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  • 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 â...
  • 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...
  • Universe’s ultraviolet background could provide clues about missing galaxies

    Astronomers have developed a way to detect the ultraviolet (UV) background of the Universe, which could help explain why there are so few small galaxies in the cosmos. UV radiation is invisible but shows up as visible red light when it interacts with gas....
  • Job vacancy: Assistant Editor (MNRAS)

    Job Advertisement: Closing Date 18th April 2017   Assistant Editor The Royal Astronomical Society   The Royal Astronomical Society is looking for an Assistant Editor to process research papers submitted for publication to its leading resear...
  • Physical Manifestations of Evolution, Regularity and Chaos In and Around Our Galaxy

    {youtube}06lH3uGZaWQ{/youtube} Talk at the Ordinary Meeting of the RAS held on 10th March 2017 by Professor Kathryn Johnston (Columbia University)...
  • Can variations in the Earth's orbit create stratigraphic sequences?

    {youtube}Im5I0D2rI34{/youtube} Talk at the Ordinary Meeting of the RAS held on 10th March 2017 by Dr John Armitage (Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris)...
  • The Origin of the Galactic Field: where are the Suns born?

    {youtube}S9o6M6bqBFY{/youtube} Talk at the Ordinary Meeting of the RAS held on 10th February 2017 by Richard Parker (University of Sheffield)...
  • Prospects for SETI and the Breakthrough Listen Project

    {youtube}F0TvlGCUb08{/youtube} Talk at the Ordinary Meeting of the RAS held on 10th February 2017 by Martin Rees (Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge)...
  • Unmasking the power source in superluminous supernovae

    {youtube}NgcYnR8lk8Q{/youtube} Talk at the Ordinary Meeting of the RAS held on 10th February 2017 by Matt Nicholl (Harvard-Smithsonian CfA)...
  • EISCAT_3D: The future of incoherent scatter radars

    {youtube}QlcQyWfdzow{/youtube} Talk at the Ordinary Meeting of the RAS held on 10th February 2017 by Ian McCrea (Rutherford Appleton Laboratory)...
  • Structure and History of the Milky Way

    {youtube}tYe25Gcg44Y{/youtube} Talk at the Ordinary Meeting of the RAS held on 13th January 2017 by Dr. Ralph Schoenrich (University of Oxford)...
  • Some remaining mysteries in the aurora

    {youtube}Kvq4niJI0IQ{/youtube} Talk at the Ordinary Meeting of the RAS held on 13th January 2017 by Professor Betty Lancaster (University of Southampton)...
  • Mysterious Interior of Jupiter and NASA's JUNO Mission

    {youtube}9KJC5npkq5o{/youtube} Talk at the Ordinary Meeting of the RAS held on 13th January 2017 by Dali Kong (University of Exeter)...
  • Star cluster discovery could upset the astronomical applecart

    The discovery of young stars in old star clusters could send scientists back to the drawing board for one of the Universe's most common objects. The new result appears in a paper in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. Dr Bi-Qin...
  • Spontaneous “dust traps”: astronomers discover a missing link in planet formation

    Planets are thought to form in the disks of dust and gas found around young stars. But astronomers have struggled to assemble a complete theory of their origin that explains how the initial dust develops into planetary systems. A French-UK-Australian team...
  • Applying for a Grant

    This page gives details on the RAS grants scheme, including deadlines and application forms. See also the criteria for grants. Applications should be for support of research or study in any areas of astronomy and geophysics, including, but not limited to...
  • Astronomy & geophysics education

    Commons Science and Technology Select Committee: Inquiry into Science Communication (2016) Science_and_Technology_Select_Committee_final.pdf DfE consultation on changes to assessment of GCSE Astronomy: RAS response (2016) GCSE_Astronomy_Consultation.pd...
  • Neural networks promise sharpest ever images

    Telescopes, the workhorse instruments of astronomy, are limited by the size of the mirror or lens they use. Using 'neural nets', a form of artificial intelligence, a group of Swiss researchers now have a way to push past that limit, offering scientists th...
  • Space policy

    UK Space Agency: Call for Ideas and Evidence (2017) Response_to_Call_for_Ideas_and_Evidence_final.pdf House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee inquiry into Satellites and Space (2016) Satellites_and_Space_final_2016.pdf House of Common...
  • NAM Author Workshop

    The MNRAS authors' guide to good practice in writing research papers and getting them published.   Published in August 2015; updated June 2016. Available online: MNRAS Author Workshop...
  • University Points of Contact: N-Z

    If you need someone to sign your membership application, or to provide other information, your first port of call should be your local RAS Point of Contact (PoC), should you have one.  (The terms of reference of PoCs are outlined in a Standing ...
  • RAS LETTERS Abbadie-Cruis

    ABBADIE, Antoine Thompson d’ 38,1; 73,2; 84,2; 96,2. ABBE, Cleveland 73,1; 75,1; 76,2; 91,1. ABBETTI, Antonio 1919;2. ABBOTT, Francis 66,2; 67,1; 68,2; 71,1; 80,1; 81,1. ABNEY, Sir William de Wiversley 70,2; 71,1; 72,1; 73,2; 77,2; 78,1; 79,2; ...
  • A 43,000 light year bridge between galaxies

    The Magellanic Clouds, the two largest satellite galaxies of the Milky Way, appear to be connected by a bridge stretching across 43,000 light years, according to an international team of astronomers led by Dr Vasily Belokurov from the University of Cambri...