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  • A Virtual Tour of the RAS Premises: The Entrance Hall

    eading on from the inner lobby is the building’s grand entrance hall, with a splendid staircase and a lift, with glass panels revealing striking astronomical images. In addition to the offices of the Executive Secretary and the reception is th...
  • Cosmic “dust factory” reveals clues to how stars are born

    A group of scientists led by researchers at Cardiff University have discovered a rich inventory of molecules at the centre of an exploded star for the very first time. The findings are published today in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomic...
  • Adventures in acoustic cosmology

    A project that explores whether there is a musical equivalent to the curvature of spacetime will be presented on Thursday 6 July by Gavin Starks at the National Astronomy Meeting at the University of Hull. Optical Hubble Space Telescope image of the...
  • First look at gravitational dance that drives stellar formation

    Swirling motions in clouds of cold, dense gas have given, for the first time, an active insight into how gravity creates the compact cores from which stars form in the interstellar medium. The results will be presented today, Thursday 6 July, by Gwen Will...
  • Fastest stars in the Milky Way are ‘runaways’ from another galaxy

    A group of astronomers have shown that the fastest-moving stars in our galaxy – which are travelling so fast that they can escape the Milky Way – are in fact runaways from a much smaller galaxy in orbit around our own.   The researchers, from t...
  • Milky Way could have 100 billion brown dwarfs

    Our galaxy could have 100 billion brown dwarfs or more, according to work by an international team of astronomers, led by Koraljka Muzic from the University of Lisbon and Aleks Scholz from the University of St Andrews. On Thursday 6 July Scholz will prese...
  • Re-Making Planets after Star-Death

    Astronomers Dr Jane Greaves, of the University of Cardiff, and Dr Wayne Holland, of the UK Astronomy Technology Centre in Edinburgh, may have found an answer to the 25-year-old mystery of how planets form in the aftermath of a supernova explosion. The two...
  • 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...