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  • Winners of the 2013 awards, medals and prizes - full details

    On Friday 11 January the Royal Astronomical Society announced the recipients of the Society’s medals and awards for 2013. The prizes honour individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to astronomy (here designated ‘A’) and geophysics (‘G...
  • 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...
  • Do stars fall quietly into black holes, or crash into something utterly unknown?

    Astronomers in the United States, at the University of Texas at Austin and Harvard University, have put a basic principle of black holes to the test, showing that matter completely vanishes when pulled in. Their results, published in Monthly Notices of th...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • OUR BEAUTIFUL UNIVERSE: Making waves in Perseus galaxy cluster

    Simulation of hot gas in the Perseus Cluster. (NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/S Walker et al.) Data from NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory and The Karl G Jansky Very Large Array has been combined with computer simulations to produce this image of ...
  • OUR BEAUTIFUL UNIVERSE: Hubble’s Final Frontier

    Galaxy cluster Abell 370. (NASA, ESA, J Lotz and HFF Team [STScI]) The last of the six Frontier Fields imaged by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope centres on the giant galaxy cluster Abell 370, 4 billion light years away. This visible and nea...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • ‘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)...
  • 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. ...
  • 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...
  • 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...