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Hubble observes one-of-a-kind 'Nasty' star
Using the NASA / ESA Hubble Space Telescope, a team of astronomers has uncovered surprising new clues about a hefty, rapidly ageing star whose behaviour has never been seen before. The researchers publish their work in a paper in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. An artist's impression of the 'Nasty 1' system,... More
Last updated on Friday, 22 May 2015 14:35
Published on Thursday, 21 May 2015 17:06
 
Galaxy’s cannibalistic snacking habits revealed
A team of Australian and Spanish astronomers have caught a greedy galaxy gobbling on its neighbours and leaving crumbs of evidence about its dietary past. Their results have been published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. Galaxies grow by churning loose gas from their surroundings into new stars, or by... More
Last updated on Thursday, 21 May 2015 18:04
Published on Wednesday, 20 May 2015 23:01
 
Left-handed cosmic magnetic field could explain missing antimatter
The discovery of a 'left-handed' magnetic field that pervades the universe could help explain a long standing mystery – the absence of cosmic antimatter. A group of scientists, led by Prof. Tanmay Vachaspati from Arizona State University in the United States, with collaborators at Washington University and Nagoya University,... More
Last updated on Friday, 15 May 2015 08:23
Published on Thursday, 14 May 2015 05:01
 
Yvonne Elsworth elected a Fellow of the Royal Society
Prof. Yvonne Elsworth has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society in recognition of her pioneering work in solar physics. She is Professor of Helioseismology and Poynting Professor of Physics at the University of Birmingham, a longstanding Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and has served on a number of its... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 13 May 2015 15:40
Published on Tuesday, 12 May 2015 13:21
 
£500k for public engagement in astronomy and geophysics: six teams win RAS funding
For family carers, ‘hard to reach’ young people, adult workers, for everyone: the RAS has announced £500k in grants for six innovative public engagement projects. The awards from the RAS 200: Sky & Earth programme were made public at the RAS Ordinary Meeting on 8 May 2015. Prof. Steve Miller, Chair of the RAS 200... More
Last updated on Friday, 08 May 2015 16:59
Published on Friday, 08 May 2015 16:00
 
Election results 2015: new President and Council
The results of the 2015 RAS elections were announced at the Annual General Meeting of the society on 8 May. The following Fellows were elected to serve on Council, the governing body of the society:Prof. John Zarnecki, elected as the next President of the RAS. Click to enlarge.   President Prof. John ZarneckiJohn... More
Last updated on Monday, 11 May 2015 10:26
Published on Friday, 08 May 2015 15:54
 
Fresh evidence for how water reached Earth found in asteroid debris
Water delivery via asteroids or comets is likely taking place in many other planetary systems, just as it happened on Earth, according to new research. In work led by Dr Roberto Raddi of the University of Warwick, a team of astronomers find evidence that numerous planetary bodies, including asteroids and comets, contain large... More
Last updated on Thursday, 07 May 2015 12:53
Published on Thursday, 07 May 2015 05:01
 
RAS and IoP Presidents: SKA HQ is great news for radio astronomy and UK science
The Presidents of the Royal Astronomical Society and the Institute of Physics have welcomed the decision to site the permanent headquarters of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) in the UK. Set to cost €650 million (£475 million), the first phase of the SKA will consist of some 200 dishes in South Africa and 130,000 antennas... More
Last updated on Thursday, 30 April 2015 12:43
Published on Thursday, 30 April 2015 11:48
 
The Pillars of Creation in 3D
Astronomers at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) have created an amazing 3D image of the iconic 'Pillars of Creation', a 7000 light years-distant region of the Eagle Nebula made famous by the Hubble Space Telescope in the 1990s. They publish their work in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical... More
Last updated on Monday, 11 May 2015 15:33
Published on Thursday, 30 April 2015 10:00
 
Space and astronomy digest: May 2015
A digest of some of the astronomy, space and geophysics events taking place during May, particularly those with UK involvement. This month sees the election of a new RAS President and the flight of three astronauts to the International Space Station.   8 May: Asteroseismology: high-precision stellar metrics for the... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 29 April 2015 15:30
Published on Wednesday, 29 April 2015 15:24