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Astronomers reveal a cosmic 'axis of evil'
Astronomers are puzzled by the announcement that the masses of the largest objects in the Universe appear to depend on which method is used to weigh them. The new work was presented at a specialist discussion meeting on 'Scaling Relations of Galaxy Clusters' organised by the Astrophysics Research Institute (ARI) at Liverpool... More
Last updated on Thursday, 30 June 2011 10:47
Published on Thursday, 30 June 2011 10:40
 
Pandora's cluster: a galactic crash investigation
An international team of scientists have discovered what appears to be the simultaneous crashing together of at least four separate galaxy clusters. The researchers used telescopes on the ground and in space, including the Hubble Space Telescope and ESO's Very Large Telescope, to study the galaxy cluster Abell 2744, an object... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 22 June 2011 13:40
Published on Wednesday, 22 June 2011 13:31
 
RAS Fellows receive OBE and MBEs
Three Fellows of the Royal Astronomical Society have been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for 2011 for their services to science. Professor Richard Davis of the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics is awarded an OBE. Professor Sheila Rowan of the University of Glasgow receives an... More
Last updated on Thursday, 16 June 2011 08:08
Published on Tuesday, 14 June 2011 10:57
 
Space and astronomy digest: June 2011
The June digest of forthcoming space and astronomy events, from the RAS. This month sees a lunar and solar eclipse, the final landing of Space Shuttle Endeavour and a public lecture on remote sensing and geophysics. 1 June: Endeavour due to land at Kennedy Space Center   The NASA Space Shuttle Endeavour is scheduled... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 31 May 2011 13:20
Published on Tuesday, 31 May 2011 13:07
 
Black holes spin faster and faster
Two UK astronomers have found that the giant black holes in the centre of galaxies are on average spinning faster than at any time in the history of the Universe. Dr Alejo Martinez-Sansigre of the University of Portsmouth and Prof. Steve Rawlings of the University of Oxford made the new discovery by using radio, optical and... More
Last updated on Monday, 23 May 2011 09:39
Published on Monday, 23 May 2011 09:32
 
UK astronomy will be hit hard by budget cuts: RAS President backs Select Committee report
Professor Roger Davies, President of the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS), today backed a report published by MPs on the Science and Technology Select Committee that set out the risks to UK astronomy posed by ongoing and future budget cuts. In its submission to the Committee earlier this year, the Society expressed great... More
Last updated on Friday, 13 May 2011 08:18
Published on Friday, 13 May 2011 08:06
 
Space and astronomy digest: May 2011
The latest digest of forthcoming space and astronomy events from the RAS. Events this month include the likely final launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavour, a public lecture on the secrets of the Universe and a specialist discussion meeting on solar and stellar magnetic fields. Space Shuttle Endeavour leaving the Vehicle... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 03 May 2011 14:27
Published on Tuesday, 03 May 2011 14:27
 
NAM 21: New theory of evolution for spiral galaxy arms
A study of spiral patterns found in galaxies like our Milky Way could overturn the theory of how the spiral arm features form and evolve. The results are being presented by postgraduate student, Robert Grand, at the Royal Astronomical Society’s National Astronomy Meeting in Llandudno, Wales this week.Since 1960s, the most... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 20 April 2011 13:21
Published on Wednesday, 20 April 2011 13:16
 
NAM 20: e-MERLIN set to give wizard new view of Hubble Deep Field region
 The Hubble Deep Field (HDF), taken by the Hubble Space Telescope in the 1990s, is one of the most iconic images in astronomy.  Now, astronomers at Jodrell Bank Observatory have produced a high-resolution mosaic of the HDF region using observations from the MERLIN and VLA radio telescope arrays, as well as the new... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 20 April 2011 16:41
Published on Monday, 18 April 2011 14:49
 
NAM 13: Far sighted space technology finds practical uses on Earth
Technology developed for space missions to study the most distant objects in the Universe is now finding a host of practical applications back on Earth. QMC Instruments Ltd., in partnership with the Astronomical instrumentation Group at Cardiff University, has built instruments for many major space missions, including Herschel... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 20 April 2011 16:26
Published on Sunday, 17 April 2011 09:33