Nov 17, 2020, MSI
On November 17, 2020, MSI had the honour of (virtually) hosting a public talk by Steven M. Kahn, Cassius Lamb Kirk Professor in the Natural Sciences, Stanford University, and Director of the Vera C. Rubin Observatory. Prof. Kahn described the design and development of the Vera C. Rubin Observatory, a new and unique major astronomical facility under development in Chile with funding from the U.S. National Science Foundation and U.S. Department of Energy. The Rubin Observatory is a large-aperture, wide-field ground-based telescope designed to perform a ten-year, time-domain survey of the entire southern hemisphere of sky in six optical colour bands. He walked us through how the observatory will photograph every part of the southern sky nearly 1,000 times over its planned decade of operations. He expects that it will discover nearly 20 billion new galaxies, and a comparable number of stars – the first time in human history when we will know of more objects in the Universe than there are people on Earth. A diverse array of distinct science investigations will be enabled by the resulting database, ranging from studies of small moving bodies in the solar system to the structure and evolution of the Universe as a whole. The talk was followed by a Q&A where we took questions from our very enthusiastic audience, so many that we ran out of time!
Sep 16, 2020, CIFAR
New results from fellows in CIFAR’s Gravity & the Extreme Universe program and the CHIME telescope collaboration continue to provide unique astrophysical insights
Jul 14, 2020, McGill Reporter
The CHIME radio telescope project, which includes leading astrophysicists from MSI, has won a 2020 Governor General’s Innovation Award
Jul 9, 2020, McGill Reporter
Prof. Vicky Kaspi was awarded a Distinguished James McGill Professors (DJMP) award for late-career researchers – McGill’s highest honour.
Jul 9, 2020, McGill Newsroom
Prof. Daryl Haggard & Prof. Nicolas Cowan received Canada Research Chairs. Prof. Haggard is the Canada Research Chair in Multi-Messenger Astrophysics (NSERC, Tier 2) and Prof. Cowan is the Canada Research Chair in Planetary Climate (NSERC, Tier 2). The CRCs aim to achieve research excellence in engineering and the natural sciences, health sciences, humanities, and social sciences.
Jun 25, 2020, McGill Reporter
Prof. Daryl Haggard among this year's three recipients of the 2020 Principal’s Prize for Outstanding Emerging Researchers
Feb 12, 2020, McGill Newsroom
Prof. Adrian Liu received a 2020 Sloan Research Fellowship for extraordinary early career researchers from Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
Nov 1, 2019, McGill Newsroom
Prof. Daryl Haggard is joint-recipient of the 2020 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics as a part of the 347-member Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) Collaboration Team that received this award for capturing the first image of a supermassive black hole, taken by means of an Earth-sized alliance of telescopes. The prize recognizes individuals or teams who have made profound contributions to human knowledge
Aug 28, 2019, McGill Newsroom
Two McGill University astronomers have assembled a “fingerprint” for Earth, which could be used to identify a planet beyond our Solar System capable of supporting life.