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  • 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 ...
  • International Women's Day 2016

    In the year that celebrates the centenary of the admission of the first female fellows into the Royal Astronomical Society, we are proud to support International Women's Day. We thank our female fellows and staff for their amazing contributions to our sub...
  • Women of the RAS

    {youtube}3bjrxCI93o8{/youtube} RAS public lecture, 12 January 2016 by Dr Mandy Bailey From its beginnings in 1820, the RAS, following the social habits of the time, only accepted men as Fellows of the Society. Despite this a number of notable women, in...
  • Nominations open for Annie Maunder Medal

    Nominations are open for the new Annie Maunder Medal, awarded by the Royal Astronomical Society for an outstanding contribution to outreach and public engagement in astronomy or geophysics. The award was created as part of the Society's 2016 celebration ...
  • RAS200 Town Hall meetings (first tranche)

    RAS200 Town Hall meetings Here you can find all the information you need about the RAS200 town hall meetings taking place all over the UK (and some internationally) within the next few months.   These will bring together potential national partner...
  • Astronomers observe star reborn in a flash

    Using the Hubble Space Telescope, an international team of astronomers has been able to study stellar evolution in real time. Over a period of 30 years dramatic increases in the temperature of the star SAO 244567 have been observed. Now the star is coolin...
  • OUR BEAUTIFUL UNIVERSE: Landing Schiaparelli

    (ESA/DLR/FU Berlin, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO)   Europe’s ExoMars Entry, Descent and Landing Demonstrator Module, Schiaparelli, will land on a relatively smooth, flat part of Meridiani Planum, just northwest of Endeavour Crater, on 19 October. In this top...
  • Open House at the RAS 2016

    Have you ever wondered what is in the RAS apartments at Burlington House? On Saturday 17 September 2016 we will be opening our doors to the public so they can look around this magnificent building. The RAS entrance hall, where tours will begin. Clic...
  • Sun|trek : Here Comes the Sun

      Helen Mason, FRAS, has been awarded an STFC Public Engagement Fellowship.   Helen's project will capitalise on her diverse range of current activities to develop a lasting legacy of her work with schools (the Sun, space (Tim Peake) and...
  • Legacies: How they help, how you can donate

      Remembering the Society in your Will: A message from the President, Professor John Zarnecki   I hope you will agree that for most of us, it has been, and still is, an enormous privilege to work in the fields of Astronomy and Geoph...
  • Astronomers identify a young heavyweight star in the Milky Way

    Astronomers have identified a young star, located almost 11,000 light years away, which could help us understand how the most massive stars in the Universe are formed. This young star, already more than 30 times the mass of our Sun, is still in the proces...
  • Perseid meteors could see 'surge in activity' on 11 and 12 August

    Friday 12 August sees the annual maximum of the Perseid meteor shower. This year, as well as the normal peak on the night of 12/13 August, meteor scientists are predicting additional enhanced activity in the shower the night before, as the Earth passes th...
  • Electronic newsletters available from other sources

    astro-ph Astronomy e-print archive at Los Alamos (Southampton mirror). Active Galaxies Newsletter Electronic Active Galaxies Newsletter. AGB Newsletter Electronic publication covering stellar evolution from the early AGB to dispersal of the Planetary...
  • Journal subscription prices

    Journal subscription prices The current prices for Fellows to subscribe to the Society's journals (for personal use only) are given below. Non-fellows and institutions should contact the publishers for subscription prices. The prices given here are ...
  • Faintest hisses from space reveal famous star's past life

    Astronomers have managed to peer into the past of a nearby star millions of years before its famous explosion, using a telescope in remote outback Australia at a site free from FM radio interference. Research led by a student at the University of Sydney, ...
  • A Giant Stellar Void in the Milky Way

    A major revision is required in our understanding of our Milky Way Galaxy according to an international team led by Prof Noriyuki Matsunaga of the University of Tokyo. The Japanese, South African and Italian astronomers find that there is a huge region ar...
  • 'Particles' to celebrate 200th anniversary of Royal Astronomical Society

    The National Eisteddfod of Wales, held at Abergavenny from 29 July until 6 August, will host the Sun and stars. Cheek by jowl with a political party on one side and a writers’ group on the other, will be a sensory installation of light, colour, optics a...
  • Jupiter’s Great Red Spot heats planet’s upper atmosphere

    Researchers from Boston University's (BU) Center for Space Physics report today (27 July) in Nature that Jupiter's Great Red Spot may provide the mysterious source of energy required to heat the planet's upper atmosphere to the unusually high values obser...
  • AutoLens Analysis Steps Up for Euclid’s 100 000 Strong Gravitational Lens Challenge

      The European Space Agency’s Euclid satellite, due for launch in 2020, will set astronomers a huge challenge: to analyse one hundred thousand strong gravitational lenses. The gravitational deflection of light from distant astronomical sources by ...
  • Deepest Ever Look into Orion

    Astronomers have unveiled the deepest view yet of the heart of the Orion Nebula. The scientists used the HAWK-I infrared instrument, deployed on the Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile, part of the European Southern Observatory (ESO), to create the specta...
  • OUR BEAUTIFUL UNIVERSE: Time-lapse Crab

    The Crab Nebula. (NASA and ESA, J Hester [ASU] and M Weisskopf [NASA/GSFC])  This new Hubble Heritage image of the Crab nebula supernova remnant combines images taken in different wavelengths and at different times to give an impression of the evolu...
  • Astronomers find evidence for 'direct collapse' black hole

    Astronomers Aaron Smith and Volker Bromm of The University of Texas at Austin, working with Avi Loeb of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, have discovered evidence for an unusual kind of black hole born extremely early in the universe. They ...