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Kepler satellite discovers variability in the Seven Sisters
The Seven Sisters, as they were known to the ancient Greeks, are now known to modern astronomers as the Pleiades star cluster – a set of stars which are visible to the naked eye and have been studied for thousands of years by cultures all over the world. Now Dr Tim White of the Stellar Astrophysics Centre at Aarhus University... More
Last updated on Friday, 25 August 2017 09:53
Published on Friday, 25 August 2017 09:52
 
Call for applications: RAS Research Fellowships 2018
The RAS will award two RAS Research Fellowships in 2018, to begin on 1 October 2018 or within 6 months thereafter. Each fellowship provides post-doctoral funding for up to three years. The fellowships are offered to outstanding candidates to enable them to pursue research in the UK in the disciplines advanced by the RAS i.e.... More
Last updated on Thursday, 03 August 2017 10:49
Published on Thursday, 03 August 2017 09:31
 
Job vacancy: Education and Outreach Officer
Job Advertisement: closing date 8 September 2017   Education and Outreach Officer (part-time: 2 days a week job share) The Royal Astronomical Society   The Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) is looking for a multi-talented self-starter to take on a job share role as Education and Outreach Officer. This is a role... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 01 August 2017 14:15
Published on Tuesday, 01 August 2017 14:14
 
Astro4Dev mobility grants now available
Applications are now open for the RAS-OAD Astro4Dev mobility grants: coordinated by the OAD in partnership with the Royal Astronomical Society, this mobility funding has the goal of establishing or nurturing research, educational and/or development related collaborations between the United Kingdom (UK) and countries where... More
Last updated on Monday, 31 July 2017 15:59
Published on Monday, 31 July 2017 15:58
 
Astrophysicists map out the light energy contained within the Milky Way
For the first time, a team of scientists have calculated the distribution of all light energy contained within the Milky Way, which will provide new insight into the make-up of our galaxy and how stars in spiral galaxies such as ours form. The study is published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical... More
Last updated on Friday, 28 July 2017 09:17
Published on Friday, 28 July 2017 05:00
 
Milky Way’s origins are not what they seem
In a first-of-its-kind analysis, Northwestern University astrophysicists have discovered that, contrary to previously standard lore, up to half of the matter in our Milky Way galaxy may come from distant galaxies. As a result, each one of us may be made in part from extragalactic matter. The study, which required the equivalent... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 26 July 2017 09:47
Published on Thursday, 27 July 2017 01:00
 
Job vacancy: RAS Executive Director
Job Advertisement   Executive Director The Royal Astronomical Society   The Royal Astronomical Society is looking for a new Executive Director to provide direction, leadership and motivation to the Society, its resources and dedicated professional staff. The Society promotes and disseminates the study... More
Last updated on Thursday, 27 July 2017 15:01
Published on Wednesday, 26 July 2017 12:32
 
Superluminous supernova marks the death of a star at cosmic high noon
The death of a massive star in a distant galaxy 10 billion years ago created a rare superluminous supernova that astronomers say is one of the most distant ever discovered. The brilliant explosion, more than three times as bright as the 100 billion stars of our Milky Way galaxy combined, occurred about 3.5 billion years after... More
Last updated on Friday, 21 July 2017 17:14
Published on Friday, 21 July 2017 17:12
 
Spiral arms allow school children to weigh black holes
Astronomers from Swinburne University of Technology, Australia, and the University of Minnesota Duluth, USA, have provided a way for armchair astronomers, and even primary school children, to merely look at a spiral galaxy and estimate the mass of its hidden, central black hole. The research was supported by the Australian... More
Last updated on Thursday, 20 July 2017 15:44
Published on Thursday, 20 July 2017 15:33
 
Winners of the RAS thesis prizes
The RAS is pleased to announce the winners of its prizes for the best PhD theses completed in the UK during 2016.   Prizes are awarded annually: the Michael Penston Prize for the best thesis in astronomy and astrophysics, the Keith Runcorn Prize for the best thesis in geophysics and planetary science, and the Patricia... More
Last updated on Friday, 14 July 2017 16:31
Published on Friday, 14 July 2017 11:02