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RAS Library offers duplicate books to Fellows
The RAS Library has a small selection of duplicate copies of books. As the library has limited resources it is not able to keep more than one copy of the same book. The RAS is therefore offering these items to Fellows, free of charge. The duplicate books shelf in the RAS Library. Click to enlarge.Fellows of the society are... More
Last updated on Friday, 19 October 2012 14:04
Published on Friday, 19 October 2012 00:00
Dark Matter Filament Studied in 3D for the First Time
Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have studied a giant filament of dark matter in 3D for the first time. Extending 60 million light-years from one of the most massive galaxy clusters known, the filament is part of the cosmic web that constitutes the large-scale structure of the Universe, and is a leftover of... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 16 October 2012 09:30
Published on Tuesday, 16 October 2012 13:00
Giant black holes lurking in survey data
Scientists at the University of Cambridge have used cutting-edge infrared surveys of the sky to discover a new population of enormous, rapidly growing supermassive black holes in the early Universe. The black holes were previously undetected because they sit cocooned within thick layers of dust. The new study has shown however... More
Last updated on Monday, 08 October 2012 15:38
Published on Monday, 08 October 2012 11:49
Using artificial intelligence to chart the universe
Astronomers in Germany have developed an artificial intelligence algorithm to help them chart and explain the structure and dynamics of the universe around us with unprecedented accuracy. The team, led by Francisco Kitaura of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics in Potsdam, report their results in the journal Monthly Notices... More
Last updated on Monday, 24 September 2012 11:00
Published on Monday, 24 September 2012 10:24
Dark energy is real, say astronomers
Dark energy, a mysterious substance thought to be speeding up the expansion of the Universe is really there, according to a team of astronomers at the University of Portsmouth and LMU University Munich. After a two-year study led by Tommaso Giannantonio and Robert Crittenden, the scientists conclude that the likelihood of its... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 12 September 2012 09:05
Published on Wednesday, 12 September 2012 05:00
Katia Moskvitch wins European Astronomy Journalism Prize
BBC technology correspondent Katia Moskvitch has won the first European Astronomy Journalism Prize. The award, announced at a reception at the House of Commons,  sees her receive a trip to the inauguration of the Atacama Large Millimeter / Submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile in the spring of 2013. The Science... More
Last updated on Thursday, 06 September 2012 14:22
Published on Thursday, 06 September 2012 13:51
Professors of Astronomy Education
Paul Roche of the University of Glamorgan and Andy Newsam of Liverpool John Moores University have become the UK's first Professors of Astronomy Education. Paul and Andy are both long-serving members of the RAS Education Committee and part of the European Space Education Resource Office network of Space Ambassadors. They were... More
Last updated on Thursday, 06 September 2012 13:51
Published on Tuesday, 04 September 2012 09:54
Space and astronomy digest: September - October 2012
The September and October digest of upcoming space and astronomy events, from the RAS. Highlights include the departure of the Dawn mission from Vesta and a special conference on future UK space missions.       5 September: Dawn spacecraft departs asteroid Vesta       The Dawn mission,... More
Last updated on Friday, 31 August 2012 17:48
Published on Friday, 31 August 2012 17:29
Plenty of dark matter near the Sun
Astronomers at the University of Zürich, the ETH Zurich, the University of Leicester and NAOC Beijing have found large amounts of invisible "dark matter" near the Sun. Their results are consistent with the theory that the Milky Way Galaxy is surrounded by a massive "halo" of dark matter, but this is the first study of its kind... More
Last updated on Thursday, 09 August 2012 09:59
Published on Thursday, 09 August 2012 09:44
Sir Bernard Lovell, 1913-2012
Sir Bernard Lovell OBE FRS, world renowned radio astronomer and former President of the Royal Astronomical Society, has died aged 98. Born in 1913 in Oldland Common, Gloucestershire, Sir Bernard studied at the University of Bristol before coming to the University of Manchester to work in the Department of Physics in 1936.... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 07 August 2012 15:56
Published on Tuesday, 07 August 2012 15:04