Royal Astronomical Society

The Royal Astronomical Society (RAS), founded in 1820, encourages and promotes the study of astronomy, solar-system science, geophysics and closely related branches of science. The RAS: * organises scientific meetings in Burlington House, its London HQ, and throughout the country * publishes international research and review journals * recognises outstanding achievements by the award of medals and prizes * maintains an extensive library * supports education through grants and outreach activities * represents UK astronomy nationally and internationally This collection contains information materials from the RAS that will help teachers and students gain a greater understanding of astronomy and astronomical techniques.


Geophysics in the UK

Produced by the Royal Astronomical Society, this booklet gives an overview of UK research, within the fields of geophysics and planetary science. It includes articles on: * Asteroids and comets * Gas giants, Earth's near neighbours * The Magnetosphere * Earth's upper atmosphere * Air, ice and water * Earth's...

A New View of the Universe

Produced by the Royal Astronomical Society, this booklet contains a series of articles that examine modern astronomy. They examine why astronomy matters and the sometimes surprising ways in which it affects our lives. Articles include: * Revealing the secrets of gamma-ray bursts * The search for gravitational waves...

Infrared Astronomy

Produced by the Royal Astronomical Society, this booklet describes the advances and uses of infrared astronomy. Using this wavelength to observe the universe allows astronomers to visualise phenomena such as dust clouds involved in the formation of new stars and identify elements present in the atmosphere of...

Life in the Universe

Produced by the Royal Astronomical Society, this booklet examines the possibility of extraterrestrial life in the Universe. Many astronomers believe that there is life out there, but where is it? Is there life comparatively nearby, in our Solar System, or do we have to look to planets beyond the solar system that...


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