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Space and astronomy digest: September 2015
The September digest of upcoming astronomy, space and geophysics events. This month has a total lunar eclipse, an occultation of the star Aldebaran, and the launches of the latest crew to the International Space Station and India's first dedicated astronomy satellite.   2 September: Launch of Soyuz TMA-18M to the... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 01 September 2015 09:41
Published on Tuesday, 01 September 2015 09:24
 
Call for applications: RAS Research Fellowships 2016
The RAS will award two RAS Research Fellowships in 2016, to begin on 1 October 2016 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 Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:10
Published on Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:10
 
The tumultuous heart of our Galaxy
This new image, from work led by Dr Gabriele Ponti and published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, shows the powerful remnants of dead stars and their mighty action on the surrounding gas from ESA's XMM-Newton X-ray observatory, revealing some of the most intense processes taking place at the centre of our... More
Last updated on Thursday, 20 August 2015 15:43
Published on Thursday, 20 August 2015 14:31
 
Celestial firework marks nearest galaxy collision
A spectacular galaxy collision has been discovered lurking behind the Milky Way. The closest such system ever found, the discovery was announced today by a team of astronomers led by Prof. Quentin Parker at the University of Hong-Kong and Prof. Albert Zijlstra at the University of Manchester. The scientists publish their... More
Last updated on Friday, 14 August 2015 14:11
Published on Sunday, 16 August 2015 23:01
 
Perseid meteors to light up summer skies
  The evening of Wednesday 12 August into the morning of Thursday 13 August sees the annual maximum of the Perseid meteor shower. This year, a new moon makes prospects for watching this natural firework display particularly good.  A Perseid seen in August 2010 above the four enclosures of the European Southern... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 11 August 2015 09:48
Published on Friday, 07 August 2015 11:00
 
UK team win 2 silver medals in Astronomy Olympiad
Three year 13 pupils from the UK have won silver medals in the 9th International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics. William McCorkindale and Bob Cliffe won silver medals, and together with Riswaan Mohammed were the first UK team to enter the competition, which ran from 26 July to 4 August in Magelang, Central Java,... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 05 August 2015 14:41
Published on Wednesday, 05 August 2015 14:37
 
Lost lithium destroyed by ancient stars
Lithium, the lightest metal, used in batteries and mood-stabilising drugs, is rarer than it should be. Models of the period after the Big Bang explain how it, hydrogen and helium were synthesised in nuclear reactions, before the universe cooled enough for the stars and planets that we see today to come into being. Astronomers... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 05 August 2015 10:11
Published on Wednesday, 05 August 2015 10:00
 
5 billion light years across: the largest feature in the universe
A Hungarian-US team of astronomers have found what appears to be the largest feature in the observable universe: a ring of nine gamma ray bursts – and hence galaxies - 5 billion light years across. The scientists, led by Prof Lajos Balazs of Konkoly Observatory in Budapest, report their work in a paper in Monthly Notices of... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 05 August 2015 10:16
Published on Tuesday, 04 August 2015 08:17
 
Space and astronomy digest: August 2015
The August digest of upcoming space and astronomy news events. This month sees the General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union, the annual maximum of the Perseids meteor shower and the launch of the HTV-5 vehicle to the International Space Station.   3-14 August: IAU XXIX General Assembly, Honolulu,... More
Last updated on Thursday, 30 July 2015 10:34
Published on Thursday, 30 July 2015 10:34
 
Treasure hunting in archive data reveals clues about black holes’ diet
Using archival data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, and the XMM-Newton and Chandra X-ray telescopes, a team of astronomers have discovered a gigantic black hole, which is probably destroying and devouring a massive star in its vicinity. With a mass of 100 million times more than our Sun, this is the largest black hole caught... More
Last updated on Thursday, 23 July 2015 08:59
Published on Thursday, 23 July 2015 09:00