Announcements

RAS Council Election Results 2022
The results of the 2022 council elections were announced at the 202nd AGM of the Royal Astronomical Society. After serving as President-Elect for the past year, Professor Mike Edmunds is now the President of the Royal Astronomical Society, and will…
Prof. Dr Eva Grebel wins first Caroline Herschel Medal
Prof. Dr Eva Grebel, an astrophysicist at Heidelberg University, is the first winner of the Caroline Herschel Medal, a new joint award from the Royal Astronomical Society and the German Astronomical Society (Astronomische Gesellschaft, AG), launched…
100 years of publishing geophysics
  The Royal Astronomical Society has been publishing scientific research papers for almost 200 years. This year we celebrate the 100th anniversary of publishing geophysics papers. We’d like to thank our readers, authors, reviewers and editors for su…
Dr Rebecca Smethurst Wins 2022 RAS Research Fellowship
The Royal Astronomical Society is pleased to announce that Dr Rebecca Smethurst has been awarded the 2022 RAS Research Fellowship.  The purpose of the RAS Research Fellowships is to enable outstanding candidates to pursue research in the UK in the d…
RAS Statement on the Russian Invasion of Ukraine
The Royal Astronomical Society deeply regrets the illegal military invasion of Ukraine, a sovereign democratic nation, by Russia. Our thoughts and hopes go out to our fellow scientists and all the citizens of Ukraine for their safety and well-being.…
Eruption of Hunga Volcano: special issue of GJI
Geophysical Journal International (GJI) welcomes contributions to a special issue devoted to the eruptive sequence of Hunga volcano (Tonga islands) that began on 14 January 2022. This eruption produced what is perhaps the largest volcanic explosion i…
‘Tatooine-like’ exoplanet spotted by ground-based telescope
A team of astronomers, led by Professor Amaury Triaud of the University of Birmingham, has detected a rare type of exoplanet using a ground-based telescope. The exoplanet is circumbinary, meaning it orbits around two stars at once, and until now had…
Astronomers discover a new type of star covered in helium burning ashes
A team of German astronomers, led by Professor Klaus Werner of the University of Tübingen, have discovered a strange new type of star covered in the by-product of helium burning. It is possible that the stars might have been formed by a rare stellar…
Planetary bodies observed in habitable zone of dead star
A ring of planetary debris studded with moon-sized structures has been observed orbiting close to a white dwarf star, hinting at a nearby planet in the “habitable zone” where water and thus life could exist, according to a new study led by UCL resear…
RAS Bicentennial Quilt - 100 Patchwork Squares
The RAS received 100 squares from all over the world and every one will be included on the patchwork side of the bicentennial quilt. Click the images below to learn more about the squares and the people who made them.  
Royal Astronomical Society reveals 2022 award winners
The Royal Astronomical Society is pleased to announce the 2022 winners of its awards, medals and prizes. Each year the RAS recognises significant achievement in the fields of astronomy and geophysics through these awards, encompassing different types…