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Curious signal hints at dark matter – first evidence of axions?
Space scientists at the University of Leicester have detected a curious signal in the X-ray sky – one that provides a tantalising insight into the nature of mysterious 'dark matter'. The Leicester team has found what appears to be a signature of 'axions', predicted dark matter particle candidates, something that has been a... More
Last updated on Thursday, 16 October 2014 11:07
Published on Thursday, 16 October 2014 10:59
 
Exhibition of photographs from 1893 eclipse expedition to Brazil
In 1893 the RAS funded an expedition to northern Brazil, so astronomers could observe the Sun's corona during a total solar eclipse. Now a collection of photographs taken by Sir Benjamin Stone during the trip is being exhibited at the Embassy of Brazil in London. For the first time, members of the public are able to see these... More
Last updated on Thursday, 02 October 2014 12:42
Published on Thursday, 02 October 2014 11:45
 
Students astonished by stuttering star
Secondary school students in Australia have helped reveal weird, jittery behaviour in a pulsar called PSR J1717−4054. The results of their observations and of follow-up studies are published online today in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (MNRAS). Pulsars are super-dense, highly magnetised balls... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 01 October 2014 14:12
Published on Wednesday, 01 October 2014 05:00
 
Space and astronomy digest: October 2014
The October guide to upcoming space and astronomy news events. Events this month include a total lunar eclipse visible from the Pacific, a special conference to mark 10 years of Cassini-Huygens at Saturn and a public lecture on results from the Planck observatory.     8 October: Total lunar eclipse: Western North... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 13:22
Published on Monday, 29 September 2014 14:45
 
Finding hints of gravitational waves in the stars
Scientists have shown how gravitational waves – invisible ripples in the fabric of space and time that propagate through the universe – might be "seen" by looking at the stars. The new model proposes that a star that oscillates at the same frequency as a gravitational wave will absorb energy from that wave and brighten, an... More
Last updated on Thursday, 25 September 2014 16:50
Published on Monday, 22 September 2014 11:15
 
Monster galaxies gain weight by eating smaller neighbours
Massive galaxies in the Universe have stopped making their own stars and are instead snacking on nearby galaxies, according to research by Australian scientists. They publish their results in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. In about five billion years time, nearby massive galaxy Andromeda will... More
Last updated on Friday, 19 September 2014 10:57
Published on Friday, 19 September 2014 05:00
 
219 million stars: a detailed catalogue of the visible Milky Way
A new catalogue of the visible part of the northern part of our home Galaxy, the Milky Way, includes no fewer than 219 million stars. Geert Barentsen of the University of Hertfordshire led a team who assembled the catalogue in a ten year programme using the Isaac Newton Telescope (INT) on La Palma in the Canary Islands. Their... More
Last updated on Thursday, 25 September 2014 16:31
Published on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 05:01
 
Open House at the RAS
Have you ever wondered what is in the RAS apartments at Burlington House? On Saturday 20 September 2014 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 Monday, 15 September 2014 16:40
Published on Monday, 15 September 2014 16:34
 
Star cluster shows lithium shortfall is widespread
Taking a new look at an old object, astronomers have found a long standing mystery is more prevalent than they thought. The team, who used the VLT Survey Telescope in northern Chile to observe the globular star cluster Messier 54, report that this object has unexpectedly low levels of the element lithium. This deficit, which... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 10 September 2014 10:57
Published on Wednesday, 10 September 2014 10:00
 
Call for applications: RAS Research Fellowships 2015
The RAS will award two RAS Research Fellowships in 2015, to begin on 1 October 2015 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 Tuesday, 09 September 2014 17:11
Published on Tuesday, 09 September 2014 16:34