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Rapid star formation spotted in infant galaxies (RAS PN 09/59)
The Universe’s infant galaxies enjoyed rapid growth spurts forming stars like our Sun at a rate of up to 50 stars a year, according to scientists at Durham University. Led by RAS Norman Lockyer Fellow Dr Mark Swinbank, the team's work appears in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. (Image credit: Dr Johan... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 23 March 2010 15:32
Published on Monday, 22 March 2010 16:16
 
REF proposals petition ( Public )
The RAS has been asked to enlist the support of the Society’s members for a campaign spear-headed by the UK University and College Union (UCU) regarding the Research Excellence Framework (REF), in particular the proposal that 25% of research funding assessment will be dependent on its economic and social impact. The... More
Last updated on Monday, 22 March 2010 16:12
Published on Monday, 22 March 2010 16:12
 
Space & Astronomy Digest:November 2009
Image: C. Carreau / European Space AgencyThe November digest of space and astronomy news, from the Royal Astronomical Society. This month sees the final encounter with the Earth for the Rosetta spacecraft, a possible meteor outburst (visible from Asia) and specialist discussion meetings on solar magnetic fields and the... More
Last updated on Thursday, 25 March 2010 22:09
Published on Monday, 22 March 2010 16:04
 
Cancel of STFC Large Award: RAS Response (Public)
The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), the body which funds most astronomy and space science in the UK, has cancelled a key part of its public engagement activity. Due to the ongoing financial situation at the Council, there will be no Large Awards available in 2009 although STFC ‘hopes to resume this... More
Last updated on Monday, 22 March 2010 15:51
Published on Monday, 22 March 2010 15:51
 
RAS PN 09/1: World's leading astronomers and geophysicists honoured by Royal Astronomical Society
Astronomers and geophysicists from the UK and across the world have today received recognition of their work by the Royal Astronomical Society in its annual list of medals and awards, to be presented at the National Astronomy Meeting in April. More
Last updated on Tuesday, 06 April 2010 14:50
Published on Friday, 09 January 2009 18:00
 
RAS PN 09/2: Thomas Harriot: A telescopic astronomer before Galileo
A new article in the February edition of 'Astronomy and Geophysics' explains how British astronomer Thomas Harriot made the first drawing of the Moon through a telescope in July 1609, several months before Galileo. ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY PRESS INFORMATION NOTEDate: 14th January 2009 For Immediate Release Ref.: PN... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 06 April 2010 14:46
Published on Wednesday, 14 January 2009 00:00
 
RAS PN 09/3: Space and astronomy digest: February 2009
The latest digest of astronomy and space news, from the RAS. This month sees the official UK celebration of IYA2009 and the launch of NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory. More
Last updated on Tuesday, 06 April 2010 14:39
Published on Monday, 02 February 2009 00:00
 
RAS PN 09/4: Stars cheek by jowl in the early Universe
In the early Universe, some galaxies may have had stars packed together a hundred times more closely than in the present day, according to research by a University of Bonn team to be published in a paper in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. More
Last updated on Monday, 29 March 2010 22:27
Published on Thursday, 12 February 2009 00:00
 
RAS PN 09/5: How a cometary boulder lit up the Spanish sky
Image: J. Madiedo, University of Huelva-CIECEM, SpainIn a forthcoming paper in  Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, an international team of astronomers link a brilliant fireball seen in 2008 to the breakup of a comet in 1920. More
Last updated on Monday, 29 March 2010 22:26
Published on Friday, 13 February 2009 00:00
 
RAS PN 09/6: What did Galileo actually do?
What convinced Galileo 400 years ago that the Earth orbits the Sun and not vice-versa?  How did one man make such a startling discovery, armed with just a 2 inch lens telescope?  To mark the UK launch of the International Year of Astronomy (IYA 2009) in the UK, the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS), the Institute of... More
Last updated on Monday, 29 March 2010 22:25
Published on Thursday, 19 February 2009 00:01