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  • Shocking case of indigestion in supermassive black hole

    A multi-wavelength study of a pair of colliding galaxies has revealed the cause of a supermassive black hole's case of 'indigestion'. Results will be presented by Dr Hayden Rampadarath at the National Astronomy Meeting at the University of Hull.   ...
  • "Little Cub" gives astronomers rare chance to see galaxy demise

    A primitive galaxy that could provide clues about the early Universe has been spotted by astronomers as it begins to be consumed by a gigantic neighbouring galaxy. The Little Cub galaxy – so called because it sits in the Ursa Major or Great Bear co...
  • Surprise methanol detection points to an evolving story of Enceladus’s plumes

    A serendipitous detection of the organic molecule methanol around an intriguing moon of Saturn suggests that material spewed from Enceladus undertakes a complex chemical journey once vented into space. This is the first time that a molecule from Enceladus...
  • Shining a light on solar energetic particles and jets

    A team of astronomers, led by PhD researcher Malcolm Druett of Northumbria University at Newcastle, have taken a big step forward in understanding a 30-year-old mystery in the process of formation of solar flares. Druett will present their work on Monday ...
  • Under pressure - extreme atmosphere stripping may limit exoplanets’ habitability

    New models of massive stellar eruptions hint at an extra layer of complexity when considering whether an exoplanet may be habitable or not. Models developed for our own Sun have now been applied to cool stars favoured by exoplanet hunters, in research pre...
  • Musical Sun reduces range of magnetic activity

    A study of the Sun using sound waves suggests that the layer in which the significant magnetic activity is located has grown thinner in recent years. Prof Yvonne Elsworth will present results at the National Astronomy Meeting at the University of Hull on ...
  • A New View of the Universe: Big Science for the Big Society

      This RAS booklet (published in July 2010) sets out some of the ways in which astronomy has an impact on wider society. See also Beyond The Stars: Why Astronomy Matters (2013) and Astronomy Means Business (2016). From digital cameras to GPS, a s...
  • 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 award...
  • Service Award (G)

    The Service Award is to honour individuals who, through outstanding or exceptional work, have promoted, facilitated or encouraged the sciences of astronomy or geophysics and developed their role nationally or internationally but whose achievement does not...
  • Service Award (A)

    The Service Award is to honour individuals who, through outstanding or exceptional work, have promoted, facilitated or encouraged the sciences of astronomy or geophysics and developed their role nationally or internationally but whose achievement does not...
  • 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 dete...
  • Winners of the 2016 awards, medals and prizes - full details

    The Royal Astronomical Society is pleased to announce the 2016 winners of its awards, medals and prizes. Each year the RAS recognises significant achievement in the fields of astronomy and geophysics through these awards. The announcements were made at t...
  • Winners of the 2017 awards, medals and prizes - full details

    The Royal Astronomical Society is pleased to announce the 2017 winners of its awards, medals and prizes. Each year the RAS recognises significant achievement in the fields of astronomy and geophysics through these awards. The announcements were made at t...
  • Winners of the 2015 awards, medals and prizes - full details

    On Friday 9 January the Royal Astronomical Society announced the Society’s medals and awards for 2015. The prizes honour individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to astronomy and geophysics. The recipients will be invited to receive their a...
  • Winners of the 2014 awards, medals and prizes - full details

    On Friday 10 January the Royal Astronomical Society announced the recipients of the Society’s medals and awards for 2014. The prizes honour individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to astronomy (designated below with ‘A’) and geophysics...
  • Annie Maunder Medal

    The Annie Maunder Medal is awarded by the Royal Astronomical Society Awarded for an outstanding contribution to outreach and public engagement for astronomy or geophysics.   This award is normally presented at the next National Astronomy Me...
  • Winners of the 2013 awards, medals and prizes - full details

    On Friday 11 January the Royal Astronomical Society announced the recipients of the Society’s medals and awards for 2013. The prizes honour individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to astronomy (here designated ‘A’) and geophysics (‘G...
  • Applying for a Grant

    This page gives details on the RAS grants scheme, including deadlines and application forms. See also the criteria for grants. Applications should be for support of research or study in any areas of astronomy and geophysics, including, but not limited to...
  • 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 th...
  • 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. &nbs...
  • 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 H...
  • OUR BEAUTIFUL UNIVERSE: Making waves in Perseus galaxy cluster

    Simulation of hot gas in the Perseus Cluster. (NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/S Walker et al.) Data from NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory and The Karl G Jansky Very Large Array has been combined with computer simulations to produce this image of ...
  • OUR BEAUTIFUL UNIVERSE: Hubble’s Final Frontier

    Galaxy cluster Abell 370. (NASA, ESA, J Lotz and HFF Team [STScI]) The last of the six Frontier Fields imaged by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope centres on the giant galaxy cluster Abell 370, 4 billion light years away. This visible and nea...
  • 2016 Publication Statistics

    RAS JOURNALS - 2016 Statistical summary and Impact Factors 2011 to 2015   MNRAS: The number of papers submitted to MNRAS in 2016 increased by 8%. During 2016 the median length of time from submission to first decision was 32 days for Main Jour...
  • Biographies of Council Members

    Members of Council have provided the following short biographies of themselves.   President  JOHN C. ZARNECKI (G)  MA, PhD, FRAS, FInstP, CPhys. Director (part-time), International Space Science Institute, Switzerland & Em...