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Earthquake in Chile
The astronomical community will be relieved to learn that, we understand, most astronomers working in Chile have been accounted for, and are safe and well , and that the observatories  were not seriously damaged by the earthquake.  Given the large number of UK scientists with first hand knowledge of Chile, we have... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 23 March 2010 12:36
Published on Tuesday, 23 March 2010 12:36
 
RAS / IoP response to restructuring of the Science and Technology Facilities Council
The Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) and the Institute of Physics (IOP) have responded to the statement by Lord Drayson, Minister of Science and Innovation, setting out reforms to the structure of the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC). Response to restructuring of the Science and Technology Facilities Council... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 23 March 2010 12:36
Published on Tuesday, 23 March 2010 12:34
 
Space and astronomy digest: March 2010
This release summarises some of the astronomy and space science events taking place during March, particularly those with UK involvement. Highlights this month include the annual UK Space Conference and a public lecture on how impacts have shaped the Solar System. SPACE AND ASTRONOMY DIGEST: MARCH 2010ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 23 March 2010 12:29
Published on Tuesday, 23 March 2010 12:29
 
Alien invaders pack the Milky Way
Around a quarter of the globular star clusters in our Milky Way galaxy are invaders from other galaxies, according to a team of scientists from Swinburne University of Technology in Australia. In a paper accepted for publication in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Swinburne astronomer Professor Duncan Forbes... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 23 March 2010 21:03
Published on Tuesday, 23 March 2010 12:27
 
Massive stars' magnetically controlled diets
  A team of astronomers, led by Dr. Wouter Vlemmings at Bonn University, has used the MERLIN radio telescope network centred on the Jodrell Bank Observatory to show that magnetic fields play an important role during the birth of massive stars. The scientists report their work in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 23 March 2010 20:55
Published on Tuesday, 23 March 2010 12:21
 
Space and Astronomy digest: February 2010
The February digest of space and astronomy events. This month sees the latest mission to the International Space Station, the launch of a European Space Agency satellite that will study polar ice and the annual meeting of the British Geophysical Association. (Image: Cryosat-2 in orbit. Credit: ESA / P. Carril)   SPACE AND... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 23 March 2010 17:04
Published on Monday, 22 March 2010 21:43
 
Astronomers discover cool stars in nearby space
An international team led by astronomers at the University of Hertfordshire have discovered what may be the coolest sub-stellar body (a brown dwarf) ever found outside our own solar system. The team's findings have been accepted for publication in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. The images above... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 23 March 2010 16:58
Published on Monday, 22 March 2010 21:40
 
Black hole hunters set new distance record
Astronomers using ESO’s Very Large Telescope have detected a stellar mass black hole much farther away than any other previously known. The newly discovered black hole is in the spiral galaxy NGC 300, about six million light years away from the Sun. With a mass of about twenty times that of the Sun, it is also the second... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 24 April 2013 10:19
Published on Monday, 22 March 2010 21:35
 
January 2010 Astronomy Forum
The notes from the January 2010 Astronomy Forum are now available.
Last updated on Monday, 22 March 2010 21:29
Published on Monday, 22 March 2010 21:29
 
How Galaxies came to be: Astronomers explain Hubble Sequence
For the first time, two astronomers have explained the diversity of galaxy shapes seen in the universe. The scientists, Dr Andrew Benson of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and Dr Nick Devereux of Embry-Riddle University in Arizona, tracked the evolution of galaxies over thirteen billion years from the early... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 23 March 2010 16:43
Published on Monday, 22 March 2010 21:21