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  • The Origins of the Nautical Almanac, 1767

    {youtube}3c9OEc-R7F0{/youtube} Talk at the RAS Public Lecture held on 13th October 2017 by Professor Jim Bennett (Keeper Emeritus, the Science Museum)...
  • Monitoring our dynamic planet using satellite geodesy

    {youtube}zB9EeAZnZf8{/youtube} Talk at the RAS Public Lecture held on 13th October 2017 by Professor Tim Wright (University of Leeds)...
  • Manifestations of the Dungey Reconnection Process within the Heliosphere

    {youtube}UUqkMba3omw{/youtube} Talk at the RAS Public Lecture held on 10th November 2017 by Professor Christopher J. Owen (Mullard Space Science Laboratory, UCL)...
  • 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....
  • Nominations open for RAS Council 2018

    RAS Fellows are invited to nominate candidates for election to the RAS Council in 2018. Members of the RAS Council serve as trustees of the charity, and are responsible for deciding on the overall direction and strategic aims of the Society.   ...
  • 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 ...
  • ‘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 jou...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Call for nominations: PhD thesis prizes 2017

    Each year the RAS recognises the best PhD theses in astronomy and geophysics completed in the UK. The deadline to nominate theses completed during 2017 is 31 January 2018. Three prizes are available: the Michael Penston prize for astronomy, the Keith Run...
  • 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 Committee Members

    AWARDS COMMITTEES 2018   'A' AWARDS COMMITTEE 'G' AWARDS COMMITTEE (Astronomy excluding planetary science) (Geophysics and planetary science) Chair: Prof. Hiranya Peiris (Vice-President) Chair: Prof. Yvonne Elsworth (Vice...
  • 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 ...