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Astronomers crack mystery of the “monster stars"
In 2010 scientists discovered four 'monster' sized stars, with the heaviest more than 300 times as massive as our Sun. Despite their incredible luminosity, these exotic objects, located in the giant star cluster R136 in the nearby galaxy the Large Magellanic Cloud; have oddly so far been found nowhere else. Now a group of... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 07 August 2012 13:18
Published on Tuesday, 07 August 2012 13:01
Supernova progenitor found?
Type Ia supernovae are violent stellar explosions. Observations of their brightness are used to determine distances in the universe and have shown scientists that the cosmos is expanding at an accelerating rate. But there is still too little known about the specifics of the processes by which these supernovae form. New... More
Last updated on Monday, 06 August 2012 14:28
Published on Friday, 03 August 2012 09:10
Red is the new Black
The colour of night-time skyglow may be about to undergo a radical change worldwide, according to scientists of the Freie Universität Berlin and the Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries. They predict that with increasing use of LED street lamps, the colour of the night sky will become bluer. To track... More
Last updated on Thursday, 02 August 2012 13:22
Published on Wednesday, 01 August 2012 17:19
Second call for applications for the Visiting Experts Programme
The RAS invites applications for grants designed to assist the developing world through astronomy. The RAS-OAD Visiting Experts Programme has now issued its first round of grants and invites applications for a second round of awards. The Visiting Experts Programme is a partnership between the RAS... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 24 July 2012 16:54
Published on Tuesday, 24 July 2012 12:27
How to Build a Middleweight Black Hole
A new model shows how an elusive type of black hole can be formed in the gas surrounding their supermassive counterparts. In research published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, scientists from the American Museum of Natural History, the City University of New York, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory... More
Last updated on Monday, 30 July 2012 19:45
Published on Thursday, 19 July 2012 14:11
Deep Space High: children's astronomy podcasts
Children's radio station Fun Kids Radio has created a new series about an intergalactic school in space. Supported by the RAS, the episodes of 'Deep Space High' are now available as a series of podcasts. The podcasts are particularly aimed at children aged between 7 and 12 years old. Fun Kids Radio: Deep Space High (including... More
Last updated on Thursday, 19 July 2012 13:33
Published on Thursday, 19 July 2012 13:33
Why Is Earth So Dry?
With large swaths of oceans, rivers that snake for hundreds of miles, and behemoth glaciers near the north and south poles, Earth doesn't seem to have a water shortage. And yet, less than one percent of our planet's mass is locked up in water, and even that may have been delivered by comets and asteroids after Earth's initial... More
Last updated on Thursday, 19 July 2012 09:54
Published on Thursday, 19 July 2012 09:25
Nominations invited for 2013 medals and prizes
Nominations are now being invited for RAS medals and prizes to be awarded in 2013. The deadline for nominations is 31 July 2012 for most awards, with the exceptions of the Patrick Moore Medal which has a deadline of 28 September 2012 and the Winton Capital Awards which have a deadline of 19 October 2012. Please submit... More
Last updated on Friday, 14 June 2013 10:17
Published on Wednesday, 11 July 2012 14:30
Dark galaxies of the early universe spotted for the first time
For the first time, dark galaxies — an early phase of galaxy formation, predicted by theory but unobserved until now — have been spotted. These objects are essentially gas-rich galaxies without stars. Using ESO's Very Large Telescope, an international team has detected these elusive objects by observing them glowing as they... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 24 April 2013 10:01
Published on Wednesday, 11 July 2012 10:00
RAS job vacancy - Events and Awards Officer
Applications are invited for the position of Events and Awards Officer at the Royal Astronomical Society. The Events and Awards Officer is responsible for organisation and support of RAS activities including public lectures, scientific meetings, the confering of awards and grants, and the meetings of Council and the... More
Last updated on Friday, 06 July 2012 09:52
Published on Friday, 06 July 2012 09:19