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U of T Astronomer Wins Michael Penston Prize

U of T Astronomer Wins Michael Penston Prize

  The Royal Astronomical Society has awarded its 2020 Michael Penston Thesis Prize to University of Toronto Astronomer Dr. Jennifer Chan. A Postdoctoral Fellow at The Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA) and an Associate at the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Chan’s research…

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CHIME telescope detects more than 500 mysterious fast radio bursts in first operation year

CHIME telescope detects more than 500 mysterious fast radio bursts in first operation year

  Observations quadruple the number of known radio bursts and reveal two types: one-offs and repeaters. Written by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office To catch sight of a fast radio burst is to be extremely lucky in where and when you point your radio dish….

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Your Guide to the June 10 Solar Eclipse

Your Guide to the June 10 Solar Eclipse

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  –  The Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics and Discover the Universe have been working on sharing educational information and safety glasses in preparation for the June 10, 2021 Solar Eclipse. An Annular Solar Eclipse will take place in the early…

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Grad Student Solves Astronomical Optics Problems Using AI

Grad Student Solves Astronomical Optics Problems Using AI

  A University of Toronto graduate student is using artificial intelligence to solve one of the biggest technical challenges in astronomy. Robin Swanson – a PhD student in U of T’s Department of Computer Science and the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics – is…

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U of T Student Discovers Rare Star Population

U of T Student Discovers Rare Star Population

  A University of Toronto PhD student has led the discovery of a population of a rare type of star – research that can help us to better understand what types of stars explode, and could potentially expand our understanding of the contents of the…

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U of T Astronomer Joins Twinkle Space Mission

U of T Astronomer Joins Twinkle Space Mission

  Are we alone in the Universe? A new international space mission involving one U of T astronomer may help us get closer to finding out. University of Toronto CLTA Assistant Professor Hilding Neilson has joined the Exoplanet Survey Science Team of the Twinkle Space…

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Dr. Renée Hložek Wins Harvey B. Richer Medal

Dr. Renée Hložek Wins Harvey B. Richer Medal

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  (March 12, 2021) – Professor Renée Hložek has been awarded the Harvey B. Richer Gold Medal for her contributions to astronomy. The Richer Medal is awarded every second year by the Canadian Astronomical Society (CASCA) in recognition of significant and sustained early…

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Detection of a radio burst in Milky Way could resolve origins of mysterious phenomenon

Detection of a radio burst in Milky Way could resolve origins of mysterious phenomenon

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 04, 2020 New data from a Canadian-led team of astronomers – including researchers from the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrphysics and the University of Toronto  – strongly suggests that magnetars – a type of neutron star believed to have…

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Dunlap Institute Team Maps Magnetism of Northern Sky Milky Way

Dunlap Institute Team Maps Magnetism of Northern Sky Milky Way

  Astronomers from the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics have led a research team that has helped map the north-sky portion of the Milky Way Galaxy’s magnetic field. The team used data from the CHIME telescope to measure the way in which invisible magnetism distorts…

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New View of Nature’s Oldest Light Adds Fresh Twist to Debate Over Universe’s Age

New View of Nature’s Oldest Light Adds Fresh Twist to Debate Over Universe’s Age

Observations by the Atacama Cosmology Telescope suggest that the universe is 13.8 billion years old.   July 15, 2020 – From a mountain high in Chile’s Atacama Desert, astronomers with the National Science Foundation’s Atacama Cosmology Telescope (ACT) – including researchers with the Dunlap Institute for…

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