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Cosmic lenses support finding on faster than expected expansion of the Universe
By using galaxies as giant gravitational lenses, an international group of astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have made an independent measurement of how fast the Universe is expanding. The newly measured expansion rate for the local Universe is consistent with earlier findings. These are, however, in... More
Last updated on Friday, 27 January 2017 09:30
Published on Thursday, 26 January 2017 15:00
Call for nominations: PhD thesis prizes
Each year the RAS recognises the best PhD theses in astronomy and geophysics completed in the UK. The deadline to nominate theses completed during 2016 is 31 January 2017. Three prizes are available: the Michael Penston prize for astronomy, the Keith Runcorn prize for geophysics, and the Patricia Tomkins prize for... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 18 January 2017 14:41
Published on Wednesday, 18 January 2017 14:41
A Galaxy Murder Mystery
It’s the big astrophysical 'whodunnit'. Across the Universe, galaxies are being killed and the question scientists want answered is, "What’s killing them?" An artist’s impression showing the increasing effect of ram-pressure stripping in removing gas from galaxies, sending them to an early death. Credit: ICRAR, NASA,... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 17 January 2017 11:01
Published on Tuesday, 17 January 2017 11:01
Call for topics for RAS Specialist Discussion Meetings 2017-18
The RAS holds regular monthly scientific meetings from October to May each year, usually on the second Friday of the month. Typically a pair of Specialist Discussion meetings for Fellows are followed by a more general Astronomy & Geophysics ('Ordinary') meeting, open to the public.   The RAS lecture theatre at... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 11 January 2017 11:00
Published on Wednesday, 11 January 2017 11:00
Photons struggle to escape distant galaxies
Astronomers led by David Sobral and Jorryt Matthee, of the Universities of Lancaster in the UK and Leiden in the Netherlands, have discovered giant halos around early Milky Way type galaxies, made of photons (elementary particles of light) that have struggled to escape them. The team reports its findings in the journal Monthly... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 11 January 2017 10:59
Published on Wednesday, 11 January 2017 08:01
UK students bring home gold from Astronomy Olympiad
The winning team from Marlborough College. Left to right: Chris Underhill, Alan Sun, Thomas Read, Michael Smith, Mavis Chan. Credit: S. Kruk. Click for a full size image.Five UK school students brought back medals from last month's International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics. Led by Sandor Kruk (University of Oxford)... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 10 January 2017 15:53
Published on Thursday, 05 January 2017 11:35
Vera Rubin, 1928-2016
Pioneering astronomer Professor Vera Rubin, who carried out seminal research on the movement of stars in galaxies, died in December at the age of 88. Rubin, whose work added key evidence for the presence of dark matter, received the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society in 1996, the first woman to do so since Caroline... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 18 January 2017 15:46
Published on Wednesday, 04 January 2017 12:05
Call for nominations for 2018 medals and prizes
Nominations are now being invited for RAS Medals and Prizes to be awarded in January 2018. The deadline for nominations is 31 July 2017 for most awards, with the exception of the Patrick Moore Medal and the Annie Maunder Medal for Outreach which have a deadline of 30 September 2017. The Gold Medal of the RASA list of the... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 31 May 2017 10:21
Published on Tuesday, 19 July 2016 09:54
Election results 2017: new RAS Council
The results of the 2017 RAS elections were announced at the Annual General Meeting of the Society on Friday 12 May.   The following Fellows were elected to serve on Council, the governing body of the Society: President (Elect): Prof Mike Cruise Vice President (G): Prof Ian Crawford Vice President (A): Mr Charles... More
Last updated on Friday, 12 May 2017 16:30
Published on Friday, 13 May 2016 15:51