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  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Astronomers spun up by galaxy-shape finding

    It sounds simple, but measuring a galaxy’s true 3D shape is a tricky problem that astronomers first tried to solve 90 years ago. However, for the first time astronomers have measured how a galaxy’s spin affects its shape, in new research published in ...
  • A 6,000 year old telescope without a lens - prehistoric tombs enhanced astronomical viewing

    Astronomers are exploring what might be described as the first astronomical observing tool, potentially used by prehistoric humans 6,000 years ago. They suggest that the long, narrow entrance passages to ancient stone, or 'megalithic', tombs may have enha...
  • Are we being watched? Tens of other worlds could spot the Earth

    A group of scientists from Queen’s University Belfast and the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Germany have turned exoplanet-hunting on its head, in a study that instead looks at how an alien observer might be able to detect Earth using...
  • Accretion-powered pulsar reveals unique timing glitch

    The discovery of the largest timing irregularity yet observed in a pulsar is the first confirmation that pulsars in binary systems exhibit the strange phenomenon known as a ‘glitch’. The study is published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal A...
  • University Points of Contact: F-M

    If you need someone to sign your membership application, or to provide other information, your first port of call should be your local RAS Point of Contact (PoC), should you have one.  (The terms of reference of PoCs are outlined in a Standing ...
  • Crab nebula in the limelight: a unified model for the entire radiation spectrum

    The origin of cosmic rays, high-energy particles from outer space constantly impacting on Earth, is among the most challenging open questions in astrophysics. Now new research published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society shed...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • A Virtual Tour of the RAS Premises: Ground Floor

    The Fellows Room The Fellows Room is a comfortable room where Fellows of the Society can work, relax or meet. There are comfortable seats, two desks, and a coffee machine. Wireless internet access is available, for Fellows to pursue Society related act...
  • Open House at the RAS 2017

    Have you ever wondered what is in the RAS apartments at Burlington House? On Saturday 16 September 2017 we will be opening our doors to the public and offering organised tours (no booking required) and children's science activities (booking required - see...
  • Membership Fees

    Methods of payment The membership fees listed below assume that payment will made by credit or debit card via the online payment system, or by Direct Debit or Standing Order from a UK bank account. The card types accepted are VISA debit/credit, MasterCar...
  • 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...
  • (Very) partial eclipse of the Sun - 21st August 2017

    WARNING: Never look directly at the Sun! Read our leaflet for guidance on how to view the eclipse safely.     This image shows the partially eclipsed Sun, photographed through a telephoto lens capped with a special-purpose so...
  • 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 ...
  • Minutes of December 2016

    Minutes of the Council meeting held in December 2016 at Burlington House....