The mission of the CRAQ is to :


 
-Promote excellence in astrophysics in Québec and help Québec astronomy shine on the world stage
-Insure teaching at the graduate level and train highly skilled students in astrophysics
-Help engrain this field of knowledge within the popular culture of Québec
-Consolidate the material and financial resources of its members for cutting edge research
 
Events to come : Seminars/Colloquia ou Public outreach activities

News from the CRAQ Latest news

McGill astronomers observe mysterious repeating cosmic radio bursts

Astronomers for the first time have detected repeating short bursts of radio waves from an enigmatic source that is likely located well beyond the edge of our Milky Way galaxy. The findings indicate that these “fast radio bursts” come from an extremely powerful object which occasionally produces multiple bursts in under a minute.  Click here for more info

Awards Latest news

Jason Rowe awarded NASA’s Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal for exoplanet research

CRAQ’s researcher, iREx member and Bishop’s University adjunct professor, Jason Rowe, is the recipient of NASA’s Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal for his contribution as a team member for the Kepler mission, one of the most successful science experiments of recent times.  Click here for more info


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The Centre for Research in Astrophysics of Québec (CRAQ) is a partnership between the Université de Montréal, McGill University, and the Université Laval. The CRAQ brings together all researchers working in the field of astronomy and astrophysics of these three institutions, as well as other collaborators from Bishop's University, the Canadian Space Agency, the Cégep de Sherbrooke, and the private sector (Photon etc., ABB Bomem Inc., Nüvü Caméras). The CRAQ is funded through the program Regroupements stratégiques of the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FRQ-NT).

The CRAQ constitutes a unique grouping of researchers in astrophysics in Québec bent on excellence and whose varying and complementary fields of expertise allows them to be innovative, creative and competitive in several scientific fields, thus offering graduate students a wide variety of subjects in both fundamental and applied fields of research.

The activities of the CRAQ follow four main thrusts :

  • Fundamental and applied research in astrophysics,
  • Development of instrumentation for national, international and space based observatories through the Laboratoire d'astrophysique expériementale (LAE),
  • the Observatoire du Mont-Mégantic (OMM),
  • and, finally, the spreading of our astrophysics knowledge to the public at large.

 
 

Public outreach activities


Tuesday, 20 September 2016 at 19:00
Lamontagne, Robert :  L’équation de Drake ou la métrique de l’ignorance
Site : iREx - UdeM - 2900 Édouard MontPetit
La recherche de la vie extraterrestre est l’une des grandes quêtes de l’humanité. Plusieurs programmes de recherche y sont d’ailleurs consacrés. Le programme SETI (Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence) est l’un des plus connus. Son objectif est de découvrir à distance des civilisations extraterrestres, intelligentes et technologiquement avancées. Dans ce cas bien précis, la recherche s’articule autour d’une formule connue sous le nom « d’équation de Drake ». La probabilité de succès du programme SETI dépend en grande partie de la « solution » de cette équation. Quelle est l’origine de cette équation ? Quels paramètres sont bien cernés ? Quelles sont les incertitudes sur les autres ? L’équation est-elle appropriée au problème de la vie extraterrestre ? C’est à ces questions que je tenterai de répondre au cours de la conférence.


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