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Space and astronomy digest: January 2014
The digest of upcoming space and astronomy news events, from the RAS. This month sees the world's largest annual astronomy conference and the peak of a lesser known meteor shower.   3 January: Peak of Quadrantids meteor shower Early January sees the annual maximum of the Quadrantid meteor shower. Meteors... More
Last updated on Monday, 23 December 2013 15:20
Published on Monday, 23 December 2013 15:18
Companion’s comets the key to curious exoplanet system?
The nearby star Fomalhaut A hosts the most famous planetary system outside our own Solar System, containing both an exoplanet and a spectacular ring of comets. Today, an international team of astronomers announced a new discovery with the Herschel Space Observatory that has made this system even more intriguing; the... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 18 December 2013 10:19
Published on Wednesday, 18 December 2013 06:00
Massive stars mark out Milky Way’s ‘missing arms’
A 12-year study of massive stars has reaffirmed that our Galaxy has four spiral arms, following years of debate sparked by images taken by NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope that only showed two arms. The new research, which is published online in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, is part of the RMS Survey,... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 05 March 2014 18:47
Published on Tuesday, 17 December 2013 09:00
Christmas and New Year closure
The RAS offices at Burlington House will be closed over the Christmas and New Year period. The last day Fellows and visitors can make use of the facilities is Thursday 19 December 2013. The RAS will re-open on Monday 6 January 2014. We apologise for any delay in responding to enquiries over this period.The Christmas tree... More
Last updated on Monday, 06 January 2014 11:10
Published on Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00
RAS Daphne Jackson Fellowship
Applications are now open for an RAS Daphne Jackson Fellowship. This fellowship, run by the Daphne Jackson Trust (DJT) and sponsored by the RAS, enables a talented astronomer or geophysicist to return to research after a career break. The fellowship is usually half time for two years, and can be held at any UK university or... More
Last updated on Thursday, 05 December 2013 15:50
Published on Thursday, 05 December 2013 15:50
GJI 2013 Student Author Award winners
Geophysical Journal International (GJI) is delighted to announce the two winners of the Student Author Awards for 2013. The awards are designed to recognise and acknowledge the 'best' papers submitted to GJI by young scientists in the field. Manuscripts are short listed by the high profile Editorial Board and are highlighted... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 19:26
Published on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 19:08
Space and astronomy digest: December 2013
The December digest of upcoming space and astronomy news events, from the. RAS. This month sees the launch of the Gaia spacecraft, a conference bringing together scientists and forecasters to discuss space weather and the maiden flight of a new Russian rocket.   10 December: RAS lunchtime lecture: Detecting the light... More
Last updated on Monday, 02 December 2013 16:05
Published on Monday, 02 December 2013 16:05
Job vacancy: Librarian and archivist
The RAS is currently inviting applications from suitably-qualified individuals for the position of Librarian and Archivist, to start in spring 2014. The main RAS libraryThe Librarian and Archivist will have responsibility for the Society's world-class library of books, manuscripts and periodicals relating to astronomy and... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 03 December 2013 17:09
Published on Thursday, 28 November 2013 13:07
Figures of Eight and Peanut Shells: How stars move at the centre of the Galaxy
  Two months ago astronomers created a new 3D map of stars at the centre of our Galaxy (the Milky Way), showing more clearly than ever the bulge at its core. Previous explanations suggested that the stars that form the bulge are in banana-like orbits, but a paper published this week in Monthly Notices of the Royal... More
Last updated on Sunday, 01 December 2013 14:38
Published on Wednesday, 27 November 2013 12:22
The Galaxy's ancient brown dwarf population revealed
A team of astronomers led by Dr David Pinfield at the University of Hertfordshire have discovered two of the oldest brown dwarfs in the Galaxy. These ancient objects are moving at speeds of 100-200 kilometres per second, much faster than normal stars and other brown dwarfs and are thought to have formed when the Galaxy was very... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 17:46
Published on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 06:00