to process research papers submitted for publication to our leading research journal Monthly Notices of the... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 18 February 2015 11:30
Published on Wednesday, 18 February 2015 11:28
 
Online videos of RAS talks are now available
The RAS is pleased to announce that we are making videos of talks at our meetings available online. Interested viewers can subscribe to the RAS Youtube channel, or visit the following areas of our website: Videos of Public Lectures Videos of talks at the Ordinary Meetings Only a small number of videos are available at... More
Last updated on Friday, 13 February 2015 15:01
Published on Friday, 13 February 2015 14:47
 
Call for grant applications - February 2015 round
The RAS welcomes applications for funding under its ongoing grants scheme. The deadline for the next round of grants is 15 February 2015. Applications should normally be for sums between £250 and £5,000 (restrictions apply). The RAS offers grants in support of research or study in any areas of astronomy and geophysics,... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 03 February 2015 17:44
Published on Tuesday, 03 February 2015 17:44
 
Space and astronomy digest: February 2015
The February digest of upcoming space, astronomy and geophysics events. This month sees the launch of an experimental European spacecraft, conferences on the nature of plate tectonics, new ways of studying the universe and the upper atmosphere of the Earth, and a public lecture on the hazards and benefits of... More
Last updated on Monday, 02 February 2015 16:34
Published on Monday, 02 February 2015 16:04