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Summer bank holiday closure 2016
The RAS offices at Burlington House will be closed for the Summer bank holiday. The last day Fellows and visitors can make use of the facilities is Friday 26 August 2016. The RAS is then closed from 27 August to 30 August inclusive. We will re-open on Wednesday 31 August. We apologise for any delay in responding to enquiries... More
Last updated on Thursday, 25 August 2016 11:43
Published on Thursday, 25 August 2016 11:43
Astronomers identify a young heavyweight star in the Milky Way
Astronomers have identified a young star, located almost 11,000 light years away, which could help us understand how the most massive stars in the Universe are formed. This young star, already more than 30 times the mass of our Sun, is still in the process of gathering material from its parent molecular cloud, and may be even... More
Last updated on Friday, 19 August 2016 15:06
Published on Monday, 22 August 2016 09:00
Temporary Administrative Officer
The Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) is looking for an enthusiastic and bright individual to be their Administrative Officer for a period of one year. Reporting to the Office, Events & Buildings Manager this is a key supporting role within a small team of 16 RAS staff based in Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, and is a... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 16 August 2016 13:43
Published on Tuesday, 16 August 2016 13:35
Open House at the RAS 2016
Have you ever wondered what is in the RAS apartments at Burlington House? On Saturday 17 September 2016 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 Wednesday, 10 August 2016 10:52
Published on Wednesday, 10 August 2016 10:52
Perseid meteors could see 'surge in activity' on 11 and 12 August
Friday 12 August sees the annual maximum of the Perseid meteor shower. This year, as well as the normal peak on the night of 12/13 August, meteor scientists are predicting additional enhanced activity in the shower the night before, as the Earth passes through a dense clump of cometary debris. A Perseid shooting star near the... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 10 August 2016 10:29
Published on Tuesday, 09 August 2016 10:08
Faintest hisses from space reveal famous star's past life
Astronomers have managed to peer into the past of a nearby star millions of years before its famous explosion, using a telescope in remote outback Australia at a site free from FM radio interference. Research led by a student at the University of Sydney, and including an international team of astronomers observing the region at... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 02 August 2016 09:58
Published on Tuesday, 02 August 2016 09:48
A Giant Stellar Void in the Milky Way
A major revision is required in our understanding of our Milky Way Galaxy according to an international team led by Prof Noriyuki Matsunaga of the University of Tokyo. The Japanese, South African and Italian astronomers find that there is a huge region around the centre of our own Galaxy, which is devoid of young stars. The... More
Last updated on Monday, 01 August 2016 10:20
Published on Tuesday, 02 August 2016 01:01
'Particles' to celebrate 200th anniversary of Royal Astronomical Society
The National Eisteddfod of Wales, held at Abergavenny from 29 July until 6 August, will host the Sun and stars. Cheek by jowl with a political party on one side and a writers’ group on the other, will be a sensory installation of light, colour, optics and sound. Gronynnau (Particles) by artists Jessica Lloyd-Jones and Ant... More
Last updated on Friday, 29 July 2016 09:00
Published on Friday, 29 July 2016 08:36
Jupiter’s Great Red Spot heats planet’s upper atmosphere
Researchers from Boston University's (BU) Center for Space Physics report today (27 July) in Nature that Jupiter's Great Red Spot may provide the mysterious source of energy required to heat the planet's upper atmosphere to the unusually high values observed. The work, led by Dr James O'Donoghue of BU, was kick-started by a... More
Last updated on Thursday, 28 July 2016 13:44
Published on Wednesday, 27 July 2016 17:01
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 Tuesday, 19 July 2016 09:54
Published on Tuesday, 19 July 2016 09:54