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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
 
Applications invited for Paneth Meteorite Trust internships
Applications are invited for undergraduate internships in meteoritics. The internships will be funded by the F.A. Paneth Meteorite Trust, which was set up ‘to encourage and further research concerned with meteorites’.Prof. Friedrich Adolf Paneth (copyright University of Durham) Applications should be submitted by... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 10 May 2017 15:06
Published on Wednesday, 10 May 2017 15:06
 
Reminder: RAS AGM 2017 this Friday, 12th May
The 197th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the RAS will be held in the lecture theatre of the Geological Society, Burlington House, London, on Friday 12th May 2017 at 16:00. It is open to RAS Fellows and staff members only.  The AGM Agenda, Trustees' Annual Report & Accounts 2016, Minutes of the 196th AGM 2016, and the... More
Last updated on Friday, 12 May 2017 11:52
Published on Thursday, 27 April 2017 12:39
 
Sun's eruptions might all have same trigger
Large and small scale solar eruptions might all be triggered by a single process, according to new research that leads to better understanding of the Sun's activity. The work, led by Royal Astronomical Society Fellowship holder Dr Peter Wyper, appears in Nature. The team researchers, at Durham University in the UK, and NASA's... More
Last updated on Thursday, 27 April 2017 11:21
Published on Thursday, 27 April 2017 11:21
 
New survey hints at ancient origin for the Cold Spot
A supervoid is unlikely to explain a 'Cold Spot' in the cosmic microwave background, according to the results of a new survey, leaving room for exotic explanations like a collision between universes. The researchers, led by postgraduate student Ruari Mackenzie and Professor Tom Shanks in Durham University's Centre for... More
Last updated on Thursday, 27 April 2017 10:34
Published on Tuesday, 25 April 2017 16:00
 
Oceans galore: new study suggests most habitable planets may lack dry land
When it comes to exploring exoplanets, it may be wise to take a snorkel along. A new study, published in a paper in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, has used a statistical model to predict that most habitable planets may be dominated by oceans spanning over 90% of their surface area.   The... More
Last updated on Thursday, 20 April 2017 10:01
Published on Thursday, 20 April 2017 09:58
 
Waterloo researchers capture first “image” of a dark matter web that connects galaxies
Researchers at the University of Waterloo have been able to capture the first composite image of a dark matter bridge that connects galaxies together. The scientists publish their work in a new paper in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.   Dark matter filaments bridge the space between galaxies in this... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 12 April 2017 08:40
Published on Wednesday, 12 April 2017 08:16
 
Student shows cosmic signals are the 'real deal'
A PhD student at the ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO) in Australia has settled one of astronomy's burning questions with a radio telescope near Canberra that she helped refurbish. Manisha Caleb. Credit: Peter Battye, Real Image Photography. Click for a full size imageManisha Caleb, who is enrolled at... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 05 April 2017 10:12
Published on Wednesday, 05 April 2017 10:04
 
Paintings, sunspots and frost fairs: rethinking the Little Ice Age
The whole concept of the 'Little Ice Age' is 'misleading', as the changes were small-scale, seasonal and insignificant compared with present-day global warming, argue a group of solar and climate scientists. Explanations for the cooling to Earth's climate, thought to have occurred between the 16th and 19th centuries, include... More
Last updated on Sunday, 09 April 2017 14:26
Published on Tuesday, 04 April 2017 06:01
 
Explaining the accelerating expansion of the universe without dark energy
Enigmatic 'dark energy', thought to make up 68% of the universe, may not exist at all, according to a Hungarian-American team. The researchers believe that standard models of the universe fail to take account of its changing structure, but that once this is done the need for dark energy disappears. The team publish their... More
Last updated on Thursday, 30 March 2017 11:22
Published on Thursday, 30 March 2017 09:32