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Space and astronomy digest: January 2013

Last Updated on Monday, 31 December 2012 16:19
Published on Monday, 31 December 2012 15:49

The January digest of upcoming space and astronomy events. This month sees the winter meeting of the American Astronomical Society, a conference on the interaction between the Earth's atmosphere and space environment and another on the fate of planets around evolved stars, and a public lecture on the chemical evolution of the cosmos.

 


6-10 January: American Astronomical Society, Long Beach, California, USA

 

 

The 221st meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) will bring together around 3000 astronomers and space scientists for a weeklong conference covering a huge range of topics in astrophysics.

This major event includes sessions ranging from instrumentation for telescopes to studies of planets around other stars to the origin of and evolution of the Universe. Scientists at all levels will present the latest work in these research areas in a series of talks and posters throughout the week.

221st AAS Meeting
http://aas.org/meetings/aas221

 

Media contact

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8 January: RAS lunchtime lecture: The Chemical Cosmos: a guided tour: Fyvie Hall, University of Westminster, London

 

 

Orion Nebula_-_Hubble_2006_mosaic_smallAn image of the Orion nebula, a cloud of gas and dust that includes regions where interstellar chemistry is taking place, made with the Hubble Space Telescope. Credit: NASA / ESA / M. Robberto (Space Telescope Science Institute/ESA) / Hubble Space Telescope Orion Treasury Project TeamAt 1 p.m. on Tuesday 8 January, Steve Miller, Professor of Science Communication and Planetary Science at University College London, will give the latest RAS public lecture. He will take the audience on a tour of the chemical evolution of the Universe, from the formation of the first molecules to the chemicals required for the development of life.

Prof. Miller will use the hydrogen molecule H3+ as a guide, starting from a time when the cosmos had only three elements and 13 types of molecules through the chemistry of the formation, evolution and destruction of stars to the rich complexity of substances in the present day.

RAS public lectures
http://www.ras.org.uk/events-and-meetings/public-lectures

 

Media contact

Robert Massey
(details above)

 


11 January: RAS specialist discussion meeting: Integrated Atmospheric and Space Science: Royal Astronomical Society, Burlington House, London

 

 

It is increasingly apparent that progress in conventional meteorology and its new cousin, Space Weather, both require an integrated understanding of the atmosphere from the ground to space. On 11 January scientists from the UK space and atmosphere communities will come together to attend a conference at the Royal Astronomical Society where they will explore this new scientific frontier, discussing the latest research results including for example the effect of energetic particles from space on atmospheric chemistry.

Bona fide members of the media who wish to attend this meeting should present their credentials at the registration desk for free admission.

 

RAS Specialist Discussion Meetings
https://www.ras.org.uk/events-and-meetings/ras-meetings

 

Media contact

Robert Massey
(details above)

 


11 January: RAS specialist discussion meeting: Planetary Systems of Evolved Stars: Geological Society, Burlington House, London

 

 

Astronomers will gather at the Geological Society on 11 January for a specialist meeting on the evolution and survival of solar systems around stars in the final phases of their lives.

Delegates will discuss the latest scientific results concerning planetary companions and material found around the different manifestations of evolved stars and their remnants, including giants, white dwarfs and neutron stars.

Bona fide members of the media who wish to attend this meeting should present their credentials at the registration desk for free admission.

 

Planetary Systems of Evolved Stars: meeting home page
http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/physics/news/evplansys

RAS Specialist Discussion Meetings
http://www.ras.org.uk/events-and-meetings/ras-meetings

 

Media contact

Robert Massey
(details above)

 


Night sky in January

 

 

Information on stars, planets, comets, meteor showers and other celestial phenomena is available from the British Astronomical Association (BAA), the Society for Popular Astronomy (SPA) and the Jodrell Bank night sky guide.

BAA
http://www.britastro.org

SPA
http://www.popastro.com

The Night Sky: Jodrell Bank
http://www.jb.man.ac.uk/astronomy/nightsky/

 


Notes for editors

 

 

The Royal Astronomical Society (RAS, www.ras.org.uk), founded in 1820, encourages and promotes the study of astronomy, solar-system science, geophysics and closely related branches of science. The RAS organizes scientific meetings, publishes international research and review journals, recognizes outstanding achievements by the award of medals and prizes, maintains an extensive library, supports education through grants and outreach activities and represents UK astronomy nationally and internationally. Its more than 3500 members (Fellows), a third based overseas, include scientific researchers in universities, observatories and laboratories as well as historians of astronomy and others.

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