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Surprise methanol detection points to an evolving story of Enceladus’s plumes
A serendipitous detection of the organic molecule methanol around an intriguing moon of Saturn suggests that material spewed from Enceladus undertakes a complex chemical journey once vented into space. This is the first time that a molecule from Enceladus has been detected with a ground-based telescope. Dr Emily Drabek-Maunder,... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 04 July 2017 12:18
Published on Tuesday, 04 July 2017 08:17
 
Musical Sun reduces range of magnetic activity
A study of the Sun using sound waves suggests that the layer in which the significant magnetic activity is located has grown thinner in recent years. Prof Yvonne Elsworth will present results at the National Astronomy Meeting at the University of Hull on Tuesday 4 July. Image of the sun in 171 angstrom as seen by NASA's SDO on... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 04 July 2017 11:55
Published on Monday, 03 July 2017 23:01
 
Shining a light on solar energetic particles and jets
A team of astronomers, led by PhD researcher Malcolm Druett of Northumbria University at Newcastle, have taken a big step forward in understanding a 30-year-old mystery in the process of formation of solar flares. Druett will present their work on Monday 3 July at the National Astronomy Meeting in Hull, and the research appears... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 04 July 2017 12:03
Published on Monday, 03 July 2017 16:28
 
Under pressure - extreme atmosphere stripping may limit exoplanets’ habitability
New models of massive stellar eruptions hint at an extra layer of complexity when considering whether an exoplanet may be habitable or not. Models developed for our own Sun have now been applied to cool stars favoured by exoplanet hunters, in research presented by Dr Christina Kay, of the NASA Goddard Flight Center, on Monday... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 04 July 2017 11:58
Published on Monday, 03 July 2017 14:52
 
Carlos Frenk and Katherine Blundell receive national honours
Professor Carlos Frenk, Director of the Institute for Computational Cosmlogy at Durham University, and Professor Katherine Blundell, Professor of Astrophysics and Supernumeray Research Fellow at St John's College at the University of Oxford, receive awards in the Queen's Birthday Honours list. Professor Carlos Frenk. Credit:... More
Last updated on Monday, 19 June 2017 11:35
Published on Monday, 19 June 2017 09:42
 
ALMA finds ingredient of life around infant Sun-like stars
Using the Atacama Large Millimetre / submillimetre Array (ALMA), astronomers have observed stars like the Sun at a very early stage in their formation and found traces of methyl isocyanate — a chemical building block of life. This is the first ever detection of this prebiotic molecule towards solar-type protostars, the sort... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 07 June 2017 08:46
Published on Thursday, 08 June 2017 11:00
 
Do stars fall quietly into black holes, or crash into something utterly unknown?
Astronomers in the United States, at the University of Texas at Austin and Harvard University, have put a basic principle of black holes to the test, showing that matter completely vanishes when pulled in. Their results, published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, constitute another successful test for... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 30 May 2017 16:56
Published on Tuesday, 30 May 2017 16:00
 
Simon White wins Shaw Prize
Prof Simon White, a director of the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics in Garching, Germany, has won the Shaw Prize for Astronomy. The Prize, considered to be 'the Nobel of the East', recognises the achievements of the world's leading scientists.   Prof White is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, and has... More
Last updated on Thursday, 25 May 2017 10:12
Published on Thursday, 25 May 2017 09:52
 
Biggest ever simulations help uncover the history of the galaxy
Thousands of processors, terabytes of data, and months of computing time have helped a group of researchers in Germany create some of the largest and highest resolution simulations ever made of galaxies like our Milky Way. Led by Dr Robert Grand of the Heidelberger Institut fuer Theoretische Studien, the work of the Auriga... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 24 May 2017 09:31
Published on Wednesday, 24 May 2017 05:00
 
RAS funds five public engagement projects to mark 200th anniversary
Planet walks and planetaria in Galway, tactile stargazing for people with sight loss, adventures in space for girls, astronomy and geophysics for rehabilitation of prisoners, and a science trailer for Cornwall make up five new public engagement projects supported by more than £400,000 from the Royal Astronomical Society. The... More
Last updated on Friday, 12 May 2017 10:52
Published on Friday, 12 May 2017 16:00