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Helen Walker 1953-2017
The RAS offers its condolences to the family and friends of Dr Helen Walker, who sadly passed away in September following a 5-month illness.  Dr Helen Walker. Credit: Royal Astronomical Society   Dr Walker was a noted space scientist, a leading light in the UK IYA2009 celebrations, and an advocate for women in... More
Last updated on Thursday, 21 September 2017 16:08
Published on Thursday, 21 September 2017 11:20
 
EWASS 2018 - first announcement
The European Astronomical Society (EAS) and the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) are pleased to announce the joint EWASS and National Astronomy Meeting (NAM) in 2018. It will be held for the first time in Liverpool, United Kingdom from 3 to 6 April 2018. This year, the Scientific Organizing Committee has selected a wide range... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 20 September 2017 15:58
Published on Wednesday, 20 September 2017 15:56
 
Leon Mestel 1927-2017
The RAS offers its condolences to the family and friends of Professor Leon Mestel, who sadly passed away in September at the age of 90.  Prof. Leon Mestel FRS. Credit: Lucinda Douglas-Menzies   Prof. Mestel was Emeritus Professor at the University of Sussex, and his research interests ranged from stellar structure... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 19 September 2017 15:20
Published on Tuesday, 19 September 2017 15:20
 
RAS congratulates Cassini-Huygens team on an amazing 20 years
Tomorrow (15 September) sees the final demise of the Cassini spacecraft, as it plunges into the atmosphere of Saturn, after 20 years of continuous discovery. The Royal Astronomical Society (RAS), the leading UK body for astronomy, space science and geophysics, counts among its members many of those involved in the mission, and... More
Last updated on Friday, 15 September 2017 09:03
Published on Thursday, 14 September 2017 11:46
 
Supernova simulations reveal mysteries of dying stars
An international team of astronomers have created the longest consistent 3D model of a neutrino-driven supernova explosion to date, helping scientists to better understand the violent deaths of massive stars. The research, conducted using supercomputers in Australia, Germany, and the DiRAC facility in the UK, is published in... More
Last updated on Thursday, 14 September 2017 07:31
Published on Thursday, 14 September 2017 07:30
 
New supernova analysis reframes dark energy debate
The accelerating expansion of the Universe may not be real, but could just be an apparent effect, according to new research published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. The new study—by a group at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand—finds the fit of Type Ia supernovae to... More
Last updated on Thursday, 14 September 2017 07:19
Published on Wednesday, 13 September 2017 21:00
 
Astronomers spun up by galaxy-shape finding
It sounds simple, but measuring a galaxy’s true 3D shape is a tricky problem that astronomers first tried to solve 90 years ago. However, for the first time astronomers have measured how a galaxy’s spin affects its shape, in new research published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical... More
Last updated on Friday, 08 September 2017 15:43
Published on Monday, 11 September 2017 15:00
 
Are we being watched? Tens of other worlds could spot the Earth
A group of scientists from Queen’s University Belfast and the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Germany have turned exoplanet-hunting on its head, in a study that instead looks at how an alien observer might be able to detect Earth using our own methods. They find that at least nine exoplanets are ideally... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 06 September 2017 10:19
Published on Friday, 08 September 2017 09:00
 
Accretion-powered pulsar reveals unique timing glitch
The discovery of the largest timing irregularity yet observed in a pulsar is the first confirmation that pulsars in binary systems exhibit the strange phenomenon known as a ‘glitch’. The study is published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.   Pulsars are one possible result of the final... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 06 September 2017 09:17
Published on Wednesday, 06 September 2017 09:15
 
Crab nebula in the limelight: a unified model for the entire radiation spectrum
The origin of cosmic rays, high-energy particles from outer space constantly impacting on Earth, is among the most challenging open questions in astrophysics. Now new research published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society sheds new light on the origin of those energetic... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 05 September 2017 08:58
Published on Tuesday, 05 September 2017 08:57