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Opening a Wider Window on the Universe

Opening a Wider Window on the Universe

An innovative astronomical spectrograph (WIFIS) has achieved “first light.” It was developed by a team including U of Toronto and Dunlap astronomers,

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Radio Astronomers Peer Deep into the Stellar Nursery of the Orion Nebula

Radio Astronomers Peer Deep into the Stellar Nursery of the Orion Nebula

For the first time, astronomers have detected a magnetic field associated with the Magellanic Bridge, the filament of gas stretching 75 thousand light-years between the Milky Way Galaxy’s nearest galactic neighbours: the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds.

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Mapping the Magnetic Bridge Between Our Nearest Galactic Neighbours

Mapping the Magnetic Bridge Between Our Nearest Galactic Neighbours

For the first time, astronomers have detected a magnetic field associated with the Magellanic Bridge, the filament of gas stretching 75 thousand light-years between the Milky Way Galaxy’s nearest galactic neighbours: the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds.

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The Search for the Radio Cosmic Web and Large-Scale Cosmic Magnetism Begins

The Search for the Radio Cosmic Web and Large-Scale Cosmic Magnetism Begins

Using a novel method, a team of astronomers has performed the most comprehensive search yet for a radio signal from the cosmic web.

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New Survey Finds “Peter Pan” Radio Galaxies That May Never Grow Up

New Survey Finds “Peter Pan” Radio Galaxies That May Never Grow Up

With a new survey, astronomers have found “Peter Pan” radio galaxies that may never grow up.

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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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