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  • 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...
  • Call for topics for RAS Specialist Discussion Meetings 2017-18

    The RAS holds regular monthly scientific meetings from October to May each year, usually on the second Friday of the month. Typically a pair of Specialist Discussion meetings for Fellows are followed by a more general Astronomy & Geophysics ('Ordinary...
  • Photons struggle to escape distant galaxies

    Astronomers led by David Sobral and Jorryt Matthee, of the Universities of Lancaster in the UK and Leiden in the Netherlands, have discovered giant halos around early Milky Way type galaxies, made of photons (elementary particles of light) that have strug...
  • UK students bring home gold from Astronomy Olympiad

    The winning team from Marlborough College. Left to right: Chris Underhill, Alan Sun, Thomas Read, Michael Smith, Mavis Chan. Credit: S. Kruk. Click for a full size image.Five UK school students brought back medals from last month's International Olympiad ...
  • Georges Lemaître: Life, Science and Legacy

    {youtube}ehJ1KfnuCYw{/youtube} Talk at the Ordinary Meeting of the RAS held on 11th November 2016 by Dr Simon Mitton (St Edmund's College Cambridge)...
  • Proxima b and the search for terrestrial planets around the nearest red dwarfs

    {youtube}QWWYDVBOGV8{/youtube} Talk at the Ordinary Meeting of the RAS held on 14th October 2016 by Dr Guillem Anglada-Escude (QMUL)...
  • Gaia: the 6-D Milky Way map is coming to you

    {youtube}8KepdLqBibw{/youtube} Talk at the Ordinary Meeting of the RAS held on 11th November 2016 by Prof Gerry Gilmore (Cambridge University)...
  • Brave New Worlds

    {youtube}2YFmp0mu4PY{/youtube} Talk at the RAS Public Lecture held on 11th October 2016 by Professor Giovanna Tinetti (UCL)...
  • Universe

    {youtube}WqYE7YL54iY{/youtube} Talk at the Ordinary Meeting of the RAS held on 14th October 2016 by Dr Neil Turok (Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics)...
  • GJI 2016 Student Author Award winners

    Geophysical Journal International (GJI) is delighted to announce the winners of its Student Author Awards for 2016.  The awards are designed to recognise and acknowledge the best papers submitted to GJI by young scientists in the field. Manuscr...
  • PhD careers: the options

    19th October 2016 {youtube}AXzv1gQLoho{/youtube} Welcome from Paul Hardaker, Chief Executive, Institute of Physics {youtube}kqObF9rAHPU{/youtube} Keynote address from Jon Butterworth, University College London {youtube}SGjOsJBvbdo{/youtube} Bruce Si...
  • Dark Matter May be Smoother than Expected

    Analysis of a giant new galaxy survey, made with the European Southern Observatory's VLT in Chile, suggests that dark matter may be less dense and more smoothly distributed throughout space than previously thought. An international team used data fro...
  • First Signs of Weird Quantum Property of Empty Space?

    By studying the light emitted from an extraordinarily dense and strongly magnetised neutron star using ESO's Very Large Telescope, astronomers may have found the first observational indications of a strange quantum effect, first predicted in the 1930s. Th...
  • Room hire at Burlington House

    The Council Room can be hired for free by Fellows. Fellows and outside organisations can hire the Lecture Theatre and Council Room at Burlington House. In all cases users must adhere to the General Conditions and Code of Conduct, and complete a...
  • Nominations for RAS Council close this Friday

    Have you ever thought about becoming more involved with the RAS? The Society is run by a governing Council, which makes major strategic decisions on our future plans, as well as being the legally accountable body for our work. This year we're seeking nomi...
  • OUR BEAUTIFUL UNIVERSE: Happy tenth birthday Hinode

    (NASA/JAXA/Hinode)   The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) mission, with NASA, UKSA and ESA participation, celebrated 10 years of solar observations in September 2016. Hinode was designed to examine the magnetic behaviour of the Sun, focusi...