The Royal Astronomical Society exists to advance our understanding of the Earth, the solar system, stars, galaxies and the wider universe. It does this by promoting astronomy and geophysics and the related disciplines that help humanity answer deep questions about the origin and fate of the cosmos.
Through this the Society contributes to the growth and dissemination of knowledge and thereby fulfils its charitable object of serving the public interest. It does this through its own events and programmes and also by contributing to the formulation of public policy which affect how its sciences are funded and organised. In particular, the Society is concerned with public engagement; teaching and learning in schools, further education, universities and informal settings; the training and careers of researchers; the communication of authoritative information to government and to the public; and maintaining the UK at the forefront of global scholarship in the fields for which it is responsible.