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Astronomers observe star reborn in a flash
Using the Hubble Space Telescope, an international team of astronomers has been able to study stellar evolution in real time. Over a period of 30 years dramatic increases in the temperature of the star SAO 244567 have been observed. Now the star is cooling again, having been reborn into an earlier phase of stellar evolution.... More
Last updated on Thursday, 15 September 2016 09:12
Published on Tuesday, 13 September 2016 14:01
Call for applications: RAS Research Fellowship & Norman Lockyer Fellowship 2017
The RAS will award one RAS Research Fellowship and one Norman Lockyer Fellowship in 2017, to begin on 1 October 2017 or within 6 months thereafter. Each fellowship provides post-doctoral funding for up to three years. The RAS Research Fellowship is offered to outstanding candidates to enable them to pursue research... More
Last updated on Monday, 05 September 2016 12:54
Published on Friday, 02 September 2016 11:30
Sun|trek : Here Comes the Sun
  Helen Mason, FRAS, has been awarded an STFC Public Engagement Fellowship.   Helen's project will capitalise on her diverse range of current activities to develop a lasting legacy of her work with schools (the Sun, space (Tim Peake) and art). The main objective is to inspire students to engage with science... More
Last updated on Thursday, 01 September 2016 14:30
Published on Thursday, 01 September 2016 13:20
Astronomers identify a young heavyweight star in the Milky Way
Astronomers have identified a young star, located almost 11,000 light years away, which could help us understand how the most massive stars in the Universe are formed. This young star, already more than 30 times the mass of our Sun, is still in the process of gathering material from its parent molecular cloud, and may be even... More
Last updated on Friday, 19 August 2016 15:06
Published on Monday, 22 August 2016 09:00
Open House at the RAS 2016
Have you ever wondered what is in the RAS apartments at Burlington House? On Saturday 17 September 2016 we will be opening our doors to the public so they can look around this magnificent building. The RAS entrance hall, where tours will begin. Click to enlarge.All of the learned societies based at Burlington House are... More
Last updated on Friday, 09 September 2016 14:38
Published on Wednesday, 10 August 2016 10:52
Perseid meteors could see 'surge in activity' on 11 and 12 August
Friday 12 August sees the annual maximum of the Perseid meteor shower. This year, as well as the normal peak on the night of 12/13 August, meteor scientists are predicting additional enhanced activity in the shower the night before, as the Earth passes through a dense clump of cometary debris. A Perseid shooting star near the... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 10 August 2016 10:29
Published on Tuesday, 09 August 2016 10:08
Faintest hisses from space reveal famous star's past life
Astronomers have managed to peer into the past of a nearby star millions of years before its famous explosion, using a telescope in remote outback Australia at a site free from FM radio interference. Research led by a student at the University of Sydney, and including an international team of astronomers observing the region at... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 02 August 2016 09:58
Published on Tuesday, 02 August 2016 09:48
A Giant Stellar Void in the Milky Way
A major revision is required in our understanding of our Milky Way Galaxy according to an international team led by Prof Noriyuki Matsunaga of the University of Tokyo. The Japanese, South African and Italian astronomers find that there is a huge region around the centre of our own Galaxy, which is devoid of young stars. The... More
Last updated on Monday, 01 August 2016 10:20
Published on Tuesday, 02 August 2016 01:01
'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