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  • Magnetic field traces gas and dust swirling around supermassive black hole

    Astronomers reveal a new high resolution map of the magnetic field lines in gas and dust swirling around the supermassive black hole at the centre of our Galaxy, published in a new paper in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. The team, led ...
  • Professor Donald Lynden-Bell CBE FRS, 1935-2018

    The Royal Astronomical Society offers its condolences to the friends and family of Professor Donald-Lynden Bell, who has died at the age of 82. He served as RAS President from 1985 to 1987 and received the Society’s Gold Medal in 1993.   Lynden...
  • RAS Committee Members

    AWARDS COMMITTEES 2018   'A' AWARDS COMMITTEE 'G' AWARDS COMMITTEE (Astronomy excluding planetary science) (Geophysics and planetary science) Chair: Prof. Hiranya Peiris (Vice-President) Chair: Prof. Yvonne Elsworth (Vice...
  • NAM Author Workshop

    The MNRAS authors' guide to good practice in writing research papers and getting them published.   Published in August 2015; updated June 2017. Available online: MNRAS Author Workshop...
  • How to join the IAU

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  • Astronomy & Geophysics: Editor’s Choice February 2018

    The new issue of Astronomy & Geophysics (A&G), the in-house journal of the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS), is now available for advance viewing online! The latest Editor’s Choice includes a spotlight on the Society’s new million-pound progra...
  • RAS medals and awards honour leading astronomers and geophysicists

    The Royal Astronomical Society is pleased to announce the 2018 winners of its awards, medals and prizes. Each year the RAS recognises significant achievement in the fields of astronomy and geophysics through these awards.   The announcements were m...
  • Lecturers of the Royal Astronomical Society

      George Darwin Lecturers Harold Jeffreys Lecturers Gerald Whitrow Lecturers Roger Tayler Lecturers Grubb Parsons Lecturers Sir Norman Lockyer Lecturers Eddington Lectures Gold MedallistsOther MedallistsLectureships -->Thesis Prizewi...
  • OUR BEAUTIFUL UNIVERSE: Into the blue

    Massive galaxy cluster RCS2 J2327. (ESO, ESA/Hubble & NASA) This image of massive galaxy cluster RCS2 J2327 combines Hubble Space Telescope images with the mass distribution superposed as a diffuse blue and white image. Arc-like distorted images...
  • OUR BEAUTIFUL UNIVERSE: JunoCam delivers

    Jupiter by JunoCam. (NASA/SwRI/MSSS/G Eichstädt/S Doran)   A spectacular view of Jupiter’s southern hemisphere clouds from the camera on NASA’s Juno spacecraft – with a bit of help from the public. JunoCam is primarily an education and outre...
  • Call for suggestions for RAS Specialist Discussion Meetings 2018-19

    Call for suggestions for RAS Specialist Discussion Meetings 2018-19 (Deadline 1 March 2018)   The RAS invites suggestions from Fellows of the RAS who wish to propose (and therefore organise) Specialist Discussion meetings for the academic year begi...
  • GJI 2017 Student Author Award winners

    Geophysical Journal International (GJI) is delighted to announce the winners of its Student Author Awards for 2017.  The awards are designed to recognise and acknowledge the best papers submitted to GJI by young scientists in the field. Manuscr...
  • Astronaut, space scientist, and geophysicist recognised in New Year’s Honours list

    Commander of the Order of the British Empire neck decoration (civil division). Click for original image, credit, and licence. The Royal Astronomical Society applauds astronaut Dr Helen Sharman, space scientist Professor Michele Dougherty and geophysicist ...
  • The aims of the Royal Astronomical Society

    The Royal Astronomical Society (RAS), founded in 1820, encourages and promotes the study of astronomy, solar-system science, geophysics and closely related branches of science. The RAS: Organizes scientific meetings in Burlington House, its London HQ, ...
  • 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 Demographic Survey results

    The UK astronomy and geophysics community is larger than ever, according to the results of the latest demographic survey from the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS), published in the December issue of Astronomy & Geophysics, the RAS in-house journal. Bu...
  • Philip Diamond to be new RAS Executive Director

    Philip Diamond, currently the Associate Director for Policy and Programmes at the Institute of Physics, will be the next Executive Director of the Royal Astronomical Society, beginning his new role in January 2018. Philip studied physics at university an...
  • Astro4Dev Mobility grants: applications open

    Applications are now open for the next round of RAS-OAD Astro4Dev mobility grants: coordinated by the Office of Astronomy for Development in partnership with the Royal Astronomical Society, this mobility funding has the goal of establishing or nurturing r...
  • RAS Vice-President Professor Hiranya Peiris shares Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics

    Professor Hiranya Peiris, one of the vice-presidents of the Royal Astronomical Society, is part of the team of winners of the 2018 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics. The scientists worked on the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) satellit...
  • Our Dynamic Sun

    {youtube}67dToVGcs8A{/youtube} Talk at the RAS Public Lecture held on 11th April 2017 by Dr Helen Mason (Cambridge University)...
  • Membership Fees

    Methods of payment The membership fees listed below assume that payment will made by credit or debit card via the online payment system, or by Direct Debit from a UK bank account. Payment can also be accepted by cheque, please make them payable to 'Royal...
  • Traces of life on nearest exoplanets may be hidden in equatorial trap

    New simulations show that the search for life on other planets may well be more difficult than previously assumed, in research published today in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. The study indicates that unusual air flow patt...
  • Science policy

    House of Commons Science and Technology Committee: inquiry into the Science Budget and the Industrial Strategy (2017) Science_and_Technology_Committee_budget_industrial_strategy.pdf   Horizon 2020: options for the UK (2017) Horizon_2020_UK_option...
  • Astronomy & geophysics education

    Department of Business, Enterprise, Innovation and Skills: Inquiry into the use of laser pointers (2017) Laser_pointers_consultation_October_2017.pdf Commons Science and Technology Select Committee: Inquiry into Science Communication (2016) Science_and...
  • 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 ...