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Winners of the RAS thesis prizes
The RAS is pleased to announce the winners of its prizes for the best PhD theses completed in the UK during 2013. Two prizes are awarded annually: the Michael Penston Prize for the best thesis in astronomy and astrophysics, and the Keith Runcorn Prize for the best thesis in geophysics and planetary science. The prizes are... More
Last updated on Friday, 01 August 2014 12:38
Published on Friday, 01 August 2014 11:02
 
Less to the Milky Way than previously thought
The Milky Way is less massive than astronomers previously thought, according to new research.  For the first time, scientists have been able to precisely measure the mass of the galaxy that contains our Solar system. A team led by researchers at the University of Edinburgh have found that the Milky Way is approximately... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 30 July 2014 13:47
Published on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 23:01
 
Mapping dark matter, 4.5 billion light years away
Using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, an international team of astronomers have mapped the mass within a galaxy cluster more precisely than ever before. Created using observations from Hubble's Frontier Fields observing programme, the map shows the amount and distribution of mass within MCS J0416.1–2403, a massive galaxy... More
Last updated on Friday, 25 July 2014 11:30
Published on Thursday, 24 July 2014 14:00
 
Diversity questionnaire
The RAS is committed to enhancing diversity throughout the fields of astronomy and geophysics, through the work of its Committee on Diversity in Astronomy and Geophysics (CDAG). As part of this effort we want to better understand the diverse composition of our communities, in particular the membership of the RAS itself. We are... More
Last updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014 16:56
Published on Thursday, 17 July 2014 13:12
 
Call for grant applications - new criteria
The RAS welcomes applications for funding under its ongoing grants scheme. The deadline for the next round of grants is 15 August 2014. Applications should normally be for sums between £250 and £5,000 (restrictions apply). Note that new criteria apply. The RAS offers grants in support of research or study in any areas of... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 16 July 2014 17:25
Published on Wednesday, 16 July 2014 17:22
 
Winners of the NAM poster prizes
The RAS congratulates the winners of the prizes for best poster presentations at this year's National Astronomy Meeting (NAM). Awards were made in two categories: PhD students, and postdoctoral researchers. In each category the winner received a prize of £350 and the runner up received £150.   PhD students Winner:... More
Last updated on Thursday, 10 July 2014 14:41
Published on Thursday, 10 July 2014 14:32
 
Carbon monoxide predicts ‘red and dead’ future of gas guzzler galaxy
Astronomers have studied the carbon monoxide in a galaxy over 12 billion light years from Earth and discovered that it's running out of gas, quite literally, and headed for a 'red and dead' future. The research is reported in a paper published today in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. Five... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 09 July 2014 11:07
Published on Wednesday, 09 July 2014 11:05
 
Astronomers bring the third dimension to a doomed star's outburst
Astronomers have created a detailed 3D model of the expanding cloud of debris produced in the outburst of a doomed star. The model can be reproduced at home by anyone with a 3D printer. The team report their findings in a paper published today in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. A new shape model... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 08 July 2014 15:08
Published on Tuesday, 08 July 2014 14:58
 
Small, but plentiful: how the faintest galaxies illuminated the early universe
Astronomers investigating behaviour of the universe shortly after the Big Bang have made a surprising discovery: the properties of the early universe are determined by the smallest galaxies. The team report their findings in a paper published today in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. A view of the... More
Last updated on Monday, 07 July 2014 09:31
Published on Monday, 07 July 2014 00:01
 
RAS Fellows honoured in Institute of Physics awards
The Royal Astronomical Society congratulates its Fellows who have been honoured with awards from the Institute of Physics (IoP). In its 2014 awards, announced on 1 July, the IoP recognised the achievements of: Prof. Anthony R. Bell FRAS (Oxford University and Rutherford Appleton Laboratory), who receives the Hoyle medal for... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 01 July 2014 16:09
Published on Tuesday, 01 July 2014 16:00