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Philip Diamond to be new RAS Executive Director
Philip Diamond, currently the Associate Director for Policy and Programmes at the Institute of Physics, will be the next Executive Director of the Royal Astronomical Society, beginning his new role in January 2018. Philip studied physics at university and spent his early career as a medical physicist at the Royal Free Hospital... More
Last updated on Monday, 11 December 2017 14:46
Published on Monday, 11 December 2017 14:46
 
Traces of life on nearest exoplanets may be hidden in equatorial trap
New simulations show that the search for life on other planets may well be more difficult than previously assumed, in research published today in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. The study indicates that unusual air flow patterns could hide atmospheric components from telescopic observations, with... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 29 November 2017 16:23
Published on Wednesday, 29 November 2017 11:00
 
Travel bursaries available for LGBT+ STEMinar
In addition to being a platinum sponsor for the second year running, the RAS is offering three travel bursaries of up to £100 for RAS Fellows that wish to attend theLGBT+ STEMinar at the University of York, but who may require some assistance with the costs of travel. Applicants will need to meet the following... More
Last updated on Saturday, 25 November 2017 08:30
Published on Saturday, 25 November 2017 07:40
 
‘Monster’ Planet Discovery Challenges Formation Theory
A giant planet, which should not exist according to planet formation theory, has been discovered around a distant star. The new research, led by astronomers at the University of Warwick, is presented in a paper recently accepted for publication in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. Artist’s... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 31 October 2017 16:03
Published on Tuesday, 31 October 2017 16:03
 
Citizen Scientist Spots Comet Tails Streaking Past Distant Star
Citizen scientist Thomas Jacobs was the first to spot tell-tale signs that a comet was orbiting a distant star monitored by the Kepler Space Observatory. Professor Saul Rappaport (Massachusetts Institute of Technology; MIT) and his team then collaborated with Jacobs to report the discovery in new research published in Monthly... More
Last updated on Thursday, 02 November 2017 14:38
Published on Monday, 30 October 2017 10:00
 
Job vacancy: Library Assistant (part-time)
The Royal Astronomical Society is seeking to recruit a part-time library assistant to help with essential collection management activities in its library. This is a temporary post for immediate start which will run till end of May 2018. The post holder will work with the Librarian for 7 hours per week, either as a full day... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 25 October 2017 18:35
Published on Wednesday, 25 October 2017 18:11
 
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 Astronomical Society. Schematic representation of the porous surface structure of... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 25 October 2017 16:32
Published on Wednesday, 25 October 2017 16:31
 
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 Astronomical Society. Artist’s impression of the hot massive supergiant... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 25 October 2017 15:28
Published on Wednesday, 25 October 2017 15:26
 
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 to take part in five days of astronomy. The camp - organised by Sterrenlab... More
Last updated on Monday, 09 October 2017 16:40
Published on Monday, 09 October 2017 14:15
 
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-up of 12 people as the one who has the best qualities to be an... More
Last updated on Monday, 09 October 2017 16:30
Published on Wednesday, 04 October 2017 11:04