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Carlos Frenk and Katherine Blundell receive national honours
Professor Carlos Frenk, Director of the Institute for Computational Cosmlogy at Durham University, and Professor Katherine Blundell, Professor of Astrophysics and Supernumeray Research Fellow at St John's College at the University of Oxford, receive awards in the Queen's Birthday Honours list. Professor Carlos Frenk. Credit:... More
Last updated on Monday, 19 June 2017 11:35
Published on Monday, 19 June 2017 09:42
ALMA finds ingredient of life around infant Sun-like stars
Using the Atacama Large Millimetre / submillimetre Array (ALMA), astronomers have observed stars like the Sun at a very early stage in their formation and found traces of methyl isocyanate — a chemical building block of life. This is the first ever detection of this prebiotic molecule towards solar-type protostars, the sort... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 07 June 2017 08:46
Published on Thursday, 08 June 2017 11:00
Do stars fall quietly into black holes, or crash into something utterly unknown?
Astronomers in the United States, at the University of Texas at Austin and Harvard University, have put a basic principle of black holes to the test, showing that matter completely vanishes when pulled in. Their results, published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, constitute another successful test for... More
Last updated on Tuesday, 30 May 2017 16:56
Published on Tuesday, 30 May 2017 16:00
Simon White wins Shaw Prize
Prof Simon White, a director of the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics in Garching, Germany, has won the Shaw Prize for Astronomy. The Prize, considered to be 'the Nobel of the East', recognises the achievements of the world's leading scientists.   Prof White is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, and has... More
Last updated on Thursday, 25 May 2017 10:12
Published on Thursday, 25 May 2017 09:52
Biggest ever simulations help uncover the history of the galaxy
Thousands of processors, terabytes of data, and months of computing time have helped a group of researchers in Germany create some of the largest and highest resolution simulations ever made of galaxies like our Milky Way. Led by Dr Robert Grand of the Heidelberger Institut fuer Theoretische Studien, the work of the Auriga... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 24 May 2017 09:31
Published on Wednesday, 24 May 2017 05:00
RAS funds five public engagement projects to mark 200th anniversary
Planet walks and planetaria in Galway, tactile stargazing for people with sight loss, adventures in space for girls, astronomy and geophysics for rehabilitation of prisoners, and a science trailer for Cornwall make up five new public engagement projects supported by more than £400,000 from the Royal Astronomical Society. The... More
Last updated on Friday, 12 May 2017 10:52
Published on Friday, 12 May 2017 16:00
Applications invited for Paneth Meteorite Trust internships
Applications are invited for undergraduate internships in meteoritics. The internships will be funded by the F.A. Paneth Meteorite Trust, which was set up ‘to encourage and further research concerned with meteorites’.Prof. Friedrich Adolf Paneth (copyright University of Durham) Applications should be submitted by... More
Last updated on Wednesday, 10 May 2017 15:06
Published on Wednesday, 10 May 2017 15:06
Reminder: RAS AGM 2017 this Friday, 12th May
The 197th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the RAS will be held in the lecture theatre of the Geological Society, Burlington House, London, on Friday 12th May 2017 at 16:00. It is open to RAS Fellows and staff members only.  The AGM Agenda, Trustees' Annual Report & Accounts 2016, Minutes of the 196th AGM 2016, and the... More
Last updated on Friday, 12 May 2017 11:52
Published on Thursday, 27 April 2017 12:39
Sun's eruptions might all have same trigger
Large and small scale solar eruptions might all be triggered by a single process, according to new research that leads to better understanding of the Sun's activity. The work, led by Royal Astronomical Society Fellowship holder Dr Peter Wyper, appears in Nature. The team researchers, at Durham University in the UK, and NASA's... More
Last updated on Thursday, 27 April 2017 11:21
Published on Thursday, 27 April 2017 11:21
New survey hints at ancient origin for the Cold Spot
A supervoid is unlikely to explain a 'Cold Spot' in the cosmic microwave background, according to the results of a new survey, leaving room for exotic explanations like a collision between universes. The researchers, led by postgraduate student Ruari Mackenzie and Professor Tom Shanks in Durham University's Centre for... More
Last updated on Thursday, 27 April 2017 10:34
Published on Tuesday, 25 April 2017 16:00