3D Reconstruction of Iconic Stellar Explosion Reveals an Unexpected Honeycomb Heart

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Using the powerful instrument SITELLE on the Canada-Hawaii-France Telescope (CFHT) in Mauna Kea, Hawaii, astronomers have mapped the iconic supernova remnant, the Crab Nebula, in unprecedented detail and have created a realistic three-dimensional reconstruction. These data…

American Astronomical Society honours McGill astrophysicist

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McGill astrophysicist Vicky Kaspi is among 31 people to have been named new Fellows of the American Astronomical Society (AAS), the major organization of professional astronomers in North America. Kaspi was honoured for her “innovative work in the…

Simon Blouin receives the 2021 Academic Medal from the Governor General

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Simon Blouin was awarded the 2021 Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal for excellence in his record during his graduate studies at the Université de Montréal. Simon completed his MSc and PhD studies under the supervision of…

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…