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  • 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...
  • Comet Mission Reveals "Missing Link" in our Understanding of Planet Formation

    The missing link in our understanding of planet formation has been revealed by the first ever spacecraft to orbit and land on a comet, say German scientists. The study is published in a recent edition of the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomic...
  • Spots on Supergiant Star Drive Spirals in Stellar Wind

    A Canadian-led international team of astronomers recently discovered that spots on the surface of a supergiant star are driving huge spiral structures in its stellar wind. Their results are published in a recent edition of Monthly Notices of the Royal Ast...
  • 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 ...
  • RAS can help students aim for the stars at ESO Astronomy Camp

    The Royal Astronomical Society is once again able to award two bursaries to two UK sixth form students to attend the prestigious European Southern Observatory (ESO) Astronomy Camp. Each year the camp brings together almost 60 students from across Europe ...
  • RAS Fellow wins place among the stars

    The RAS congratulates Fellow Dr Suzie Imber, who has been announced as the winner of the BBC show, "Astronauts: Do you have what it takes?". The results were broadcast on Sunday 1 October, when it was revealed that Suzie had emerged from a line-...
  • 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...
  • Helen Walker 1953-2017

    The RAS offers its condolences to the family and friends of Dr Helen Walker, who sadly passed away in September following a 5-month illness.  Dr Helen Walker. Credit: Royal Astronomical Society   Dr Walker was a noted space scientist, a leadi...
  • Minutes of February 2017

    Council Minutes held in February 2017 at Burlington House....
  • EWASS 2018 - first announcement

    The European Astronomical Society (EAS) and the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) are pleased to announce the joint EWASS and National Astronomy Meeting (NAM) in 2018. It will be held for the first time in Liverpool, United Kingdom from 3 to 6 April 2018. ...
  • Leon Mestel 1927-2017

    The RAS offers its condolences to the family and friends of Professor Leon Mestel, who sadly passed away in September at the age of 90.  Prof. Leon Mestel FRS. Credit: Lucinda Douglas-Menzies   Prof. Mestel was Emeritus Professor at the Unive...
  • RAS congratulates Cassini-Huygens team on an amazing 20 years

    Tomorrow (15 September) sees the final demise of the Cassini spacecraft, as it plunges into the atmosphere of Saturn, after 20 years of continuous discovery. The Royal Astronomical Society (RAS), the leading UK body for astronomy, space science and geophy...
  • 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...
  • Supernova simulations reveal mysteries of dying stars

    An international team of astronomers have created the longest consistent 3D model of a neutrino-driven supernova explosion to date, helping scientists to better understand the violent deaths of massive stars. The research, conducted using supercomputers i...
  • New supernova analysis reframes dark energy debate

    The accelerating expansion of the Universe may not be real, but could just be an apparent effect, according to new research published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. The new study—by a group at the University of Canterb...
  • 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...