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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