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  • ‘Whatever shines should be observed’: astronomical prize medals

    {youtube}dtAMbuLL784{/youtube} Talk at the Ordinary Meeting of the RAS held on 7th April 2017 by Melanie Vandenbrouck (Royal Museums Greenwich)...
  • Asteroseismology: A New Keplerian Revolution

    {youtube}h6dfSLEG5_0{/youtube} Talk at the Ordinary Meeting of the RAS held on 7th April 2017 by Professor Don Kurtz (University of Central Lancashire)...
  • The Rise of CubeSats: from educational tools to operational systems

    {youtube}oA5-SKbLnqk{/youtube} Talk at the Ordinary Meeting of the RAS held on 7th April 2017 by Roger Walker (ESA)...
  • The International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics

    {youtube}bHZW2962i4w{/youtube} Talk at the Ordinary Meeting of the RAS held on 7th April 2017 by Charles Barclay (Marlborough College and University of Oxford)...
  • 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 d...
  • 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. ...
  • 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 de...
  • Winton Award Winners

    2011 Prizewinners: Winton Capital Award for Astronomy: Dr Sugata Kaviraj, Imperial College London Winton Capital Award for Geophysics: Dr Leigh Fletcher, University of Oxford   2010 Prizewinners: Winton Capital Award for Astronomy: Dr Elizabeth ...
  • Winton Award (G)

    Funded  by the Investment House of that name in recognition of the skills provided to the financial services sector by trained astronomers and geophysicists, the Winton prizes (each of £1,000) are for research by a Post Doctoral Fellow in a UK insti...
  • Winton Award (A)

    Funded  by the Investment House of that name in recognition of the skills provided to the financial services sector by trained astronomers and geophysicists, the Winton prizes (each of £1,000) are for research by a Post Doctoral Fellow in a UK insti...
  • Agnes Mary Clerke Medal for Historical Research in Astronomy or Geophysics

    The Agnes Mary Clerke Medal for Historical Research in Astronomy or Geophysics is awarded to an individual who has achieved outstanding personal research into the history of astronomy or geophysics.   Word nomination form pdf nomination form &nbs...
  • Easter closure

    The RAS offices at Burlington House will be closed over the Easter holidays. The last day Fellows and visitors can make use of the facilities is Thursday 13 April 2017. The RAS is then closed from 14-18 April inclusive. We will re-open on Wednesday 19 Ap...
  • 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 climat...
  • A List of Current Honorary Fellows

    Name Institution/ Country Professor K.D. Abhyankar India Professor A.A. Adam Geodetic and Geophysical Research Institute, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary Professor Conny Aerts Instituut voor Sterrenkunde, Belgium Profe...
  • List of astronomers and geophysicists willing to give talks to schools

    The Royal Astronomical Society maintains the following list of scientists who are willing to give talks in schools free of charge (except for expenses). Teachers wishing to make use of this service should contact potential speakers directly. Audio-visual ...
  • 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...
  • Friends Events in 2016

    These are the events which were organised in 2016 for Friends of the RAS.   Tuesday, 6 December, 6 pm FRIENDS: Christmas Drinks Reception in the Council Room of the Royal Astronomical Society The reception will be hosted by our President, John Za...
  • Friends of the RAS

       Become a FRIEND of the RAS and enjoy: Friends-only lectures Priority seating at RAS Public Lectures Invitations to social events and meetings in Burlington House Use of the Society's historic Library in Burlington House Escorted visit...
  • 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 ...
  • External Geophysics Forum

    External Geophysics Forum March 2013 HEFCE presentation on the Research Excellence Framework March 2013 External Geophysics Forum May 2014 External Geophysics Forum January 2017 ...
  • Solid Earth Geophysics Forum

    Solid Earth Geophysics Forum May 2013 Solid Earth Geophysics Forum December 2013 Solid Earth Geophysics Forum January 2016 ...
  • Astronomers identify purest, most massive brown dwarf

    An international team of astronomers has identified a record breaking brown dwarf (a star too small for nuclear fusion) with the 'purest' composition and the highest mass yet known. The object, known as SDSS J0104+1535, is a member of the so-called halo ...
  • Gaia – Mapping the Milky Way from Space

    {youtube}zzIgP7X-PRc{/youtube} Talk at the RAS Public Lecture held on 14th March 2017 by Professor Gerry Gilmore (Cambridge University)...
  • Associations

    The Society has formal associations with a number of organizations having shared interests, or offering benefits to RAS members, and has less formal arrangements with several other bodies.   The Society has a Memorandum of Understanding o...
  • RAS Committee Members

    AWARDS COMMITTEES 2016   'A' AWARDS COMMITTEE 'G' AWARDS COMMITTEE (Astronomy excluding planetary science) (Geophysics and planetary science) Chair: Prof. Don Kurtz (Vice-President) Chair: Prof. Yvonne Elsworth (Vice-Pres...