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  • 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 ...
  • Astronomers identify purest, most massive brown dwarf

    An international team of astronomers has identified a record breaking brown dwarf (a star too small for nuclear fusion) with the 'purest' composition and the highest mass yet known. The object, known as SDSS J0104+1535, is a member of the so-called halo ...
  • Gaia – Mapping the Milky Way from Space

    {youtube}zzIgP7X-PRc{/youtube} Talk at the RAS Public Lecture held on 14th March 2017 by Professor Gerry Gilmore (Cambridge University)...
  • Universe’s ultraviolet background could provide clues about missing galaxies

    Astronomers have developed a way to detect the ultraviolet (UV) background of the Universe, which could help explain why there are so few small galaxies in the cosmos. UV radiation is invisible but shows up as visible red light when it interacts with gas....
  • Physical Manifestations of Evolution, Regularity and Chaos In and Around Our Galaxy

    {youtube}06lH3uGZaWQ{/youtube} Talk at the Ordinary Meeting of the RAS held on 10th March 2017 by Professor Kathryn Johnston (Columbia University)...
  • Can variations in the Earth's orbit create stratigraphic sequences?

    {youtube}Im5I0D2rI34{/youtube} Talk at the Ordinary Meeting of the RAS held on 10th March 2017 by Dr John Armitage (Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris)...
  • The Origin of the Galactic Field: where are the Suns born?

    {youtube}S9o6M6bqBFY{/youtube} Talk at the Ordinary Meeting of the RAS held on 10th February 2017 by Richard Parker (University of Sheffield)...
  • Prospects for SETI and the Breakthrough Listen Project

    {youtube}F0TvlGCUb08{/youtube} Talk at the Ordinary Meeting of the RAS held on 10th February 2017 by Martin Rees (Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge)...
  • Unmasking the power source in superluminous supernovae

    {youtube}NgcYnR8lk8Q{/youtube} Talk at the Ordinary Meeting of the RAS held on 10th February 2017 by Matt Nicholl (Harvard-Smithsonian CfA)...
  • EISCAT_3D: The future of incoherent scatter radars

    {youtube}QlcQyWfdzow{/youtube} Talk at the Ordinary Meeting of the RAS held on 10th February 2017 by Ian McCrea (Rutherford Appleton Laboratory)...