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Job vacancy: Education and Outreach Officer
Job Advertisement: closing date 8 September 2017   Education and Outreach Officer (part-time: 2 days a week job share) The Royal Astronomical Society   The Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) is looking for a multi-talented self-starter to take on a job share role as Education and Outreach Officer. This is a role... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 01 August 2017 14:15
Published on Tuesday, 01 August 2017 14:14
 
Astro4Dev mobility grants now available
Applications are now open for the RAS-OAD Astro4Dev mobility grants: coordinated by the OAD in partnership with the Royal Astronomical Society, this mobility funding has the goal of establishing or nurturing research, educational and/or development related collaborations between the United Kingdom (UK) and countries where... More
Last updated on Monday, 31 July 2017 15:59
Published on Monday, 31 July 2017 15:58
 
Astrophysicists map out the light energy contained within the Milky Way
For the first time, a team of scientists have calculated the distribution of all light energy contained within the Milky Way, which will provide new insight into the make-up of our galaxy and how stars in spiral galaxies such as ours form. The study is published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical... More
Last updated on Friday, 28 July 2017 09:17
Published on Friday, 28 July 2017 05:00
 
Milky Way’s origins are not what they seem
In a first-of-its-kind analysis, Northwestern University astrophysicists have discovered that, contrary to previously standard lore, up to half of the matter in our Milky Way galaxy may come from distant galaxies. As a result, each one of us may be made in part from extragalactic matter. The study, which required the equivalent... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 26 July 2017 09:47
Published on Thursday, 27 July 2017 01:00
 
Job vacancy: RAS Executive Director
Job Advertisement   Executive Director The Royal Astronomical Society   The Royal Astronomical Society is looking for a new Executive Director to provide direction, leadership and motivation to the Society, its resources and dedicated professional staff. The Society promotes and disseminates the study... More
Last updated on Thursday, 27 July 2017 15:01
Published on Wednesday, 26 July 2017 12:32
 
Superluminous supernova marks the death of a star at cosmic high noon
The death of a massive star in a distant galaxy 10 billion years ago created a rare superluminous supernova that astronomers say is one of the most distant ever discovered. The brilliant explosion, more than three times as bright as the 100 billion stars of our Milky Way galaxy combined, occurred about 3.5 billion years after... More
Last updated on Friday, 21 July 2017 17:14
Published on Friday, 21 July 2017 17:12
 
Spiral arms allow school children to weigh black holes
Astronomers from Swinburne University of Technology, Australia, and the University of Minnesota Duluth, USA, have provided a way for armchair astronomers, and even primary school children, to merely look at a spiral galaxy and estimate the mass of its hidden, central black hole. The research was supported by the Australian... More
Last updated on Thursday, 20 July 2017 15:44
Published on Thursday, 20 July 2017 15:33
 
Winners of the RAS thesis prizes
The RAS is pleased to announce the winners of its prizes for the best PhD theses completed in the UK during 2016.   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, 14 July 2017 16:31
Published on Friday, 14 July 2017 11:02
 
Cosmic “dust factory” reveals clues to how stars are born
A group of scientists led by researchers at Cardiff University have discovered a rich inventory of molecules at the centre of an exploded star for the very first time. The findings are published today in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. This artist's illustration of Supernova 1987A reveals the... More
Last updated on Monday, 10 July 2017 15:05
Published on Monday, 10 July 2017 15:00
 
Milky Way could have 100 billion brown dwarfs
Our galaxy could have 100 billion brown dwarfs or more, according to work by an international team of astronomers, led by Koraljka Muzic from the University of Lisbon and Aleks Scholz from the University of St Andrews. On Thursday 6 July Scholz will present their survey of dense star clusters, where brown dwarfs are abundant,... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 05 July 2017 11:19
Published on Wednesday, 05 July 2017 23:01