Announcements

Professor Sir Arnold Wolfendale, 1927-2020
The Royal Astronomical Society offers its sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Professor Sir Arnold Wolfendale, who has died at the age of 93. Professor Wolfendale completed his PhD at the University of Manchester in 1953, wh…
Royal Astronomical Society Honours Stars of Astronomy and Geophysics
The Royal Astronomical Society today announced the 2021 winners of its medals and prizes, awarded to scientists around the world for significant achievement in the fields of astronomy and geophysics. Their work encompasses topics as diverse as the i…
Gaia: most accurate data ever for nearly two billion stars
Today (3 December), an international team of astronomers announced the most detailed ever catalogue of the stars in a huge swathe of our Milky Way galaxy. The measurements of stellar positions, movement, brightness and colours are in the third early…
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…