The work of our McGill colleagues, members of the CHIME/FRB consortium, on the discovery of a rapid radio burst in our galaxy, is part of Nature’s top-10 discoveries of 2020

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Their work is part of one of three articles published in Nature reporting the detection of a phenomenon called a fast radio burst (FRB) coming from a source in our Galaxy. Intriguingly, the FRB was accompanied…

The 2020 CAP Medal for Excellence in Teaching Undergraduate Physics is awarded to Kenneth Ragan

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The Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) is pleased to announce that the 2020 CAP Medal for Excellence in Teaching Undergraduate Physics is awarded to Kenneth Ragan, McGill University, for his overall accomplishments in teaching, and the…

Detection of a short, intense radio burst in Milky Way could help resolve origins of mysterious phenomenon

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Close proximity of high energy pulse suggests magnetars may be at the origin of some fast radio bursts New data from a Canadian-led team of astronomers, including researchers from the McGill Space Institute and McGill University Department of Physics, strongly…

Two CRAQ researchers receive a major grant from the Schmidt Futures Foundation

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Laurence Perreault Levasseur and Yashar Hezaveh, both members of the Center for Research in Astrophysics of Quebec (CRAQ) and professors at the Université de Montréal, were awarded a $ 4 million grant by the Schmidt Futures…

Four CRAQ researchers participate in the discovery of a “surviving” planet, orbiting a white dwarf star

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An international team of astronomers using NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) and retired Spitzer Space Telescope has reported what may be the first intact planet found closely orbiting a white dwarf, the dense leftover of a Sun-like star, only…

René Doyon, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

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The iREx is very pleased to announce that our Director, René Doyon, is now a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in the Academy of Sciences. The 2020 cohort of new members includes 87 individuals…

BLACK HOLE FAILS TO DO ITS JOB

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Astronomers have discovered what can happen when a giant black hole does not intervene in the life of a galaxy cluster. Using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and other telescopes they have shown that passive black hole…

Jonathan Gagné becomes the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium’s Scientific Advisor

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Jonathan Gagné, a former Banting and Trottier postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Research on Exoplanets at the Université de Montréal, became a Scientific Advisor at Space for Life in May 2020, where he leads a…

A planet around the young star AU Microscopii

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Jonathan Gagné, collaborator of the Center for Research in Astrophysics of Quebec (CRAQ), former iREx Banting postdoctoral researcher and now Science Advisor at Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan, was involved in the discovery of a planet the…

Simon Blouin receives a PhD Prize from IAU

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Simon Blouin, who recently completed a doctoral thesis under the supervision of Professor Patrick Dufour, was awarded a PhD Prize from the “Stars and Stellar Physics” division of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) for the year…