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Space and astronomy digest: January 2013
The January digest of upcoming space and astronomy events. This month sees the winter meeting of the American Astronomical Society, a conference on the interaction between the Earth's atmosphere and space environment and another on the fate of planets around evolved stars, and a public lecture on the chemical evolution of... More
Last updated on Monday, 31 December 2012 16:19
Published on Monday, 31 December 2012 15:49
Christmas and New Year closure
The RAS offices at Burlington House will be closed over the Christmas and New Year period. A gingerbread version of the RAS roundel, created by staff member Claire Williams and currently hanging on the RAS Christmas tree. Click to enlarge.The last day Fellows and visitors can make use of the facilities is Friday 21 December... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 09 January 2013 16:04
Published on Wednesday, 19 December 2012 17:01
Venus transit and lunar mirror could help astronomers find worlds around other stars
On 6 June 2012 Venus passed directly between the Earth and the Sun, in a so-called transit where the planet appears as a silhouette against the solar disk, something that will not happen again until 5 December 2117. A team of Italian astronomers led by Paolo Molaro of the Instituto Nazionale di Astrofisica at the University of... More
Last updated on Thursday, 13 December 2012 15:56
Published on Thursday, 13 December 2012 15:27
Geminid meteors set to light up winter sky
On the evening of 13 and the morning of 14 December, skywatchers across the world will be looking up as the Geminid meteor shower reaches its peak, in potentially one of the best night sky events of the year. An all-sky image of the 2004 Geminids meteor shower. Credit: Chris L. Peterson, Cloudbait ObservatoryAt its peak and in... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 12 December 2012 15:27
Published on Wednesday, 12 December 2012 15:20
Sir Patrick Moore, 1923-2012
Sir Patrick Moore, astronomer, broadcaster and Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, has died at the age of 89. The Society offers its sincere condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. Sir Patrick will be sorely missed by astronomers and space scientists in the UK and around the world, many of whose careers were... More
Last updated on Sunday, 09 December 2012 21:10
Published on Sunday, 09 December 2012 15:50
X-ray vision can reveal the moment of birth of violent supernovae
A team of astronomers led by the University of Leicester has uncovered new evidence that suggests that X-ray detectors in space could be the first to witness new supernovae that signal the death of massive stars. Artist's impression of the Switft satellite (UK Swift Science Data Centre)Astronomers have measured an excess of... More
Last updated on Thursday, 13 December 2012 15:13
Published on Friday, 07 December 2012 11:46
RAS thesis prizes
Nominations are invited for the RAS thesis prizes, to recognise the best doctoral theses completed in the UK during 2012. Separate awards are made for theses in astronomy & astrophysics (the Michael Penston Prize) and in geophysics (the Keith Runcorn Prize). Winners receive £1000 and an invitation to present their results... More
Last updated on Friday, 14 June 2013 10:08
Published on Friday, 30 November 2012 15:35
Space and astronomy digest: December 2012
The December digest of forthcoming space and astronomy news events, from the Royal Astronomical Society. This month sees two major space conferences in the UK; astronomy meetings on detecting particles from astrophysical objects and on exploring the outer planets and the maximum of the Geminids meteor shower.   3-5... More
Last updated on Friday, 30 November 2012 15:23
Published on Friday, 30 November 2012 15:01
ESA Ministerial Council: RAS response
The Royal Astronomical Society has welcomed the commitments made by UK and European ministers to support new space science and exploration programmes. At the European Space Agency (ESA) Ministerial Council meeting in Naples last week, ministers from the Agency's member states agreed a budget of €10 billion (£8 billion) for... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 28 November 2012 14:37
Published on Wednesday, 28 November 2012 14:27
Do missing Jupiters mean massive comet belts?
Using ESA's Herschel space observatory, astronomers have discovered vast belts of comets surrounding two nearby planetary systems known to host nothing larger than Earth-to-Neptune-mass worlds. The comet reservoirs could have delivered life-giving oceans to the innermost planets. The scientists publish their work in papers in... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 27 November 2012 16:06
Published on Tuesday, 27 November 2012 15:45