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Getting down to detail News

Getting down to detail

Published: 29 May 2019

The devil is in the detail when it comes to astronomical images, and the more detail the better. An RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting on 'High resolution imaging in the visual and infrared' gave an overview of current research and future prospects.

Searching the SETI haystack News

Searching the SETI haystack

Published: 29 March 2019

The search for extraterrestrial intelligence is like looking for a needle in a haystack – that unequivocal indication of intelligence in the morass of astrophysical noise coming to us from the universe. Steve Croft reviews the field.

Planning for passive seismic arrays News

Planning for passive seismic arrays

Published: 28 March 2019

Seismology is benefitting from new technology allowing passive seismic acquisition, and the UK needs to decide how to make the most of this new technology. The 2019 New Advances in Geophysics meeting addressed the issues facing future UK seismologists.

What do astronomers want? News

What do astronomers want?

Published: 27 March 2019

How do we use limited research funding to get the best outcomes for astronomy research? That's the question asked of the community by the Astronomy Advisory Committee of the Science and Technology Facilities Council – and here's the responses.

Other Earths, other ionospheres...? News

Other Earths, other ionospheres...?

Published: 1 February 2019

Our ionosphere makes our planet distinctive from space – but might an ionosphere also indicate Earth-like planets around other stars? Michael Mendillo ponders this question in the latest issue of A&G.

Welcome to the party News

Welcome to the party

Published: 28 November 2018

Big stargazing events generate of lot of razzmatazz, but how much impact do they make? Karen Masters and colleagues had a look at the legacy of Stargazing Live events at Portsmouth.

Happy Birthday MIST News

Happy Birthday MIST

Published: 26 November 2018

It's fifty years since the UK's magnetosphere, ionosphere and solar terrestrial physicists started to get together, hold meetings and develop their community, a group supported by the RAS form the start. Mike Lockwood looks back – and forwards.