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National Jamboree October 7-8, 2021

The CITA Jamboree is traditionally an annual event with short presentations from all CITA faculty, postdocs, and grad students describing their research. It is an opportunity for incoming postdocs and students and anyone who wants to learn more about CITA and the research done here.
This year we will be hosting a National CITA Jamboree in Toronto for all CITAzens to share their…

Professor Norman Murray named an RSC Fellow 2021

Norman Murray.

Norman Murray is a world-renowned Canadian astrophysical theorist whose high impact work is imbued with powerful physical insight, creativity and technical skill expressed over an amazingly broad spectrum of astronomical problems. He has made seminal contributions to our theories of planet formation and evolution, chaos in the solar system, helioseismology, the physics of black ho…

CHIME telescope detects more than 500 mysterious fast radio bursts in its first year of operation

Written by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office

Scientists with the CHIME Collaboration, including University of Toronto researchers at the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics, David A. Dunlap Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics and Department of Physics, have assembled the new signals in the telescope’s first FRB catalog,…

Dr. Jennifer Y.H. Chan CITA Postdoctoral Fellow, is awarded the 2020 Michael Penston Thesis Prize

Announced today, CITA fellow Dr Jennifer Y. H. Chan was awarded the 2020 Michael Penston Prize from the (UK) Royal Astronomical Society for her PhD thesis, “All-sky Radiative Transfer and Characterisation for Cosmic Structures”. This Prize is for the best doctoral thesis in astronomy and astrophysics in the UK.

“It is a privilege to do science research, and I am deeply honoured that…

Former CITA National Fellow, Catherine Heymans, becomes Astronomer Royal for Scotland

Astrophysicist Catherine Heymans, former CITA National Fellow, has become the first woman to be appointed Astronomer Royal for Scotland since it was created almost 200 years ago. Heymans, who is based at University of Edinburgh, will become the eleventh person to hold the role after it became vacant in 2019 following the death of the incumbent John Campbell Brown, who held the position…

Professor Juna Kollmeier appointed as CITA’s New Director

Professor Juna Kollmeier has been appointed the next CITA Director starting July 2021. She will advance the Institute’s renowned successes and discoveries on the origin and evolution of the universe, and the many other phenomena discovered by modern astronomy.

Professor Kollmeier is on faculty and serves as the founding director of the Carnegie Theoretical Astrophysics Center at T…

Planetary system with a star that rotates backwards

Planetary system with a star that rotates backwards

Caption: This artist illustration depicts the exoplanetary system in K2-290. It shows the main star K2-290 A, its two planets, and in the background the smaller companion K2-290 B. The unique feature of the K2-290 system is that the planetary host star (K2-290 A) rotates backwards with respect to the coplanar orbital motion of its two planets. When it was only a few million years old, t…

Professor Norman Murray named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Professor Norman Murray

Norman Murray, director of the Faculty of Arts & Science’s Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA), has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Murray is receiving the prestigious distinction “for theoretical work providing key insights into a broad range of astrophysical topics encompassing planetary science, star…

CHIME Wins Prestigious Governor General’s Innovation Award

the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment

The team behind the Canadian-based radio telescope CHIME (the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment) has been awarded the fifth annual Governor General’s Innovation Award.

Announced Tuesday by the Rideau Hall Foundation, these awards recognize and celebrate exceptional Canadian individuals, teams, and organizations who have “developed new or better ways of creating value and who…

The Hubble Trouble is not a CMB one according to major new Atacama Cosmology Telescope results: The Deep Universe Tension with the Nearby Universe continues

The Atacama Cosmology Telescope

From a mountain high in Chile’s Atacama Desert, astronomers with the National Science Foundation’s Atacama Cosmology Telescope (ACT) have taken a fresh look at the oldest light in the universe. Their new observations plus a bit of cosmic geometry suggest that the universe is 13.77 billion years old, give or take 40 million years.

The new estimate matches the one provided by t…

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