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Science and Innovation strategy: RAS response
The UK government published its new Science and Innovation strategy on Wednesday 17 December. The new document, “Our Plan for Growth: science and innovation” includes a number of positive announcements and restatements of support for projects in astronomy and geophysics, such as the capital funding for the Square Kilometre... More
Last updated on Friday, 19 December 2014 23:35
Published on Friday, 19 December 2014 23:27
 
Christmas and new year closure
The RAS offices at Burlington House will be closed over the Christmas and New Year period. The RAS Christmas tree for 2014 is adorned with crocheted planets, aliens and other astronomical objects. Click to enlarge. Fellows and guests can make use of the facilities until 12 noon on Tuesday 23 December 2014. The RAS will re-open... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 17 December 2014 14:21
Published on Wednesday, 17 December 2014 14:18
 
Stretched-out solid exoplanets
Astronomers could soon be able to find rocky planets stretched out by the gravity of the stars they orbit, according to a group of researchers in the United States. The team, led by Prabal Saxena of George Mason University, describe how to detect these exotic worlds in a paper in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal... More
Last updated on Monday, 15 December 2014 16:01
Published on Monday, 15 December 2014 00:01
 
GJI 2014 Student Author Award winners
Geophysical Journal International (GJI) is delighted to announce the two winners of its Student Author Awards for 2014. The awards are designed to recognise and acknowledge the 'best' papers submitted to GJI by young scientists in the field. Manuscripts are short listed by the high profile Editorial Board and are highlighted... More
Last updated on Thursday, 11 December 2014 16:31
Published on Thursday, 11 December 2014 16:31
 
Job vacancy: Finance Manager / Accountant
The RAS is currently inviting applications from suitably-qualified individuals for the position of Finance Manager / Accountant, to start in early 2015. We are seeking an individual of graduate calibre who is a professionally qualified accountant with 3 years post qualification experience (ACA/ACCA/CIMA). Applicants must have... More
Last updated on Friday, 05 December 2014 18:38
Published on Friday, 05 December 2014 18:34
 
Autumn Statement: response from the Royal Astronomical Society
The UK Government yesterday published its Autumn Statement, which sets out public sector spending plans and expected economic performance. The ESA ExoMars programme will include an orbiting spacecraft and a rover on the surface of the planet. Credit: ESA.In science, new announcements included an additional commitment of £55m... More
Last updated on Thursday, 04 December 2014 14:54
Published on Thursday, 04 December 2014 14:50
 
Astronomers detect atomic hydrogen emission in galaxies at record breaking distances
Using the world's largest radio telescope, two astronomers from Swinburne University of Technology in Australia have detected the faint signal emitted by atomic hydrogen gas in galaxies three billion light years from Earth, breaking the previous record distance by 500 million light years. Their results appear in a paper... More
Last updated on Monday, 15 December 2014 16:03
Published on Wednesday, 03 December 2014 11:39
 
RAS 200: £1m for public engagement
Organisations, clubs, community groups and scientists have two months to bid for a share of a new £1m public engagement fund. The RAS 200: Sky & Earth grants scheme, which opened for applications today, is the next step in a programme supporting innovative public engagement projects in astronomy and geophysics that marks... More
Last updated on Monday, 01 December 2014 14:34
Published on Monday, 01 December 2014 11:52
 
Space and astronomy digest: December 2014
The latest digest of upcoming space and astronomy news events. Highlights this month include the test launch of the Orion spacecraft and the maximum of the Geminids meteor shower.     4 December: Test launch of Orion multi-purpose crew vehicle, Florida, United States An uncrewed test flight of the Orion spacecraft... More
Last updated on Monday, 01 December 2014 11:39
Published on Monday, 01 December 2014 11:26
 
RAS statement on Shirtgate / Shirtstorm
Last week saw the successful landing of the Philae space probe on the surface of Comet 67/P Churyumov-Gerasimenko. This is a huge achievement for the European Space Agency and for the many scientists and engineers who worked on this project. At the press conference announcing the landing, the lead scientist chose to wear a... More
Last updated on Friday, 21 November 2014 19:52
Published on Friday, 21 November 2014 19:49