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Astrophysicists map out the light energy contained within the Milky Way
For the first time, a team of scientists have calculated the distribution of all light energy contained within the Milky Way, which will provide new insight into the make-up of our galaxy and how stars in spiral galaxies such as ours form. The study is published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical... More
Last updated on Friday, 28 July 2017 09:17
Published on Friday, 28 July 2017 05:00
 
REMINDER: Call for nominations for 2018 medals and prizes
Nominations are now being invited for RAS Medals and Prizes to be awarded in January 2018. The deadline for nominations is 31 July 2017 for most awards, with the exception of the Patrick Moore Medal and the Annie Maunder Medal for Outreach which have a deadline of 30 September 2017. The Gold Medal of the RASA list of the... More
Last updated on Thursday, 27 July 2017 14:17
Published on Thursday, 27 July 2017 14:15
 
Milky Way’s origins are not what they seem
In a first-of-its-kind analysis, Northwestern University astrophysicists have discovered that, contrary to previously standard lore, up to half of the matter in our Milky Way galaxy may come from distant galaxies. As a result, each one of us may be made in part from extragalactic matter. The study, which required the equivalent... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 26 July 2017 09:47
Published on Thursday, 27 July 2017 01:00
 
Job vacancy: RAS Executive Director
Job Advertisement   Executive Director The Royal Astronomical Society   The Royal Astronomical Society is looking for a new Executive Director to provide direction, leadership and motivation to the Society, its resources and dedicated professional staff. The Society promotes and disseminates the study... More
Last updated on Thursday, 27 July 2017 15:01
Published on Wednesday, 26 July 2017 12:32
 
Superluminous supernova marks the death of a star at cosmic high noon
The death of a massive star in a distant galaxy 10 billion years ago created a rare superluminous supernova that astronomers say is one of the most distant ever discovered. The brilliant explosion, more than three times as bright as the 100 billion stars of our Milky Way galaxy combined, occurred about 3.5 billion years after... More
Last updated on Friday, 21 July 2017 17:14
Published on Friday, 21 July 2017 17:12
 
Spiral arms allow school children to weigh black holes
Astronomers from Swinburne University of Technology, Australia, and the University of Minnesota Duluth, USA, have provided a way for armchair astronomers, and even primary school children, to merely look at a spiral galaxy and estimate the mass of its hidden, central black hole. The research was supported by the Australian... More
Last updated on Thursday, 20 July 2017 15:44
Published on Thursday, 20 July 2017 15:33
 
Burlington House Courtyard Summer Late: Colours of Burlington House
See the Burlington House Courtyard like never before and discover the six learned societies that reside here, furthering the study of art, history and science and sharing it with audiences around the world.   Lantern slide showing spectra of the Sun and stars which was used by Mary Proctor during her public lectures.... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 19 July 2017 17:24
Published on Wednesday, 19 July 2017 15:16
 
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 2016.   Prizes are awarded annually: the Michael Penston Prize for the best thesis in astronomy and astrophysics, the Keith Runcorn Prize for the best thesis in geophysics and planetary science, and the Patricia... More
Last updated on Friday, 14 July 2017 16:31
Published on Friday, 14 July 2017 11:02
 
Call for grant applications - August 2017 round
The RAS welcomes applications for funding under its ongoing grants scheme. The deadline for the next round of grants is 15 August 2017. 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 Thursday, 13 July 2017 11:41
Published on Thursday, 13 July 2017 11:41
 
Cosmic “dust factory” reveals clues to how stars are born
A group of scientists led by researchers at Cardiff University have discovered a rich inventory of molecules at the centre of an exploded star for the very first time. The findings are published today in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. This artist's illustration of Supernova 1987A reveals the... More
Last updated on Monday, 10 July 2017 15:05
Published on Monday, 10 July 2017 15:00