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RAS statement on the outcome of the EU referendum
The referendum on 23 June on membership of the United Kingdom in the European Union resulted in a vote to leave. Although the RAS made no formal recommendation to its members, evidence from groups like the Campaign for Science and Engineering suggests that an overwhelming majority of scientists and engineers - including the... More
Last updated on Friday, 24 June 2016 13:46
Published on Friday, 24 June 2016 13:46
 
The EU referendum: statement from the RAS
On 23 June there will be a referendum on UK membership of the European Union. The Royal Astronomical Society has not made any recommendation to its UK members on how to vote in the referendum. The Society recognises that EU membership has benefits for science, including astronomy, space science and geophysics. It fosters... More
Last updated on Friday, 24 June 2016 14:07
Published on Monday, 20 June 2016 08:16
 
How black hole jets break out of their galaxies
A simulation of the powerful jets generated by supermassive black holes at the centres of the largest galaxies explains why some burst forth as bright beacons visible across the universe, while others fall apart and never pierce the halo of the galaxy. A team led by University of California physicist Alexander Tchekhovskoy... More
Last updated on Friday, 17 June 2016 11:06
Published on Friday, 17 June 2016 10:02
 
Black holes and the prospects for measuring gravitational waves
The supermassive black holes found at the centre of every galaxy, including our own Milky Way, may, on average, be smaller than we thought, according to work led by University of Southampton astronomer Dr Francesco Shankar. If he and his colleagues are right, then the gravitational waves produced when they merge will be harder... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 15 June 2016 13:53
Published on Wednesday, 15 June 2016 13:53
 
Small planets hiding in giant cloaks
Hazes and clouds high up in the atmospheres of exoplanets may make them appear bigger than they really are, according to new research by astronomers at the Space Research Institute (IWF) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. The team, led by researcher Dr Helmut Lammer, publish their results in a letter to Monthly Notices of the... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 14 June 2016 10:58
Published on Tuesday, 14 June 2016 23:01
 
Prof Sheila Rowan becomes Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland
Prof Sheila Rowan, Director of the Institute for Gravitational Research at the University of Glasgow and a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, has been appointed as the new Chief Scientific AdviserProf Sheila Rowan, the Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland. Credit: University of Glasgow (CSA) for Scotland. Prof Rowan... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 15 June 2016 09:54
Published on Tuesday, 14 June 2016 17:04
 
Prof John Brown awarded OBE
Prof John Brown, Astronomer Royal for Scotland and Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, has been appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Until 2010 Prof Brown led the Glasgow University research group in theory and modelling of solar and stellar plasmas, and was... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 14 June 2016 10:15
Published on Tuesday, 14 June 2016 10:15
 
Asteroseismologists listen to the relics of the Milky Way: sounds from the oldest stars in our Galaxy
Astrophysicists from the University of Birmingham have captured the sounds of some of the oldest stars in our galaxy, the Milky Way, according to research published today in thejournal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. An image of the globular star cluster M4, made with the MPG/ESO 2.2-m telescope at the La... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 07 June 2016 11:19
Published on Tuesday, 07 June 2016 09:09
 
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, 03 June 2016 11:43
Published on Friday, 03 June 2016 09:35
 
A new Einstein Ring
A multinational team of astronomers have found a new Einstein Ring, a rare image of a distant galaxy lensed by gravity. The scientists, from Spain, Italy and the USA, report their discovery in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. In his seminal general theory of relativity published a century ago, Albert Einstein... More
Last updated on Thursday, 02 June 2016 10:23
Published on Thursday, 02 June 2016 10:21