Welcome to RAS200!

RAS200 - celebrating 200 years of the Royal Astronomical Society

In 2020 the Royal Astronomical Society will be 200 years old.

To celebrate our bicentennial, the Society has established an Outreach and Engagement Fund of £1,000,000 to support astronomy and geophysics projects that create a real buzz about science – understanding, discussion and dialogue – in diverse sections of the community. This money has now been allocated to 12 extraordinary projects from varied, innovative and inspiring partners.

To find out how the winners are getting on, or how you can get involved, read on! Don’t forget to check the Events calendar to see what is going on and which events you can attend or participate in. Have a look at our pages to see how you can get involved – we need you!

Care for Carers astronomy residential


A three night rural retreat to the Isle of Coll, including the opportunity to take  part in a community ceilidh, a tour of the island and astronomy activities.

Inspiring youth with Tim Peake


Prince’s Trust ambassador Tim Peake and representatives from RAS200 were in Cardiff last week, speaking with a number of young people from Prince’s Trust Programmes currently participating in STEM Projects across Wales.

The first of the ‘Trust Talks’ series for young people, the theme of the inaugural event was “The Importance of STEM in Welsh Education”.

“It’s great to see so many young people being inspired by science and technology,” commented Robert Massey, Deputy Executive Director of the RAS, who was at the event with Tim. “These subjects are vital for the future, and it’s so important that initiatives like this are supported by government.”

Urdd Eisteddfod begins in Wales


The Urdd National Eisteddfod opens today in Wales! Running until 2 June, it features lots of contributions from the RAS 200 project Astronomy and Geophysics through the Traditional Culture of Wales, including:

  • 11 schools taking part in the main Monday night pavilion competition, performing songs inspired by the theme of Gofod / Space
  • A drop-in art workshop led by Gwenllian Beynon inspired by the planets
  • An exhibition of the Brecon Beacons Dark Sky Reserve art installation, painted by 106 children from 3 local schools.


The official search has also been launched for the Artistic Team to lead the 2020 Urdd and National Eisteddfod opening concert, with Astronomy and Geophysics as the main theme inspired by RAS200. Contact the RAS for more information or to get involved.


Stay tuned to social media for updates, and check out the event page and drop by if you’re in the area!