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  • OUR BEAUTIFUL UNIVERSE: MUSE takes aim

    The four-laser guide star at the VLT. (ESO/R Bacon)  The view from inside one of the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescopes at Paranal, Chile, where MUSE, the Multi Unit Spectroscopic Explorer, is now working with a four-laser adapt...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • (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....
  • Minutes of October 2016

    Minutes of the Council meeting held in October 2016 at Burlington House....
  • Minutes of May 2016

    Minutes of the Council meeting held in May 2016 at Burlington House....
  • Minutes of June 2016

    Minutes of the Council meeting held in June 2016 at Burlington House....
  • Job vacancy: Education and Outreach Officer

    Job Advertisement: closing date 8 September 2017   Education and Outreach Officer (part-time: 2 days a week job share) The Royal Astronomical Society   The Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) is looking for a multi-talented self-starter to tak...
  • Astro4Dev mobility grants now available

    Applications are now open for the RAS-OAD Astro4Dev mobility grants: coordinated by the OAD in partnership with the Royal Astronomical Society, this mobility funding has the goal of establishing or nurturing research, educational and/or development r...
  • Astrophysicists map out the light energy contained within the Milky Way

    For the first time, a team of scientists have calculated the distribution of all light energy contained within the Milky Way, which will provide new insight into the make-up of our galaxy and how stars in spiral galaxies such as ours form. The study is pu...
  • Job vacancy: RAS Executive Director

    Job Advertisement   Executive Director The Royal Astronomical Society   The Royal Astronomical Society is looking for a new Executive Director to provide direction, leadership and motivation to the Society, its resources and dedicated ...
  • Patrick Moore Medal

    The Patrick Moore Medal is awarded by the Royal Astronomical Society for a particularly noteworthy contribution to astronomy or geophysics by school teachers e.g. by significantly improving examination results, running  an active outreach programme o...
  • Milky Way’s origins are not what they seem

    In a first-of-its-kind analysis, Northwestern University astrophysicists have discovered that, contrary to previously standard lore, up to half of the matter in our Milky Way galaxy may come from distant galaxies. As a result, each one of us may be made i...
  • How to observe an eclipse safely

    What is a solar eclipse, and how is it caused? What can members of the public expect to see, and how can they observe an eclipse safely? This booklet, first published January 2015, explains the answers to these questions and more. It also includes link...
  • Viewing an eclipse safely

    If you are planning on viewing a solar eclipse, such as the one that will be visible across the USA in August 2017, download our handy guide: 'Viewing an eclipse safely'.   Viewing an eclipse safely booklet...
  • Current Members of the RAS Council

    The Royal Astronomical Society is directed and managed by a Council whose members decided by elections held each year. The RAS is a charity under UK law, so the council members also serve as the legal trustees of the charity. Details on the composition a...