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…

U of T Magazine profiles the CITAzen behind the web service Ask an Astronomer

CITA graduate student Yevgeni Kissin founded and maintains the Q&A service. 

Yevgeni Kissin is a graduate student being supervised by CITA professor Chris Thompson. The question Kissin is asking in his research concerns stellar evolution: “How does angular momentum impact the observable properties of stars?”

Kissin founded the web-based service on the U of T’s communal astronomy…

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…

The FIRE collaboration: harnessing computing to observe galaxy formation over the life-span of the universe

CITA director Norm Murray is a member of the FIRE Collaboration producing simulations to address questions in galaxy formation with unprecedented predictive power. 

This video is a realistic simulation of the formation and evolution of a Milky Way-type galaxy over the life-span of the universe, from shortly after the Big Bang up to the present day. The simulation works as an…

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…

Former CITA Researcher Jonathan Dursi named Interim Chief Technology Officer of Canada’s Supercomputing Network

Dursi moves to Compute Canada from SciNet, Canada’s largest supercomputing centre.

Dursi joined CITA as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in 2004 and then was promoted to Senior Research Associate during which time he led the writing of the Computing Networks, and Data white paper for the Canadian Astronomy Long Range Plan,…

Marcelo Alvarez is the recipient of the 2013 Jeffrey L. Bishop Fellowship

Alvarez was awarded the Bishop Fellowship for his outstanding work in cosmology, particularly his recent research on how the universe was re-ionized by energetic small galaxies so efficient they eventually could no longer form. He explained his work this way:

“We think the universe was re-ionized about a billion years after the Big Bang which meant that the first stars that formed heated a…

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