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Monster galaxies gain weight by eating smaller neighbours
Massive galaxies in the Universe have stopped making their own stars and are instead snacking on nearby galaxies, according to research by Australian scientists. They publish their results in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. In about five billion years time, nearby massive galaxy Andromeda will... More
Last updated on Friday, 19 September 2014 10:57
Published on Friday, 19 September 2014 05:00
 
219 million stars: a detailed catalogue of the visible Milky Way
A new catalogue of the visible part of the northern part of our home Galaxy, the Milky Way, includes no fewer than 219 million stars. Geert Barentsen of the University of Hertfordshire led a team who assembled the catalogue in a ten year programme using the Isaac Newton Telescope (INT) on La Palma in the Canary Islands. Their... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 14:46
Published on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 05:01
 
Open House at the RAS
Have you ever wondered what is in the RAS apartments at Burlington House? On Saturday 20 September 2014 we will be opening our doors to the public so they can look around this magnificent building. The RAS entrance hall, where tours will begin. Click to enlarge.All of the learned societies based at Burlington House are... More
Last updated on Monday, 15 September 2014 16:40
Published on Monday, 15 September 2014 16:34
 
Star cluster shows lithium shortfall is widespread
Taking a new look at an old object, astronomers have found a long standing mystery is more prevalent than they thought. The team, who used the VLT Survey Telescope in northern Chile to observe the globular star cluster Messier 54, report that this object has unexpectedly low levels of the element lithium. This deficit, which... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 10 September 2014 10:57
Published on Wednesday, 10 September 2014 10:00
 
Call for applications: RAS Research Fellowships 2015
The RAS will award two RAS Research Fellowships in 2015, to begin on 1 October 2015 or within 6 months thereafter. Each fellowship provides post-doctoral funding for up to three years. The fellowships are offered to outstanding candidates to enable them to pursue research in the UK in the disciplines advanced by the RAS i.e.... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 09 September 2014 17:11
Published on Tuesday, 09 September 2014 16:34
 
Interactive dark matter could explain Milky Way’s missing satellite galaxies
Scientists believe they have found a way to explain why there are not as many galaxies orbiting the Milky Way as expected. Computer simulations of the formation of our galaxy suggest that there should be many more small galaxies around the Milky Way than are observed through telescopes. This has thrown doubt on the generally... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 09 September 2014 10:01
Published on Monday, 08 September 2014 23:01
 
Space and astronomy digest: September 2014
The latest digest of upcoming news and astronomy events, from the RAS. This month sees two spacecraft arrive at Mars, the launch of the latest mission to the International Space Station and the first Paul Ruffle memorial lecture.   13 September: The Paul Ruffle memorial lecture 2014: Exoplanets and how to find them:... More
Last updated on Friday, 29 August 2014 14:42
Published on Friday, 29 August 2014 11:50
 
Nominations of teachers are invited for the Patrick Moore medal
Nominations are invited for the award of the RAS Patrick Moore medal. The medal is awarded annually for 'a particularly noteworthy contribution to astronomy or geophysics by secondary school level teachers'. Nominations can be submitted by anyone, including teachers who wish to propose themselves. There is no need to be a... More
Last updated on Thursday, 28 August 2014 14:54
Published on Thursday, 28 August 2014 11:33
 
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 Tuesday, 02 September 2014 17:06
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