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  • 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...
  • OUR BEAUTIFUL UNIVERSE: Grazing galaxies produce ephemeral eyelids

     Galaxies IC2163 (left) and NGC2207 (right) recently grazed past each other, triggering a tsunami of stars and gas in IC2163 and producing the dazzling eyelid-like features there. This ALMA image of carbon monoxide (orange), which revealed the motion...
  • RAS200 Town Hall meetings (second tranche)

    Here you can find all the information you need about the RAS200 town hall meetings taking place all over the UK and internationally within the next few months.   These will bring together potential national partners and / or their local representat...
  • Minutes of March 2016

    Minutes of the March Council meeting held in March 2016 at Burlington House....
  • Minutes of February 2016

    Minutes of the February Council meeting held in February 2016 at Burlington House....
  • Australian desert telescope views sky in radio technicolour

    A telescope located deep in the West Australian outback has shown what the Universe would look like if human eyes could see radio waves. Published today in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, the GaLactic and Extragalactic All-sky MWA,...
  • A universe of two trillion galaxies

    An international team of astronomers, led by Christopher Conselice, Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Nottingham, have found that the universe contains at least two trillion galaxies, ten times more than previously thought. The team’s work,...
  • RAS website

    Apologies, the RAS email server is currently down and won't be back up until lunchtime today, therefore if you need to contact us urgently please call 0207 734 3307.   ...
  • The RAS sponsors Ada Lovelace Day Live!

      To celebrate the centenary of women being allowed to be Fellows of the RAS we were platinum sponsors of Ada Lovelace Day 2016. Ada Lovelace Day was founded by Suw Charman-Anderson in 2009 and aims to raise the profile of women in science, technolo...
  • RAS200 Outline Proposal Form second tranche

    Here is the RAS200 Outline Proposal form. Applications open on the 10th October 2016 and close on the 9th December 2016. Please email applications to outreach@ras.org.uk   RAS200 outline proposal form 2016...
  • Astronomy is a big star of Ada Lovelace Day

    100 years ago the first women became Fellows of the Royal Astronomical Society. To mark this anniversary, the RAS is a platinum sponsor of Ada Lovelace Day (ALD) on 11 October, which celebrates the achievements of women in science. ALD Live! is the flags...
  • Detonating white dwarfs as supernovae

    A new mathematical model created by astrophysicists at the American Museum of Natural History, New York, describes how dead stars called white dwarfs could detonate, producing a type of explosion that is instrumental to measuring the extreme distances in ...