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  • 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' ...
  • 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 s...
  • 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 ...
  • Paneth Meteorite Trust Awards

    Prof. Friedrich Adolf Paneth (copyright University of Durham)Applications for undergraduate internships in meteoritics are now open. The F. A. Paneth Meteorite Trust was set up ‘to encourage and further research concerned with meteorites’ with funds f...
  • Astronomy Forum, February 2017

    This meeting of the Astronomy Forum took place on 7 February 2017.   Notes from the Astronomy Forum, February_2017 UK Space Agency update to Astronomy Forum Feb 2017 (Katherine Wright, UK Space Agency) STFC presentation to Astronomy Forum, Februa...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 Mack...
  • ‘Whatever shines should be observed’: astronomical prize medals

    {youtube}dtAMbuLL784{/youtube} Talk at the Ordinary Meeting of the RAS held on 7th April 2017 by Melanie Vandenbrouck (Royal Museums Greenwich)...
  • Asteroseismology: A New Keplerian Revolution

    {youtube}h6dfSLEG5_0{/youtube} Talk at the Ordinary Meeting of the RAS held on 7th April 2017 by Professor Don Kurtz (University of Central Lancashire)...
  • The Rise of CubeSats: from educational tools to operational systems

    {youtube}oA5-SKbLnqk{/youtube} Talk at the Ordinary Meeting of the RAS held on 7th April 2017 by Roger Walker (ESA)...
  • The International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics

    {youtube}bHZW2962i4w{/youtube} Talk at the Ordinary Meeting of the RAS held on 7th April 2017 by Charles Barclay (Marlborough College and University of Oxford)...
  • Oceans galore: new study suggests most habitable planets may lack dry land

    When it comes to exploring exoplanets, it may be wise to take a snorkel along. A new study, published in a paper in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, has used a statistical model to predict that most habitable planets may be d...
  • Waterloo researchers capture first “image” of a dark matter web that connects galaxies

    Researchers at the University of Waterloo have been able to capture the first composite image of a dark matter bridge that connects galaxies together. The scientists publish their work in a new paper in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. ...
  • Winton Award Winners

    2011 Prizewinners: Winton Capital Award for Astronomy: Dr Sugata Kaviraj, Imperial College London Winton Capital Award for Geophysics: Dr Leigh Fletcher, University of Oxford   2010 Prizewinners: Winton Capital Award for Astronomy: Dr Elizabeth ...
  • Winton Award (G)

    Funded  by the Investment House of that name in recognition of the skills provided to the financial services sector by trained astronomers and geophysicists, the Winton prizes (each of £1,000) are for research by a Post Doctoral Fellow in a UK insti...
  • Winton Award (A)

    Funded  by the Investment House of that name in recognition of the skills provided to the financial services sector by trained astronomers and geophysicists, the Winton prizes (each of £1,000) are for research by a Post Doctoral Fellow in a UK insti...
  • Agnes Mary Clerke Medal for Historical Research in Astronomy or Geophysics

    The Agnes Mary Clerke Medal for Historical Research in Astronomy or Geophysics is awarded to an individual who has achieved outstanding personal research into the history of astronomy or geophysics.   Word nomination form pdf nomination form &nbs...
  • Paintings, sunspots and frost fairs: rethinking the Little Ice Age

    The whole concept of the 'Little Ice Age' is 'misleading', as the changes were small-scale, seasonal and insignificant compared with present-day global warming, argue a group of solar and climate scientists. Explanations for the cooling to Earth's climat...
  • A List of Current Honorary Fellows

    Name Institution/ Country Professor K.D. Abhyankar India Professor A.A. Adam Geodetic and Geophysical Research Institute, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary Professor Conny Aerts Instituut voor Sterrenkunde, Belgium Profe...
  • Student shows cosmic signals are the 'real deal'

    A PhD student at the ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO) in Australia has settled one of astronomy's burning questions with a radio telescope near Canberra that she helped refurbish. Manisha Caleb. Credit: Peter Battye, Real Image...
  • Friends Events in 2016

    These are the events which were organised in 2016 for Friends of the RAS.   Tuesday, 6 December, 6 pm FRIENDS: Christmas Drinks Reception in the Council Room of the Royal Astronomical Society The reception will be hosted by our President, John Za...
  • Friends of the RAS

       Become a FRIEND of the RAS and enjoy: Friends-only lectures Priority seating at RAS Public Lectures Invitations to social events and meetings in Burlington House Use of the Society's historic Library in Burlington House Escorted visit...
  • Explaining the accelerating expansion of the universe without dark energy

    Enigmatic 'dark energy', thought to make up 68% of the universe, may not exist at all, according to a Hungarian-American team. The researchers believe that standard models of the universe fail to take account of its changing structure, but that once this ...
  • External Geophysics Forum

    External Geophysics Forum March 2013 HEFCE presentation on the Research Excellence Framework March 2013 External Geophysics Forum May 2014 External Geophysics Forum January 2017 ...
  • Solid Earth Geophysics Forum

    Solid Earth Geophysics Forum May 2013 Solid Earth Geophysics Forum December 2013 Solid Earth Geophysics Forum January 2016 ...