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August bank holiday
Due to the August bank holiday in England & Wales, the RAS will be closed for a long weekend. We will close at the end of the day on Friday 22 and re-open on the morning of Wednesday 27 August.
Last updated on Friday, 22 August 2014 12:50
Published on Friday, 22 August 2014 12:50
 
NASA's NuSTAR sees rare blurring of black hole light
Scientists have used NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR), an orbiting X-ray telescope, to capture an extreme and rare event in the regions immediately surrounding a supermassive black hole. A compact source of X-rays that sits near the black hole, called the corona, has moved closer to the black hole over a... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 13 August 2014 09:53
Published on Tuesday, 12 August 2014 18:01
 
Public consultation on space weather - how should we prepare?
A public consultation on space weather, an area of interest to many RAS Fellows, is currently under way. Space weather caused by solar activity can impact on power grids here on Earth. Credit: K. Turnbull / J. Wild / ESASpace weather is caused by natural processes which affect the conditions in nearby space and the Earth's... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 12 August 2014 14:15
Published on Tuesday, 12 August 2014 14:03
 
White dwarfs crashing into neutron stars explain the loneliest supernovae
A research team led by astronomers and astrophysicists at the University of Warwick have found that some of the Universe’s loneliest supernovae are likely created by the collisions of white dwarf stars into neutron stars. Dr Joseph Lyman from the University of Warwick is the lead researcher on the paper, which is published in... More
Last updated on Friday, 08 August 2014 12:52
Published on Friday, 08 August 2014 10:01
 
Astronomers find stream of gas – 2.6 million light years long
Astronomers and students have found a bridge of atomic hydrogen gas 2.6 million light years long between galaxies 500 million light years away. They detected the gas using the William E. Gordon Telescope at the Arecibo Observatory, a radio astronomy facility of the US National Science Foundation sited in Puerto Rico. The team... More
Last updated on Thursday, 07 August 2014 14:22
Published on Thursday, 07 August 2014 13:00
 
Planet-like object may have spent its youth as hot as a star
Astronomers have discovered an extremely cool object that could have a particularly diverse history - although it is now as cool as a planet, it may have spent much of its youth as hot as a star. The team publish their results in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. The current temperature of the... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 05 August 2014 14:24
Published on Tuesday, 05 August 2014 13:00
 
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 Tuesday, 05 August 2014 10:37
Published on Thursday, 17 July 2014 13:12