India-LIGO: Is IndiGO a go?

Jammu, India –

The Indian Prime Minister  Manmohan Singh announced Monday that India intends to host the third LIGO detector. The Prime Minister made the announcement as he inaugurated the 101st Indian Science Congress at the University of Jammu on February 3rd, 2014.

“India will partner the international scientific community in the establishment of some of the world’s major R&D…

CITA co-founder, Professor Peter G. Martin, FRSC, is honored

CASCA recognizes Martin with the 2014 Executive Award for Outstanding Service for his sustained contributions to astronomy in Canada 

The Canadian Astronomical Society President Laura Ferrarese made the announcement today with evident pleasure. “For more than four decades, Dr. Martin has been a driving force and steadfast supporter of astronomy in Canada,” she said. “In bestowing t…

Professor Joseph Silk, FRS, to deliver the 16th Sackler Lecture

CITA announces the 16th Sackler Lecture will be delivered by Joseph Ivor Silk who has done outstanding work to understand the very early universe.

Professor Silk will visit CITA April 21-25, 2014.

His public talk entitled “From Here to Eternity” will be Tue, Apr 22, 2014, 7:30 PM in the Koffler Building, 569 Spadina Avenue, main auditorium, west of CITA offices in McLennan…

Progress Report on the CHIME project from the Dunlap Institute’s Professor Keith Vanderlinde

The pathfinder or prototype, proof-of-concept for CHIME is well underway. (This is 2/5th of the completed CHIME).  “One cylinder is essentially finished, the second is coming along, and we’re about to attach the first set of detectors. We’ve got several months of commissioning ahead of us before the whole thing is assembled and up & running, but things are certainly coming along,”…

CITA is pleased to host the International Summer Institute for Modeling in Astrophysics

Applications are now being accepted here for ISIMA 2014: Gravitational Dynamics
The deadline for graduate students is January 17, 2014

This year’s program is on Gravitational Dynamics in the formation, evolution and fate of almost all celestial bodies, from asteroids, to planets and stars, galaxies, and clusters of galaxies. The study of gravitational dynamics has been…

Planet Days: the new Centre for Planetary Science has critical mass


In his welcoming speech at the October 18th inauguration of the new Centre for Planetary Science at the University of Toronto Scarborough, Associate Professor Kristen Menou singled out Professor Charles Dyer to thank, as he had been working toward this day for a decade. But Dyer was not there to hear the remarks—he was teaching a class.

The story of the University of…

Origins of Massive Young Stars orbiting the Supermassive Black Hole at the Centre of the Milky Way

Stars tightly packed at the centre of our Milky Way galaxy Credit: VLT,-ESO

Canadian Astronomical Society Annual Meeting May 28-30, Vancouver, BC Fabio Antonini of the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics and David Merritt of the Rochester Institute of Technology have developed a new theory that explains the orbits of the massive young stars that closely orbit the black hole at the centre of the Milky Way.

The discovery of these stars called “S-stars”…

PLANCK reveals the Universe’s First Light

The best map ever made of the most ancient light in the universe — the remnant radiation left over from the Big Bang some 13 billion years ago — clarifies our understanding of the universe. The highly detailed image of the universe — produced by the European Space Agency’s Planck Space Telescope and the Planck collaboration of international scientists including a team from U of T —…

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