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Elections and AGM
All Fellows of the RAS are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting of the society, and to vote in the election of new members of Council.   Elections The RAS Council is the main decision-making body of the society. Each year, new members are elected by the Fellows. In 2014, elections are being held for two... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 14:05
Published on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 14:00
Easter closure
The RAS offices at Burlington House will be closed over the Easter break. The last day Fellows and visitors can make use of the facilities is Thursday 17 April 2014 (morning only); the RAS will close at 1pm that day. We will re-open on Wednesday 23 April 2014. We apologise for any delay in responding to enquiries over this... More
Last updated on Thursday, 10 April 2014 13:33
Published on Thursday, 10 April 2014 13:33
NAM 2014 abstract submission deadline
The Organising Committees for the RAS National Astronomy Meeting 2014 (NAM 2014) have announced an extension to the deadline for abstract submission. NAM will be held in Portsmouth from 23-26 June 2014. Anyone who would like to present a talk or poster at NAM now has until 11 April 2014 to submit their abstract. Over 400... More
Last updated on Friday, 04 April 2014 16:06
Published on Friday, 04 April 2014 16:06
Space and astronomy digest: April 2014
The April digest of upcoming space and astronomy events, from the RAS. Events this month include the possible crash of the LADEE mission into the lunar surface and a specialist meeting on the science of comets.   8 April: RAS lunchtime lecture: The heartbeat of the stars: Geological Society, Burlington House,... More
Last updated on Monday, 31 March 2014 21:48
Published on Monday, 31 March 2014 21:48
Scientists solve riddle of celestial archaeology
A decades old space mystery has been solved by an international team of astronomers led by Professor Martin Barstow of the University of Leicester and President-elect of the Royal Astronomical Society. The team put forward a new theory for how collapsed stars become polluted – a theory that points to an ominous fate awaiting... More
Last updated on Thursday, 27 March 2014 11:42
Published on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 06:00
RAS statement on Hiranya Peiris and Maggie Aderin-Pocock
The Council and President of the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) have offered unequivocal support to astronomers Dr Hiranya Peiris and Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock. An article in the Daily Mail suggested that they were selected to appear on an episode of the BBC Newsnight programme on the basis of their ethnic background,... More
Last updated on Friday, 21 March 2014 17:35
Published on Friday, 21 March 2014 15:34
Astronomers complete cosmic dust census
An international team of astronomers has completed a benchmark study of more than 300 galaxies, producing the largest census of dust in the local Universe, the Herschel Reference Survey. Led by Dr Luca Cortese from Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia, the team used the Herschel Space Observatory to... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 18 March 2014 11:46
Published on Tuesday, 18 March 2014 09:00
RAS welcomes UK support for SKA and PLATO
The UK Science Minister, David Willetts MP, today announced a total of £113 million of new funding to support UK involvement in the world's most powerful radio telescope and a new space mission that will search for Earth-like planets around other stars. The radio telescope, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), is under... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 14:19
Published on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 14:00
Milky Way amidst a ‘Council of Giants’
We live in a galaxy known as the Milky Way – a vast conglomeration of 300 billion stars, planets whizzing around them, and clouds of gas and dust floating in between. Although it has long been known that the Milky Way and its orbiting companion the Andromeda Galaxy are the dominant members of a small group of galaxies called... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 12 March 2014 12:30
Published on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 06:00
One small star, one small planet... at least!
A group of astronomers from the UK and Chile report the discovery of eight new small planets orbiting nearby red dwarf stars, three of which may be habitable.  From this result the scientists, led by Mikko Tuomi of the University of Hertfordshire, estimate that a large fraction of red dwarfs, which make up at least three... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 04 March 2014 13:57
Published on Tuesday, 04 March 2014 03:00