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  • 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....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • University Points of Contact: A-E

    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 ...
  • Patricia Tomkins Thesis Prize

    The Royal Astronomical Society invites nominations for the Patricia Tomkins Thesis Prize, sponsored by the Patricia Tomkins Foundation, which is awarded for the best doctoral thesis in instrumentation science for astronomy and geophysics.   With a ...
  • OUR BEAUTIFUL UNIVERSE: Deceptively active M77

    Spiral galaxy M77. (ESO)This is Messier 77, a textbook spiral galaxy appearing serene despite the active galactic nucleus at its centre. M77 is a bright object, and particularly bright at infrared wavelengths, as a Type II Seyfert Galaxy. In this false-...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...