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NAM 2016: First media announcement
Around 500 astronomers and space scientists will gather at the University of Nottingham, from 27 June – 1 July, for the Royal Astronomical Society National Astronomy Meeting (NAM 2016). The conference is the largest regular professional astronomy event in the UK and will see leading researchers from around the world... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 03 May 2016 10:14
Published on Tuesday, 03 May 2016 10:14
Call for nominations for 2017 medals and prizes
Nominations are now being invited for RAS Medals and Prizes to be awarded in January 2017. The deadline for nominations is 31 July 2016 for most awards, with the exception of the Patrick Moore Medal and our new Annie Maunder Medal for Outreach which have a deadline of 30 September 2016. The Gold Medal of the RASA list of the... More
Last updated on Friday, 29 April 2016 13:20
Published on Friday, 29 April 2016 13:19
Rare transit of Mercury to take place on 9 May
On 9 May there will be a rare transit of Mercury, when the smallest planet in our Solar System will pass directly between the Earth and the Sun. The last time this happened was in 2006, and the next two occasions will be in 2019 and 2032. During the transit, which takes place in the afternoon and early evening in the UK,... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 27 April 2016 13:37
Published on Wednesday, 27 April 2016 13:37
2016 elections of Council
Elections for Councillors of the RAS are now open, and fellows can log on to the Fellow's website where they can place their vote. The RAS Council is the governing body of the Society, and is led by the President. In 2016, elections are being held for the position of five Councillors. In addition, Treasurer, Secretary (G) and... More
Last updated on Friday, 29 April 2016 09:06
Published on Tuesday, 19 April 2016 15:06
Astronomers in South Africa discover mysterious alignment of black holes
Deep radio imaging by researchers in the University of Cape Town and University of the Western Cape, in South Africa, has revealed that supermassive black holes in a region of the distant universe are all spinning out radio jets in the same direction – most likely a result of primordial mass fluctuations in the early... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 12 April 2016 19:43
Published on Monday, 11 April 2016 14:51
Laser cloaking device could help us hide from aliens
Two astronomers at Columbia University in New York suggest humanity could use lasers to conceal the Earth from searches by advanced extraterrestrial civilisations. Professor David Kipping and graduate student Alex Teachey make the proposal in a paper in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. Several prominent... More
Last updated on Thursday, 31 March 2016 14:07
Published on Thursday, 31 March 2016 14:00
Space and astronomy digest: April 2016
The April digest of upcoming space, astronomy and geophysics events. Highlights this month include a conference on making use of extraterrestrial resources, and the launches of an ESA Earth Observation mission and a Russian gamma ray, cosmic ray and transient observatory.   8 April: RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting:... More
Last updated on Thursday, 31 March 2016 09:39
Published on Thursday, 31 March 2016 09:35
RAS Fellows win Geological Society awards
Professor Monica Grady and Mr Paul Denton have won awards from the Geological Society. Prof Grady is an internationally renowned space scientist at the Open University. Her work includes instruments on the Philae spacecraft that made the first soft landing on a comet in 2015 and many years of analysis of meteorites. She is... More
Last updated on Monday, 21 March 2016 12:31
Published on Monday, 21 March 2016 12:31
Hubble unveils monster stars
Astronomers using the unique ultraviolet capabilities of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have identified nine monster stars with masses over 100 times the mass of the Sun in the star cluster R136. This makes it the largest sample of very massive stars identified to date. The results, which will be published in the journal... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 16 March 2016 10:02
Published on Thursday, 17 March 2016 15:00
The Way to the Stars
2016 is the centenary of the admission of women to RAS Fellowship. As part of our celebration of the year, the Society commissioned Time Will Tell Theatre to create a dramatization of the history of female astronomers, leading up to the decision to finally admit women on an equal basis to men. The play was first performed at... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 16 March 2016 15:03
Published on Wednesday, 16 March 2016 14:46