Outreach

RAS library
Every September the Society takes part in 'Open House London'  Members of the public wishing to visit the premises are welcome to do so! Open House London is the Capital's largest architectural showcase. It is a simple but powerful concept: in…
The transit of Venus in 2004. Credit: Charles Barclay
The most recent Transit of Venus occured on 5-6 June 2012. No further transits will be visible until 2117. In astronomy, a 'transit' occurs when a smaller body passes in front of a larger one. A 'Transit of Venus' happens when Venus is seen in…
A solar eclipse
What is a solar eclipse, and how is it caused? What can members of the public expect to see, and how can they observe an eclipse safely? This booklet, first published January 2015, explains the answers to these questions and more. It also includes…
Stonehenge Sunrise
Solstices are exciting events and can be a time of worship and reflection. Here are some useful links about solstices: Equinoxes and solstices Winter solstice explained Stonehenge is often a perfect place to visit at solstices, both winter and…
News stories of general astronomical interest can be found at: SpaceWeather.com Sky & Telescope Universe Today Spaceflight Now's 'Breaking News' the BBC's Science pages press releases on this website ESA ESO 'Today@NASA' Sky maps Maps of the…
American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bookstore, education, discussion group, searchable database of geologists and students, meetings, links American Geological Institute Useful links to key US geological organizations, news, the Georef…
    Astronomy Picture of the Day A new astronomical image every day, with an archive of thousands of pictures.   2MASS images Infrared colour composites constructed from 2MASS Atlas Images   AAO images Thumbnails of the celebrated images taken by…