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Women’s History Month: The Royal Astronomical Society

Photograph of the entrance to the Royal Astronomical Society.

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First published on 16 March 2018 by Dr Helen Klus

The Royal Astronomical Society is a society in London that represents astronomers and geophysicists. It is almost two hundred years old, yet women were only allowed to become Fellows in 1916. Despite this, women have made substantial contributions to both astronomy and the Royal Astronomical Society since the beginning.

You can find out more on this thread created by the Royal Astronomical Society for Women’s History Month:

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