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Red stars and big bulges: how black holes shape galaxies
The universe we can see is made up of billions of galaxies, each containing anywhere from hundreds of thousands to hundreds of billions of stars. Large numbers of galaxies are elliptical in shape, red and mostly made up of old stars. Another (more familiar) type is the spiral, where arms wind out in a blue thin disc from a... More
Last updated on Thursday, 24 April 2014 13:31
Published on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 05:00
 
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
 
Solved: mysteries of a nearby planetary system
Mysteries of one of the most fascinating nearby planetary systems now have been solved, report authors of a scientific paper published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. The study, which presents the first viable model for the planetary system orbiting one the first stars discovered to have... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 10:39
Published on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 09:00
 
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