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Missing Stars in the Solar Neighbourhood Reveal the Sun’s Speed and Distance to the Centre of the Milky Way Galaxy

Missing Stars in the Solar Neighbourhood Reveal the Sun’s Speed and Distance to the Centre of the Milky Way Galaxy

Using a novel method and Gaia data, U of Toronto astronomers have estimated the speed of the Sun and its distance from the centre of the Milky Way Galaxy.

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Speeding Stars Are Evidence Our Galaxy’s Spiral Arms Will Disappear

Speeding Stars Are Evidence Our Galaxy’s Spiral Arms Will Disappear

Astronomers have found a group of stars overtaking the Sun in its orbit around the Milky Way Galaxy–evidence that our Galaxy’s spiral arms will disappear.

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New Planet-hunting Instrument Joins the Search for Super-Jupiters

New Planet-hunting Instrument Joins the Search for Super-Jupiters

CHARIS, a powerful new instrument designed to search for Jupiter-like exoplanets, reached its critical “first-light” milestone in November 2016.

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Amateur Astronomer Helps Uncover Secrets of Unique Pulsar Binary System

Amateur Astronomer Helps Uncover Secrets of Unique Pulsar Binary System

A Dunlap astrophysicist and an amateur astronomer have revealed surprising details about an unusual millisecond pulsar (MSP) binary system.

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Dunlap Fellow Dr. John Antoniadis Awarded Prestigious 2016 Polanyi Prize in Physics

Dunlap Fellow Dr. John Antoniadis Awarded Prestigious 2016 Polanyi Prize in Physics

John Antoniadis, a Dunlap Fellow at the Dunlap Institute, University of Toronto, has been awarded a prestigious Polanyi Prize in Physics.

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Funding Announced for Australian Centre of Excellence that includes University Of Toronto

Funding Announced for Australian Centre of Excellence that includes University Of Toronto

Australian government announces funding for CAASTRO-3D—an Australian-centred, international collaboration that includes the University of Toronto.

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Dunlap Postdoctoral Fellowships in Astronomy and Astrophysics

Dunlap Postdoctoral Fellowships in Astronomy and Astrophysics

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X Marks the Spot at the Centre of the Milky Way Galaxy

X Marks the Spot at the Centre of the Milky Way Galaxy

Two astronomers—with the help of Twitter—have uncovered the strongest evidence yet that an enormous X-shaped structure made of stars lies within the central bulge of the Milky Way Galaxy.

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Warm Jupiters Not As Lonely As Expected

Warm Jupiters Not As Lonely As Expected

A team including astronomers from the University of Toronto has given us our clearest understanding yet of a class of exoplanets called “warm Jupiters”, showing that many have unexpected planetary companions.

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University of Toronto Joins Murchison Widefield Array Consortium

University of Toronto Joins Murchison Widefield Array Consortium

University of Toronto officially joins international consortium operating the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) radio telescope in Australia.

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