Announcements

Astronomers turn up the heavy metal to shed light on star formation
Astronomers from The University of Western Australia’s node of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) have developed a new way to study star formation in galaxies from the dawn of time to today. The new work appears in a paper…
Professors Sir Roger Penrose, Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez share Nobel Prize in Physics
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences today announced the winners of the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics, recognising seminal discoveries about the creation and location of black holes. Professor Sir Roger Penrose of the University of Oxford receives ha…
Professor John Barrow, FRS FRAS, 1952-2020
The Royal Astronomical Society offers its condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Professor John Barrow, who has died at the age of 67. Barrow’s many awards and prizes included the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society, which he w…
RAS Quilt Project - an update
It's almost one year since the launch of the bicentennial quilt project. A lot has happened in that time and we've suffered a few setbacks along the way but through it all we have consistently been amazed by people's support, enthusiasm and crea…
RAS Supermassive Podcast: episode nine out now!
This month's episode of RAS Supermassive is packed! Join Izzie Clarke and Dr Becky Smethurst as they travel through our solar system; where exactly have we sent probes and rovers? Plus, they speak with Professor Jane Greaves, the scientist behind tha…
Sheila Kanani wins 2020 Europlanet Prize
Dr Sheila Kanani, the RAS Education, Outreach and Diversity Officer, has won the 2020 Europlanet Prize for Public Engagement with Planetary Science. Sheila is a planetary physicist, broadcaster, comedian, author and teacher, with a background in res…
RAS Early Career Poster Exhibition on now!
With NAM cancelled this year, the RAS are hosting an online poster exhibition for early career researchers, professionals, and students from across astronomy and geophysics. Check out the entries here! On the webpage you’ll find over 200 posters sp…
Early Career Poster competition: FAQs
The RAS Early Careers Network are delighted to have received well over 300 registrations for the Early Career Poster exhibition. We have received dozens of enquiries about the exhibition, some more info is given below. I’ve registered, when will I f…
Early Career Network: meet the team!
The RAS Early Career Network was founded in 2020, as part of the bicentennial celebration programme. The role of the Early Career Network (ECN) is to provide support, networking and advice for early career Fellows. The ECN will be run by a steering c…
Down to Earth: RAS Supermassive episode 7 out now!
Part of our bicentenary celebrations, the RAS Supermassive podcast celebrates the best of astronomy and geophysics. Join astrophysicist Dr Becky Smethurst and science journalist Izzie Clarke to hear about the latest rese…
Look out for Comet NEOWISE!
This month astronomers in the northern hemisphere are enjoying views of Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE), discovered in March by the NEOWISE space telescope. The comet survived its closest approach to the Sun on 3 July, and is now bright enough to be seen w…