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  • 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. &nbs...
  • Spring bank holiday closure 2017

    The RAS offices at Burlington House will be closed for the Spring bank holiday. The last day Fellows and visitors can make use of the facilities is Friday 26 May 2017. The RAS is closed on Monday 29 and Tuesday 30 May, and will re-open on Wednesday 31 Ma...
  • 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 H...
  • Current Members of the RAS Council

    The Royal Astronomical Society is directed and managed by a Council whose members decided by elections held each year. The RAS is a charity under UK law, so the council members also serve as the legal trustees of the charity. Details on the composition a...
  • NAM 2017: First media announcement

    Around 500 astronomers and space scientists will gather at the University of Hull, from 2 – 6 July, for the Royal Astronomical Society National Astronomy Meeting (NAM 2017). The conference is the largest regular professional astronomy and space science ...
  • Carers' grants for NAM 2017

    The RAS is once again offering a carers' grant scheme for the 2017 National Astronomy Meeting (NAM 2017), to give eligible delegates a grant towards additional costs of paying for care when attending the conference. Applications may be submitted at any t...
  • Opening times

    Opening times On Wednesday 14 June 2017 the library will be closed for filming of its collections from 11am. Please contact the librarian if you need access to library materials during this time. The RAS Library is open 10:00–17:00 Monday to Friday, e...
  • 2016 Publication Statistics

    RAS JOURNALS - 2016 Statistical summary and Impact Factors 2011 to 2015   MNRAS: The number of papers submitted to MNRAS in 2016 increased by 8%. During 2016 the median length of time from submission to first decision was 32 days for Main Jour...
  • Biographies of Council Members

    Members of Council have provided the following short biographies of themselves.   President  JOHN C. ZARNECKI (G)  MA, PhD, FRAS, FInstP, CPhys. Director (part-time), International Space Science Institute, Switzerland & Em...
  • 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 V...
  • 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' ...
  • 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 s...
  • 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 ...
  • Paneth Meteorite Trust Awards

    Prof. Friedrich Adolf Paneth (copyright University of Durham)Applications for undergraduate internships in meteoritics are now open. The F. A. Paneth Meteorite Trust was set up ‘to encourage and further research concerned with meteorites’ with funds f...
  • Astronomy Forum, February 2017

    This meeting of the Astronomy Forum took place on 7 February 2017.   Notes from the Astronomy Forum, February_2017 UK Space Agency update to Astronomy Forum Feb 2017 (Katherine Wright, UK Space Agency) STFC presentation to Astronomy Forum, Februa...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 Mack...
  • 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...
  • ‘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...