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The Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) is a learned society that began as the Astronomical Society of London in 1820 to support astronomical research (mainly carried on at the time by 'gentleman astronomers' rather than professionals). It became the Royal Astronomical Society in 1831 on receiving its Royal Charter from William IV. A Supplemental Charter in 1915 opened up the fellowship to women. It is the UK adhering organisation to the International Astronomical Union and a member of the Science Council, and encourages and promotes the study of astronomy, solar-system science, geophysics and closely related branches of science. Meetings are held in Burlington House, in Piccadilly, London and across the United Kingdom (UK). They are involved in the production of astronomical journals and periodicals. The society has over 3000 members, * Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (MNRAS): Since 1827 * Geophysical Supplement to Monthly Notices (MNRAS): 1922–1957 * Geophysical Journal (GeoJ): 1958–1988 * Geophysical Journal International (GeoJI): Since 1989 (volume numbering continues from GeoJ) * Quarterly Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society (QJRAS): 1960–1996 * Astronomy & Geophysics (A&G): Since 1997 (volume numbering continues from QJRAS) [1]
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