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Space and astronomy digest: August 2015
The August digest of upcoming space and astronomy news events. This month sees the General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union, the annual maximum of the Perseids meteor shower and the launch of the HTV-5 vehicle to the International Space Station.   3-14 August: IAU XXIX General Assembly, Honolulu,... More
Last updated on Thursday, 30 July 2015 10:34
Published on Thursday, 30 July 2015 10:34
Treasure hunting in archive data reveals clues about black holes’ diet
Using archival data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, and the XMM-Newton and Chandra X-ray telescopes, a team of astronomers have discovered a gigantic black hole, which is probably destroying and devouring a massive star in its vicinity. With a mass of 100 million times more than our Sun, this is the largest black hole caught... More
Last updated on Thursday, 23 July 2015 08:59
Published on Thursday, 23 July 2015 09:00
ALMA Witnesses Assembly of Galaxies in the Early Universe for the First Time
The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), a radio observatory sited in Chile, has been used to detect the most distant clouds of star-forming gas yet found in normal galaxies in the early Universe. The new observations allow astronomers to start to see how the first galaxies were built up and how they cleared the... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 21 July 2015 08:54
Published on Wednesday, 22 July 2015 11:00
Education, Outreach and Diversity Officer: maternity cover
The Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) is looking for a multi-talented self-starter to be our Education, Outreach and Diversity Officer. This is a temporary position, to cover the incumbent postholder while she takes maternity leave, and reflects our deepening commitment to public engagement. You will be within a small team of 20... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 21 July 2015 16:01
Published on Tuesday, 21 July 2015 15:47
RAS signs Climate Communique
 With 23 other UK-based learned societies and professional bodies, the Royal Astronomical Society has signed a joint communique urging world leaders to act on climate change at the forthcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference. Wind turbines may be a key source of clean and renewable energy for the future. Credit:... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 22 July 2015 15:59
Published on Tuesday, 21 July 2015 11:45
Dead galaxies in Coma Cluster may be packed with dark matter
Galaxies in a cluster roughly 300 million light years from Earth could contain as much as 100 times more dark matter than visible matter, according to an Australian study. The research, published today (20 July) in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, used powerful computer simulations to study galaxies that have... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 21 July 2015 11:45
Published on Sunday, 19 July 2015 23:01
Gaia satellite and amateur astronomers spot one in a billion star
An international team of astronomers have used the European Space Agency's Gaia satellite to discover a unique binary system where one star is ‘eating’ the other, but neither star has any hydrogen, the most common element in the Universe. The system could be an important tool for understanding how binary stars might explode... More
Last updated on Friday, 17 July 2015 13:10
Published on Friday, 17 July 2015 12:20
RAS awards ceremony
Last Wednesday (8 July) distinguished astronomers from the UK and around the world came to Llandudno to receive awards and medals at the annual RAS National Astronomy Meeting. Hosted by comedian and amateur astronomer Jon Culshaw and RAS President Prof Martin Barstow, the honours recognised the achievements of scientists in... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 14 July 2015 08:46
Published on Monday, 13 July 2015 13:53
Deep space images shed light on dark matter
First Results from the KiDS Survey (montage). Credit: Kilo-Degree Survey Collaboration/A. Tudorica & C. Heymans/ESO. Click for a full-size image New images of deep space are helping to shed light on dark matter, the invisible material that accounts for more than 80 per cent of all the matter in the Universe. The... More
Last updated on Friday, 10 July 2015 08:45
Published on Thursday, 09 July 2015 14:00
Erupting every year and on the brink of catastrophe: the ‘best candidate’ supernova
Using the robotic Liverpool Telescope, an international team of scientists has found what looks like the best pre-explosion candidate yet for a ‘type 1a’ supernova, where a massive and extremely dense star in the Andromeda Galaxy is dragging material away from its companion. This star is set to be completely destroyed in... More
Last updated on Thursday, 09 July 2015 12:50
Published on Thursday, 09 July 2015 09:00