Announcements

RAS Early Career Poster Exhibition Winners Announcement
With NAM cancelled in the RAS's 200th anniversary year, the RAS wanted to give early career researchers the opportunity to share their work in a format that is freely available to all. Led by the new RAS Early Careers Network (ECN), 272 students, pos…
RAS GCSE Astronomy Student 2020 Online Poster Competition launched!
Our online GCSE Astronomy poster competition is launched today! Did you study for GCSE Astronomy with a view to taking the exam in the summer of 2020? If so, you are eligible to enter our RAS GCSE Astronomy online poster competition. The RAS invit…
Take a look at Mars for National Astronomy Week!
We’ll be celebrating Mars in a series of free events for children and adults in National Astronomy Week. From 14 to 22 November, the NAW team will bring you discussions by leading scientists, astrobiologists, presenters and writers every day, and in…
UK to celebrate Mars in eighth National Astronomy Week
The eighth National Astronomy Week (NAW 2020) will run from 14 to 22 November. Throughout NAW, UK astronomers will celebrate the close approach of Mars to the Earth with a series of free online talks and remote observing events. The Royal Astronomica…
UK medals for Global e-Competition on Astronomy and Astrophysics
5 Medals for UK Team in 2020! The first Global e-Competition on Astronomy and Astrophysics (GeCAA) took place on-line, hosted by Estonia. This was put together to replace the postponed 14th International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA)…
Council Nominations 2021
Members of the RAS Council are elected by ballot of the Fellowship, with the result announced at the Annual General Meeting that in 2021 will be held on Friday 14 May. Fellows are invited to submit nominations, or to consider having yourself nominate…
RAS Supermassive Podcast: Humans in Space!
This month the RAS Supermassive podcast looks at humans in space. Our presenters Becky Smethurst and Izzie Clarke are (very) excited to talk to superstar astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti about her work as an astronaut - and where we're hoping to send…
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…