Announcements

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…
Professor Nigel Weiss FRS FRAS, 1936-2020
The Royal Astronomical Society offers its condolences to the friends and family of Professor Nigel Weiss, who has died at the age of 83. Professor Weiss completed his PhD in 1961, becoming a world-leading expert in mathematical astrophysics, special…
Election results 2020: new RAS Council
The results of the 2020 RAS elections were announced at the Annual General Meeting of the Society on Friday 26 June. The following Fellows were elected to serve on Council, the governing body of the Society: Vice President (A): Dr Megan A…
RAS Quilt Project Online
A lot has changed since the last update at the end of February. Due to government guidelines regarding COVID-19, the Society's offices have remained closed since March 17 and subsequently the scheduled stitching sessions in March and May were postpon…
Winners of the 2019 RAS Thesis Prizes
The RAS is pleased to announce the winners of its prizes for the best PhD theses completed in the UK during 2019. Prizes are awarded annually: the Michael Penston Prize for the best thesis in astronomy and astrophysics, the Keith Runcorn Prize for t…
Prof. Emma Bunce: A Life Scientific
Earlier this morning, RAS President-Elect Prof. Emma Bunce featured in Jim Al-Khalili's 'The Life Scientific', speaking about her path into space science, her passion for studying the largest planets in our Solar System, and the role of astronomy and…
Dr Rebecca Smethurst wins Caroline Herschel Prize Lectureship
The winner of the 2020 Caroline Herschel Prize Lectureship is Dr Rebecca (Becky) Smethurst. Dr Smethurst is a Junior Research Fellow at Christ Church, University of Oxford. Her research accomplishments include applying state-of-the-art statistical t…