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One black hole or two? Dust clouds can explain puzzling features of active galactic nuclei
Researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), believe clouds of dust, rather than twin black holes, can explain the features found in active galactic nuclei (AGNs). The team publish their results today (14 June) in a paper in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. An artist’s impression of what... More
Last updated on Thursday, 14 June 2018 10:54
Published on Thursday, 14 June 2018 18:00
 
Congratulations Sir James Hough and Haley Gomez MBE!
The Royal Astronomical Society congratulates Professor (Sir) James Hough of the University of Glasgow, and Professor Haley Gomez (MBE) of the University of Cardiff, who are both recognised in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.  The MBE medal, front and reverse Prof. Hough is knighted for his leadership of the... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 13 June 2018 14:31
Published on Wednesday, 13 June 2018 12:45
 
Winners of the RAS 2017 thesis prizes
The RAS is pleased to announce the winners of its prizes for the best PhD theses completed in the UK during 2017.   Prizes are awarded annually: the Michael Penston Prize for the best thesis in astronomy and astrophysics, the Keith Runcorn Prize for the best thesis in geophysics and planetary science, and the Patricia... More
Last updated on Friday, 01 June 2018 13:11
Published on Friday, 01 June 2018 10:29
 
​First interstellar immigrant discovered in the Solar System
A new study has discovered the first known permanent immigrant to our Solar System. The asteroid, currently nestling in Jupiter’s orbit, is the first known asteroid to have been captured from another star system. The work is published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters.   The object known as... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 22 May 2018 15:38
Published on Monday, 21 May 2018 12:00
 
Professor Sheila Rowan FRAS FRS MBE elected a Fellow of the Royal Society
The RAS congratulates Professor Sheila Rowan - Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and director of the University of Glasgow’s IGR (Institute for Gravitational Research) - on being elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in recognition of her pioneering work detecting gravitational waves. Professor Sheila Rowan FRAS FRS... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 15 May 2018 10:57
Published on Tuesday, 15 May 2018 10:54
 
Election results 2018: new RAS Council
The results of the 2018 RAS elections were announced at the Annual General Meeting of the Society on Friday 11 May.   The following Fellows were elected to serve on Council, the governing body of the Society: Vice President (A): Dr Stacey Habergham-Mawson Vice President (G): Prof. Anton Ziolkowski Secretary (A): Dr... More
Last updated on Friday, 11 May 2018 15:53
Published on Friday, 11 May 2018 14:51
 
A map of 1.7 billion stars: RAS President congratulates Gaia scientists
The European Space Agency (ESA) today released the largest dataset yet from the Gaia satellite, an orbiting observatory mapping the Milky Way.   Launched in 2013, Gaia is mapping our Galaxy in unprecedented detail. The latest release includes high accuracy positions for almost 1.7 billion stars, 600 times the number in... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 23 May 2018 10:21
Published on Wednesday, 25 April 2018 12:23
 
Droids beat astronomers in predicting survivability of exoplanets
Artificial intelligence is giving scientists new hope for studying the habitability of planets, in a study from astronomers Chris Lam and David Kipping. Their work looks at so-called ‘Tatooines’, and uses machine learning techniques to calculate how likely such planets are to survive into stable orbits. The study is... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 23 May 2018 10:20
Published on Monday, 23 April 2018 09:24
 
Astronomy & Geophysics: Editor’s Choice April 2018
Highlights from the April issue of Astronomy & Geophysics (A&G), the in-house journal of the Royal Astronomical Society, are now available for free advance viewing online. A&G Editor Sue Bowler’s top picks for this month include a plea for order in astronomical units, a discussion of the value of the Society to... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 23 May 2018 10:21
Published on Tuesday, 17 April 2018 12:00
 
‘Oumuamua likely came from a binary star system
New research finds that 'Oumuamua, the rocky object identified as the first confirmed interstellar asteroid, very likely came from a binary star system.   "It's remarkable that we've now seen for the first time a physical object from outside our Solar System," says lead author Dr Alan Jackson, a postdoc at the Centre for... More
Last updated on Monday, 19 March 2018 11:52
Published on Monday, 19 March 2018 11:52