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  • Accelerating research into dark energy

    A quick method for making accurate, virtual universes to help understand the effects of dark matter and dark energy has been developed by scientists at University College London and the Aragon Centre for Cosmological Studies (CEFCA) in Spain. Making up 95...
  • Earth-size telescope tracks the aftermath of a star being swallowed by a supermassive black hole

    Radio astronomers have used a radio telescope network the size of the Earth to zoom in on a unique phenomenon in a distant galaxy: a jet activated by a star being consumed by a supermassive black hole. The record-sharp observations reveal a compact and su...
  • ALMA discovers dew drops surrounding dusty spider’s web

    Astronomers have spotted glowing droplets of condensed water in the distant Spiderweb Galaxy – but not where they expected to find them. Detections with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) show that the water is located far out in th...
  • Gravitational lens zooms in on why some quasars have the radio turned down

    Mini-jets of material ejected from a central supermassive black hole appear to be the culprits behind faint radio wave emissions in ‘radio-quiet’ quasars. A study of gravitationally-lensed images of four radio-quiet quasars has revealed the structure ...
  • In the blink of a cosmic eye: chance microlensing events probe galactic cores

    Some galaxies pump out vast amounts of energy from a very small volume of space, typically not much bigger than our own solar system. The cores of these galaxies, so called Active Galactic Nuclei or AGNs, are often hundreds of millions or e...
  • It’s not easy being green – what colours tell us about galaxy evolution

    Scientists may have answered why green galaxies are rare in our universe and why their colour could reveal a troubled past. Their research is presented today (Thursday 30 June) at the National Astronomy Meeting at the University of Nottingham. ...
  • Space Team Discovers Universe is Self-Cleaning

    An international team of astronomers today (29 June) released a gazetteer of the hidden universe, which reveals the unseen sources of energy found over the last 12 billion years of cosmic history. Professor Haley Gomez of Cardiff University pres...
  • Seeds of first supermassive black holes could be revealed by gravitational waves detected in space

    Gravitational waves captured by space-based detectors could help identify the origins of supermassive black holes, according to new computer simulations of the Universe. Scientists led by Durham University’s Institute for Computational Cosmology ran the...
  • Meet RobERt, the dreaming detective for exoplanet atmospheres

    Machine-learning techniques that mimic human recognition and dreaming processes are being deployed in the search for habitable worlds beyond our solar system. A deep belief neural network, called RobERt (Robotic Exoplanet Recognition), has been developed ...
  • Glorious, glowing Jupiter awaits Juno’s arrival

    Stunning new images and the highest-resolution maps to date of Jupiter at thermal infrared wavelengths give a glowing view of Juno’s target, a week ahead of the NASA mission’s arrival at the giant planet. The maps reveal the present-day temperatures, ...
  • CR7 is not alone: a team of super bright galaxies in the early Universe

    Astronomers have identified a family of incredible galaxies that could shed further light on the transformation of the early Universe known as the ‘epoch of reionisation’. Dr David Sobral of Lancaster University will present their results on...
  • Opal discovered in Antarctic meteorite

    Planetary scientists have discovered pieces of opal in a meteorite found in Antarctica, a result that demonstrates that meteorites delivered water ice to asteroids early in the history of the solar system. Led by Professor Hilary Downes&nbs...
  • ACT now to track solar eruptions in 3D!

    Scientists at Aberystwyth University have developed an automated method for three-dimensional tracking of massive eruptions from the Sun, called Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs). The Automated CME Triangulation (ACT) system uses data from three space-based o...
  • Minor mergers are major drivers of star formation

    Around half of the star formation in the local Universe arises from minor mergers between galaxies, according to data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. The patch of sky called Stripe 82 is observed repeatedly to produce high-quality images ofspiral galax...
  • Drones to keep tabs on light pollution

    Astronomers at Nottingham Trent University have developed a light, low cost system, deployable on a drone, that could help everyone monitor and control light pollution. The team, led by undergraduate student Ashley Fuller, present their wor...
  • Astronomers release spectacular survey of the distant Universe

    Astronomers today (28 June) released spectacular new infrared images of the distant Universe, providing the deepest view ever obtained over a large area of sky. The team, led by Prof Omar Almaini, present their results at the National Astronomy ...
  • Black holes and the prospects for measuring gravitational waves

    The supermassive black holes found at the centre of every galaxy, including our own Milky Way, may, on average, be smaller than we thought, according to work led by University of Southampton astronomer Dr Francesco Shankar. If he and his colleagues are ri...
  • The EU referendum: statement from the RAS

    On 23 June there will be a referendum on UK membership of the European Union. The Royal Astronomical Society has not made any recommendation to its UK members on how to vote in the referendum. The Society recognises that EU membership has benefits for sc...
  • How black hole jets break out of their galaxies

    A simulation of the powerful jets generated by supermassive black holes at the centres of the largest galaxies explains why some burst forth as bright beacons visible across the universe, while others fall apart and never pierce the halo of the galaxy. A ...
  • Astronomy Means Business: How UK research benefits industry, education and science

    This 20-page booklet gives an overview of developments in business, industry and society that have arisen from research in astronomy and astrophysics. Astronomers study the distant universe using the light that stars and galaxies emit; that light might...
  • Prof Sheila Rowan becomes Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland

    Prof Sheila Rowan, Director of the Institute for Gravitational Research at the University of Glasgow and a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, has been appointed as the new Chief Scientific AdviserProf Sheila Rowan, the Chief Scientific Adviser for ...
  • Small planets hiding in giant cloaks

    Hazes and clouds high up in the atmospheres of exoplanets may make them appear bigger than they really are, according to new research by astronomers at the Space Research Institute (IWF) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. The team, led by researcher Dr ...
  • Prof John Brown awarded OBE

    Prof John Brown, Astronomer Royal for Scotland and Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, has been appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Until 2010 Prof Brown led the Glasgow University resea...
  • Astronomy Forum, April 2016

    This meeting of the Astronomy Forum took place on 7 April 2016.   Notes from the Astronomy Forum, April 2016. STFC presentation to Astronomy Forum (John Womersley, STFC) UK Space Agency presentation to Astronomy Forum (Chris Castelli, UK Space Ag...
  • Asteroseismologists listen to the relics of the Milky Way: sounds from the oldest stars in our Galaxy

    Astrophysicists from the University of Birmingham have captured the sounds of some of the oldest stars in our galaxy, the Milky Way, according to research published today in thejournal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. An image of the gl...