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UKIRT discovers 'impossible' binary stars
A team of astronomers have used the United Kingdom Infrared Telescope (UKIRT) on Hawaii to discover four pairs of stars that orbit each other in less than 4 hours. Until now it was thought that such close-in binary stars could not exist. The new discoveries come from the telescope's Wide Field Camera (WFCAM) Transit Survey, and... More
Last updated on Thursday, 05 July 2012 09:29
Published on Thursday, 05 July 2012 08:30
New MNRAS Editor-in-Chief
Professor David Flower has taken over as the new Editor-in-Chief of Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (MNRAS), replacing Professor Robert Carswell. Prof. Carswell has stepped down as Editor-in-Chief, a post he has held since 2008, but will remain a member of the MNRAS editorial board. Professor David... More
Last updated on Monday, 02 July 2012 12:52
Published on Monday, 02 July 2012 09:00
Space and astronomy digest: July and August 2012
The July and August digest of upcoming space and astronomy events, from the RAS. Events in the next two months include the EWASS conference in Rome, the landing of the Curiosity rover on Mars, an occultation of Jupiter by the Moon and the departure of the Dawn mission for the dwarf planet Ceres.   1 – 6 July:... More
Last updated on Thursday, 28 June 2012 14:58
Published on Thursday, 28 June 2012 14:35
RAS journals to be published by Oxford University Press
The RAS has concluded an agreement which will move the Society's journals to a new publisher, Oxford University Press (OUP). The new publication contract was signed by representatives of the RAS and OUP at Burlington House on 27 June. OUP will take over from the current publishers, Wiley-Blackwell, from January 2013. From left... More
Last updated on Thursday, 28 June 2012 14:32
Published on Thursday, 28 June 2012 09:00
Peter Hingley, 1951-2012
The Royal Astronomical Society regrets to announce the death of Peter Hingley, our Librarian at Burlington House.  Peter's family have been informed and our thoughts are with them and his friends at this difficult time.   Peter Hingley - RAS Librarian Peter was a valued and committed member of staff with an... More
Last updated on Monday, 25 June 2012 12:43
Published on Friday, 22 June 2012 15:00
Cosmic Web of the First Stars unveiled at Liverpool Conference
Scientists have discovered a new way to detect the first stars when the Universe was in its infancy at a mere 1% of its present age. The research will be unveiled for the first time by Professor Rennan Barkana from Tel Aviv University at a conference organised by Liverpool John Moores University and the University of Liverpool... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 20 June 2012 15:45
Published on Wednesday, 20 June 2012 19:00
Prof. Monica Grady receives CBE
RAS Fellow Prof. Monica Grady has been made a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE), in recognition of her services to space science. Prof. Grady is a leading meteoritics scientist, with a career spanning three decades at the University of Cambridge, the Natural History Museum and now the Open... More
Last updated on Monday, 18 June 2012 11:03
Published on Monday, 18 June 2012 10:50
RAS welcomes ESO decision to build world's largest optical telescope
The Royal Astronomical Society today welcomed the in principle decision to proceed to construct the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT). When complete in 2022 E-ELT will be the largest optical telescope in the world, with a main mirror 39 metres in diameter. The decision to build the telescope, made by the governing... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 12 June 2012 13:51
Published on Tuesday, 12 June 2012 13:39
Space and astronomy digest: June 2012
The June RAS digest of upcoming space and astronomy events. This month sees the launch of the NuSTAR high energy X-ray observatory, a public lecture on the outer planets and a special conference on gamma ray bursts.   10-14 June: 220th Meeting of the American Astronomical... More
Last updated on Friday, 08 June 2012 16:47
Published on Friday, 08 June 2012 16:25
How black holes change gear
Black holes are extremely powerful and efficient engines that not only swallow up matter, but also return a lot of energy to the Universe in exchange for the mass they eat. When black holes attract mass they also trigger the release of intense X-ray radiation and power strong jets. But not all black holes do this the same way.... More
Last updated on Friday, 08 June 2012 12:44
Published on Thursday, 07 June 2012 16:33