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  • The Exploration of Pluto by NASA's New Horizons Mission

    {youtube}la236l4M4Dc{/youtube} Talk at the RAS Public Lecture held on 10th November 2017 by Dr Alan Stern (NASA)...
  • Cassini - The Grand Finale

    {youtube}xsHFibd8W30{/youtube} Talk at the RAS Public Lecture held on 14th November 2017 by Professor Michele Dougherty (Imperial College London)...
  • Minutes of May 2017

    Council Minutes held in May 2017 at Burlington House....
  • Minutes of March 2017

    Council Minutes held in March 2017 at Burlington House....
  • Notes for Organizers of RAS Specialist Discussion Meetings

    (2003 Aug 6 revision, minor updates 2009 October, minor updates 2014 May)   Introduction The following notes have been prepared to assist organizers of RAS Discussion Meetings. Details of travel support and notes for speakers are at Annexe A and A...
  • Minutes of July 2017

    Council Minutes held in July 2017 at Burlington House....
  • Books & Journals

    The Library has some 3,000 titles of current and back runs of journals including most of the serious astronomical journals (and many of the more theoretical geophysical titles) from the first issue. About 60 titles are currently received. ‘Modern’ bo...
  • Opening times

    Opening times The RAS Library is open 10:00–17:00 Monday to Friday, except on Bank Holidays.   Access The Library is a private collection funded by and primarily serving the Fellows and other members of the Society. Enquiries from other sources...
  • List of astronomers and geophysicists willing to give talks to schools

    The Royal Astronomical Society maintains the following list of scientists who are willing to give talks in schools free of charge (except for expenses). Teachers wishing to make use of this service should contact potential speakers directly. Audio-visual ...
  • Keith Runcorn Prize

    Keith RuncornThe Royal Astronomical Society invites nominations for the Keith Runcorn Prize, which is awarded for the best doctoral thesis in geophysics. The winner will receive a cash prize and an invitation to present the results of their thesis at a m...
  • Michael Penston Prize

    The Royal Astronomical Society invites nominations for the Michael Penston Prize, which is awarded for the best doctoral thesis in astronomy or astrophysics. The winner will receive a cash prize and an invitation to present the results of their thes...
  • Titan; The Moon that Thinks It's a Planet

    {youtube}cnAt9yS5aaA{/youtube} Talk at the Ordinary Meeting of the RAS held on 12th May 2017 by Professor John Zarnecki (President RAS)...
  • British Astronomy - Large Telescopes

    After the Second World War, the Royal Observatory moved out of London to less smoky, less light-polluted skies over Herstmonceux in the south of England, keeping its link with Greenwich in its new name, the Royal Greenwich Observatory (RGO). As celestial ...
  • RAS200 winners

        Four more innovative projects to mark the RAS bicentenary were announced at the RAS Annual General Meeting on 12 May 2017. The RAS200 outreach and engagement fund has now awarded all the money and both the first and second tranche winne...
  • Members' List not available

    The ‘Members List’ is no longer available to view. The information on the list was out of date and, more importantly, did not meet data protection standards. If you are happy for other Fellows access to your contact details please click the ‘opt-in...
  • Applications for the Norman Lockyer and RAS Research Fellowships

    The RAS funds several schemes for promising young scientists to be employed as Research Fellows at UK universities. This page holds details for the Norman Lockyer and RAS Research Fellowships, which are similar in many respects. There is also a separate R...
  • Annual Reports archive

    Each year the Council of the RAS produces an Annual Report, which summarises the society's activity during the previous calendar year. The report is presented to the next Annual General Meeting, which is held in May of the following year. It is also submi...
  • Minutes of February 2017

    Council Minutes held in February 2017 at Burlington House....
  • Geophysics Means Business: How UK research benefits industry, education and science

    This 16-page booklet brings together many strands of geophysics research in the UK represented by the Royal Astronomical Society and recognized by government in the most recent Research Excellence Framework. Although it is just a snapshot of geophysics re...
  • Jackson-Gwilt Medal

    The Jackson-Gwilt Medal is awarded for outstanding invention, improvement, or development of astronomical instrumentation or techniques.  This medal is awarded for single investigations of sufficient merit, such that younger scientists may be ca...
  • OUR BEAUTIFUL UNIVERSE: MUSE takes aim

    The four-laser guide star at the VLT. (ESO/R Bacon)  The view from inside one of the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescopes at Paranal, Chile, where MUSE, the Multi Unit Spectroscopic Explorer, is now working with a four-laser adapt...
  • University Points of Contact: F-M

    If you need someone to sign your membership application, or to provide other information, your first port of call should be your local RAS Point of Contact (PoC), should you have one.  (The terms of reference of PoCs are outlined in a Standing ...
  • A Virtual Tour of the RAS Premises: Ground Floor

    The Fellows Room The Fellows Room is a comfortable room where Fellows of the Society can work, relax or meet. There are comfortable seats, two desks, and a coffee machine. Wireless internet access is available, for Fellows to pursue Society related act...
  • Open House at the RAS 2017

    Have you ever wondered what is in the RAS apartments at Burlington House? On Saturday 16 September 2017 we will be opening our doors to the public and offering organised tours (no booking required) and children's science activities (booking required - see...
  • (Very) partial eclipse of the Sun - 21st August 2017

    WARNING: Never look directly at the Sun! Read our leaflet for guidance on how to view the eclipse safely.     This image shows the partially eclipsed Sun, photographed through a telephoto lens capped with a special-purpose so...