The nanosats of the BRITE mission reveal the origins of important structures in the wind of the massive supergiant star Zeta Puppis


A Canadian-led international team of astronomers recently discovered for the first time observational evidence in how surface features in the hot massive supergiant star Zeta Puppis induce the formation of impressive structures in its wind. The…

Latest gravitational-wave detection opens new era for astronomy


Neutron-star mergers could shed light on origin of universe’s heavy elements The discovery of a gravitational wave caused by the merger of two neutron stars, reported today by a collaboration of scientists from around the world,…

Professor Daryl Haggard Receives Prestigious ICRA-Azrieli Fellowship


The Center for Research in Astrophysics of Quebec (CRAQ) congratulates Professor Daryl Haggard, of McGill University, for a prestigious scholarship offered jointly by the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) and the Azrieli Foundation. Professor Haggard…

NASA’s Hubble Captures Blistering Pitch-Black Planet


Alien world traps most of the visible light falling into its atmosphere NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has observed a planet outside our solar system that looks as black as fresh asphalt because it eats light rather…

New Canadian telescope will map largest volume of space ever surveyed


Radio telescope will help the world’s astronomers, physicists and scientists unravel today’s biggest cosmic mysteries A Canadian effort to build one of the most innovative radio telescopes in the world will open the universe to a…

Nearly 9,000 people watch the eclipse at McGill University!


The public observation activity of the Sun eclipse of 21 August, organized by McGill Astronomers, attracted an impressive crowd on campus. Read the detailed report here: McGill_eclipse_2017_report. The CRAQ thanks Kelly Lepo for the organization and…

CRAQ astronomer, Anthony Moffat, help Recover Nova First Spotted 600 Years Ago by Korean Astrologers


On a cold March night in Seoul almost 600 years ago, Korean astrologers spotted a bright new star in the tail of the constellation Scorpius. It was seen for just 14 days before fading from view….

Great success for the eclipse observation at Université de Montréal!


iREx and CRAQ astronomers and students welcomed nearly 1,000 people at UdeM to observe the great North American solar eclipse of 21 August. Members of the academic community as well as the general public gathered on…

Three CRAQ researchers landed an important FRQNT Team research project grant to study black holes


An inter-university team, led by Professor Julie Hlvacek-Larrondo, from Université de Montréal, and Professors Daryl Haggard and Tracy Webb, from McGill University, successfully landed an important FRQNT Team research project grant to study black holes. The…

Scientists Solve the Mystery of Blinking Brown Dwarfs


Dim objects called brown dwarfs, less massive than the Sun but more massive than Jupiter, have powerful winds and clouds — specifically, hot patchy clouds made of iron droplets and silicate dust. Scientists recently realized these…