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Dunlap Astronomer discovers we may be surrounded by tunnel-like structure

Dunlap Astronomer discovers we may be surrounded by tunnel-like structure

  A Dunlap Institute astronomer has discovered that our solar system may be surrounded by what she describes as a magnetic tunnel that can be seen in radio waves. Dr. Jennifer West, Research Associate at the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics, is making a…

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Dr. Renée Hložek Wins 2021 McLean Award

Dr. Renée Hložek Wins 2021 McLean Award

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  – U of T Assistant Professor Renée Hložek is this year’s winner of the prestigious McLean Award. The award recognizes an emerging research leader at the University of Toronto. Hložek is an Assistant Professor at the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics…

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Spectrum reveals extreme exoplanet is even more exotic

Spectrum reveals extreme exoplanet is even more exotic

  By Blaine Friedlander, with notes from Meaghan MacSween   Considered an ultra-hot Jupiter – a place where iron gets vaporized, condenses on the night-side and then falls from the sky like rain – the fiery, inferno-like WASP-76b exoplanet may be even more sizzling than…

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U of T Grad Student Wins DKG Fellowship Award

U of T Grad Student Wins DKG Fellowship Award

  The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International has granted U of T Grad Student Margaret Ikape a World Fellowship Award for the 2021-2222 academic year. Ikape – a graduate student at the David A. Dunlap Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics and the Dunlap Institute for…

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HUBBLE FINDS EARLY, MASSIVE GALAXIES RUNNING ON EMPTY

HUBBLE FINDS EARLY, MASSIVE GALAXIES RUNNING ON EMPTY

    “Live fast, die young” could be the motto of six early, massive, “dead” galaxies that ran out of the cold hydrogen gas needed to make stars early in the life of the Universe. These galaxies lived fast and furious lives, creating their stars…

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New U of T Class Merges Indigenous World Views with Astronomy

New U of T Class Merges Indigenous World Views with Astronomy

  Indigenous perspectives are a strong component of the study of astronomy, and now one U of T prof is helping to bring this important connection to the classroom. Hilding Neilson, CLTA Assistant Professor at the David A. Dunlap Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics, has…

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Mapping The Milky Way: Postdoc Creates First Interactive Tool

Mapping The Milky Way: Postdoc Creates First Interactive Tool

  A Dunlap Postdoc has created a new way to visualize and interpret the stars in the Milky Way, centred around the Sun. With the help of his colleagues, Banting & Dunlap Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Josh Speagle used publicly available datasets and statistical methods to…

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Dunlap Institute Kicks Off Instrumentation Virtual Summer School 

Dunlap Institute Kicks Off Instrumentation Virtual Summer School 

  The Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics is pleased to announce a successful start to its astronomical instrumentation summer school. Early Monday afternoon, the 2021 Dunlap Instrumentation Virtual Summer School kicked off with a greeting from Dunlap Institute’s Acting Director and Professor Suresh Sivanandam….

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Serving Up the Universe on a Plate

Serving Up the Universe on a Plate

  They may not look like much — just metal disks 80 centimetres (30 inches) across with some etched markings and hundreds of small holes — but round aluminum “plates” like this one from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) have been vital to mapping…

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Grad Student Proves Weakness of Universe’s Magnetic Fields

Grad Student Proves Weakness of Universe’s Magnetic Fields

  A U of T graduate student has discovered that the largest magnetic fields in the Universe are weaker than a fridge magnet – in fact, about three billion times weaker. PhD student Ariel Amaral from the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics and the…

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