Friends of the RAS

If you have an interest in Astronomy and/or Geophysics and enjoy popular talks, visits and social events with similarly minded people, why not become a Friend of the RAS! The membership benefits include:

  • Friends-only lectures
  • Priority booking at RAS Public Lectures
  • Invitations to social events and meetings in Burlington House
  • Use of the Society's historic Library in Burlington House
  • Escorted visits to observatories and other places of interest
  • Discounted subscription to Astronomy & Geophysics magazine



The membership year runs from January to December. Single Membership is £40 for the year and Joint Membership (for two people living at the same address) is £50 for the year. Fees can be paid by credit or debit card, cheque or, if you have a UK bank account, you can set up a direct debit in favour of the society. Friends of the RAS will be contacted in December to renew their membership for the following year. New membership cards are distributed in January. Friends who join after June 30th will pay a reduced rate (£20 for Single Membership, £25 for Joint Membership) for their first payment.


How to join

To become a Friend of the the Royal Astronomical Society please complete the online application form


Friends of the RAS Events