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Sponsored by CITA: The West African International Summer School for Young Astronomers

The West African International Summer School for Young Astronomers (WAISSYA) is a week-long introductory course in astronomy for undergraduate science students from around West Africa (and beyond). This is the second time we are holding the school; the first time was in October 2013. Most of our 50 students will be from Nigeria, along with several students from Ghana, the Gambia, Senegal, Egypt,…

Debut on the BBC and Science Channel! the bicep-planck story

Headlines around the world accompanied the announcement in March 2014 by the BICEP2 team that a specific swirly pattern of cosmic microwave background polarization called the B-mode was discovered on large angular scales. After evaluating and rejecting various systematic effects and Milky Way foreground emissions as the cause, the team, including Professor Barth Netterfield and graduate student…

Planck: Gravitational Waves Remain Elusive

Despite earlier reports of a possible detection, a joint analysis of data from ESA’s Planck satellite and the ground-based BICEP2 and Keck Array experiments has found no conclusive evidence of primordial gravitational waves.  CITA scientists Dick Bond and Peter Martin are co-authors on this new study.

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Professor Norm Murray broadcasting live on PRI

Today the Director of CITA,  Norm Murray,  will go live on the airwaves with Public Radio International to discuss the  Spinning  Theories on Planet Rotation. This will be broadcasted from Glen Gould studio downtown Toronto.

 

You can listen here at Scienc…

How long is a day on an exoplanet when the atmosphere forces an entire planet to spin faster

Even before exoplanets were discovered, astronomers thought that most planets with orbital periods less than a year would be spinning “synchronously”, meaning that, like the Moon around the Earth, they would always show the same side to their star. In our Solar System, Venus escaped this state, but it was believed that this peculiarity was due to the unusually massive atmosphere of that…

Philae lander touches down on comet 67P

Rosetta mission’s Philae lander made contact with comet 67P, ten years after the mission began.
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New York Times article: “Criticism of Study Detecting Ripples From Big Bang Continues to Expand”

Prof Dick Bond is quoted in the New York Times article “Criticism of Study Detecting Ripples From Big Bang Continues to Expand”.
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Norm Murray interviewed in weekly journal ‘Nature’

Norm Murray was quoted  in the July issue of Nature. The article looks at the current state of exoplanet research and how scientist must now take a different approach in explaining their formation.

 

Link to the article here or download the PDF…

Mike Nolta listed one of The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014

SRA Mike Nolta name made the list of The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014.

“Spotlighting some of the standout researchers of the last decade, Thomson Reuters has launched Highly Cited Researchers, a compilation of influential names in science. Deriving from InCites Essential Science Indicators, a subset of the Web of Science, Highly Cited Researchers presents more than 3,000…

Peter Martin awarded CASCA Executive Award for Outstanding Service

Dr.  Peter G. Martin has been awarded the CASCA Executive Award for Outstanding Service for 2014.

“The CASCA Executive Award for Outstanding Service is awarded to an individual who has made sustained contributions in service that have strengthened the Canadian astronomical community and enhanced its impact regionally, nationally and/or internationally. This may include, but is not limited to,…

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