Astronomers reveal first image of the black hole at the heart of our galaxy

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Astronomers have unveiled the first image of the supermassive black hole at the centre of our own Milky Way galaxy. This result provides overwhelming evidence that the object is indeed a black hole and yields valuable…

A fully isolated dwarf galaxy unexpectedly affected by ram pressure

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Dwarf galaxies are known to be pristine probes of the early Universe, especially when they are isolated and not interacting with massive galaxies. Observations with the MeerKAT radio telescope of WLM, an archetype of such a…

Emeritus Professor Anthony Moffat receives the Carlyle S. Beals Award for 2022

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The Canadian Astronomical Society (CASCA) is pleased to announce that Université de Montréal Emeritus Professor Anthony Moffat, member of the Center for Research in Astrophysics of Quebec (CRAQ), is the winner of the 2022 Beals Award. …

Cooperation Required for the Emergence of Life Found to Arise Easily

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Image credit: UPV Spectroscopy Group Microwaver Region. One of the main theories on the origin of life proposes the hypothesis according to which life evolved as cooperative networks of molecules. Explaining cooperation – and particularly, its…

Our CRAQ colleague, Eve Lee, receives the Annie Jump Cannon Award for 2022

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The American Astronomical Society’s 2022 Annie Jump Cannon Award in Astronomy has been awarded to Eve Lee (McGill University) for her illuminating work on the formation of stars, debris disks, and planets. The Award’s selection committee pronounced that…

Our CRAQ colleagues, members of the “CHIME Fast Radio Burst” team, receive the 2022 Berkeley Prize

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The Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment fast radio burst (CHIME/FRB) team, which discovered more than 500 new fast radio bursts in the first year of the detector’s operations, receive the 2022 Lancelot M. Berkeley − New York…

A new professor joins the CRAQ

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The Centre for Research in Astrophysics of Quebec (CRAQ) welcomes a new professor of astrophysics. Katelin Schutz joined the McGill University Astrophysics Group as Assistant Professor in August 2021. She holds a bachelor’s degree in physics…

Emilie Parent receives one of the SWAAC Graduate Student Award of Merit for 2021

Emilie Parent, a PhD Candidate in the Department of Physics at McGill University and member of the McGill Space Institute, has received one of the 2021 Graduate Student Award of Merit from the Senior Women Academic Administrators…

Ziggy Pleunis receives a PhD Prize from IAU

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Ziggy Pleunis, who recently completed a doctoral thesis under the supervision of Professor Victoria Kaspi (McGill), was awarded a PhD Prize from the “High Energy Phenomena and Fundamental Physics” division of the International Astronomical Union (IAU)…

Nathalie Ouellette wins a Prix du recteur 2021

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Nathalie Ouellette, Coordinator of iREx and CRAQ member, is the winner of one of the “Prix du Recteur” of the Université de Montréal awards for 2021, in the category Initiative. This award recognises the imagination, dynamism…