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  • 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)...
  • OUR BEAUTIFUL UNIVERSE: ESA posts another Sentinel

    The Gobi Desert, imaged by Sentinel. (Copernicus Sentinel data 2015/ESA)  The second Sentinel 2 satellite was launched successfully on 7 March. Sentinel 2A is already in orbit. Together the two satellites will provide global high-resolution Eart...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • RAS Library Regulations

    The term Fellow, when used in the following regulations, shall be understood to include Associates.   OPENING HOURS 1. The Library is open on Monday to Friday from 10h to 17h. It is closed on Public Holidays, privilege days and, occasionally, for ...
  • Lists of Medallists, Prize Winners and Lecturers

    Medallists Gold Medallists Chapman Medallists Eddington Medallists Herschel Medallists Jackson-Gwilt Medallists Price Medallists Patrick Moore Medallists Agnes Clerke Medallists Annie Maunder Medallists   Award Winners Fowler Award ...
  • RAS response to the US Executive Order banning entry from seven countries

    The Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) is greatly concerned by the Executive Order announced last week by US President Donald Trump, which prevents people from seven Middle Eastern and African countries from entering the United States. As an international ...
  • Cosmic lenses support finding on faster than expected expansion of the Universe

    By using galaxies as giant gravitational lenses, an international group of astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have made an independent measurement of how fast the Universe is expanding. The newly measured expansion rate for the local Un...
  • General information about meetings

     Notes for speakers at, and organizers of, RAS meetings: 'Frequently Asked Questions' for speakers at A&G (Ordinary) Meetings Some general notes for organizers of Specialist Discussion Meetings Formal notes for speakers How to propose a Spe...
  • RAS Meetings

    The RAS holds regular monthly meetings from October to May covering all aspects of astronomy and solid-earth geophysics, planetary sciences and solar-terrestrial physics. Usually, a pair of Specialist Discussion meetings for Fellows are followed by a more...
  • RAS Mailing List

    Every month during the RAS meetings season (October-May), and intermittently at other times, a short e-bulletin is issued giving details of upcoming meetings, information on grant or awards availabilities, Council vacancies, etc. These bulletins are brief...
  • Meetings Location Map

    This schematic map has North at top, and is not to scale! Burlington house is a couple of hundred metres from both Green Park and Piccadilly Circus tube stations, and a 10-15 minute walk from Oxford Circus. [OS-style maps are available from streetmap.co....
  • Proposing an RAS Meeting

    The Royal Astronomical Society's central goals include the encouragement and promotion of astronomy and geophysics. One important way in which the Society addresses this objective is by organizing a series of meetings each year. The regular meetings are c...
  • Speaking at RAS Meetings: Frequently Asked Questions

    These notes are intended for speakers at RAS A&G ('Ordinary') Meetings. They don't generally apply to presentations at Specialist Discussion Meetings; speakers at Specialist Discussions should consult the meeting organizers, who are responsible for th...
  • External Meetings

    The following are meetings which may be of interest to Fellows, but which do not form part of the Society's normal meeting schedule. These meetings are generally held in locations other than the RAS, but have some connection to the Society e.g. jointly or...
  • Previous External Meetings

      This page lists a selection of UK meetings, including those held in the Burlington House premises of the RAS, that are sponsored or otherwise supported by the RAS but are not otherwise listed on the RAS meetings and Public Lectures pages. An ...
  • Vera Rubin, 1928-2016

    Pioneering astronomer Professor Vera Rubin, who carried out seminal research on the movement of stars in galaxies, died in December at the age of 88. Rubin, whose work added key evidence for the presence of dark matter, received the Gold Medal of the Roya...
  • A Galaxy Murder Mystery

    It’s the big astrophysical 'whodunnit'. Across the Universe, galaxies are being killed and the question scientists want answered is, "What’s killing them?" An artist’s impression showing the increasing effect of ram-pressure stripping in removing g...
  • OUR BEAUTIFUL UNIVERSE: Jets get a turbo boost

     Merging galaxies. (X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO/R van Weeren et al. Optical: NAOJ/Subaru. Radio: NCRA/TIFR/GMRT)   This image combines X-ray data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory with radio imagery from the Giant Metrewave Telescope in India an...
  • 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...