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RAS statement on the abolition of Europe's Chief Scientific Advisor
The new European Commission has abolished the position of its main scientific advisor, according to recent media reports. The RAS wishes to express its disappointment at this decision, which is likely to weaken the role of scientific evidence in EU governance and policy formulation. The role, formally titled the Chief... More
Last updated on Thursday, 13 November 2014 17:09
Published on Thursday, 13 November 2014 17:09
 
RAS congratulates the Rosetta team for landing a probe on a comet
The RAS congratulates the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Rosetta team for successfully landing the Philae probe on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. Launched in 2004, ESA's Rosetta spacecraft travelled through the solar system for over a decade before making its rendezvous with the comet in August 2014. On 12 November... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 12 November 2014 18:18
Published on Wednesday, 12 November 2014 18:13
 
MUSE reveals the truth about a galactic crash
The new Multi Unit Spectroscopic Explore (MUSE) instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) has provided researchers with the best view yet of a spectacular cosmic crash. The new observations reveal for the first time the motion of gas as it is ripped out of the galaxy ESO 137-001 as it ploughs at high speed into a... More
Last updated on Monday, 10 November 2014 11:38
Published on Monday, 10 November 2014 00:01
 
Win a trip to ALMA with the European Astronomy Journalism Prize
Entries are invited for the European Astronomy Journalism Prize 2014. The prize recognises the best individual works which popularise European astronomy and related fields. First prize is a trip to the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile, one of the world's foremost astronomy facilities. The Atacama... More
Last updated on Friday, 07 November 2014 16:36
Published on Friday, 07 November 2014 16:36
 
Nominations invited for President and council members of the RAS
The RAS Council is the governing body of the Society, consisting of 21 Fellows who are appointed by elections held each year. Council meets six times a year to make decisions on the activities of the Society. The RAS Council Room at Burlington House. Click to enlarge.There are several vacancies now arising on the RAS Council,... More
Last updated on Friday, 07 November 2014 12:20
Published on Wednesday, 05 November 2014 10:18
 
Space and astronomy digest: November 2014
The November digest of upcoming space and astronomy news events. Events this month include the landing of the Philae craft on Comet 67/P Churyumov-Gerasimenko, a public lecture on large robotic telescopes and the launch of the Hayabusa 2 sample return spacecraft to a near-Earth asteroid.   11 November: RAS lunchtime... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 04 November 2014 17:16
Published on Tuesday, 04 November 2014 16:43
 
When did galaxies settle down? Two billion years earlier than we thought
Astronomers have long sought to understand exactly how the Universe evolved from its earliest history to the cosmos we see around us in the present day. In particular, the way that galaxies form and develop is still a matter for debate. A Hubble Space Telescope image of a spiral galaxy seen when the Universe was less than a... More
Last updated on Monday, 03 November 2014 15:38
Published on Thursday, 30 October 2014 11:45
 
Dr Karen Masters wins Women of the Future award
The RAS congratulates Dr Karen Masters, who has won the Women of the Future Award in the science category. Dr Masters, a Fellow of the RAS and senior lecturer in the University of Portsmouth’s Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation, was recognised for her research into understanding how galaxies form and evolve over the... More
Last updated on Monday, 03 November 2014 15:17
Published on Thursday, 30 October 2014 10:14
 
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, 23 October 2014 13:40
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