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CFI Funding for Dunlap Institute Long-Wavelength Laboratory

CFI Funding for Dunlap Institute Long-Wavelength Laboratory

Keith Vanderlinde of the Dunlap Institute is one of 44 U of T scientists awarded over $12 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation.

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Phosphorus in the Young Supernova Remnant Cassiopeia A

Phosphorus in the Young Supernova Remnant Cassiopeia A

An international team of astronomers, including Prof. Dae-Sik Moon at the University of Toronto, has measured for the first time the abundance of phosphorus created in a supernova explosion. “These five elements are essential to life and can only be created in massive stars,” says Moon. “They are scattered throughout our galaxy when the star explodes, and they become part of other stars, planets and ultimately, humans. This is why Carl Sagan said we are made of ‘starstuff’.”

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Inaugural Dunlap Award for Innovation in Astronomical Research Tools – June 2014

Inaugural Dunlap Award for Innovation in Astronomical Research Tools – June 2014

In June 2014, the Canadian Astronomical Society Société Canadienne d’Astronomie will present the inaugural Dunlap Award for Innovation in Astronomical Research Tools at the society’s annual meeting in Quebec City. The Dunlap Award is to be presented to an individual or team for the design,…

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Dunlap Institute Announces Inaugural Dunlap Prize And First Recipient, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson

Dunlap Institute Announces Inaugural Dunlap Prize And First Recipient, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson

The Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics, University of Toronto, announces the inauguration of an international award named the Dunlap Prize. “Our vision for the award,” says the Dunlap Institute’s interim director, Peter Martin, “is to recognize an individual whose remarkable achievements resonate with our…

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Double Awards for Dunlap’s Transit of Venus at Varsity Stadium Event

Double Awards for Dunlap’s Transit of Venus at Varsity Stadium Event

9 June 2013 – Bronze and Silver CASE Awards for astronomy public outreach. The Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics has won two CASE awards for its 2012 Transit of Venus at Varsity Stadium public outreach event. The gathering was one of the largest astronomy…

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Twelve researchers win $2.5M in research infrastructure funding

Twelve researchers win $2.5M in research infrastructure funding

7 June 2013 – Astronomer building advanced astronomical instrumentation among them. U of T researchers have won just under $2.5 million in infrastructure funding in the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s latest Leadership Opportunity Fund competition. Professor Shelley Wright of the Dunlap Institute and the Department…

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Distant Planetary System is a Super-Sized Solar System

Distant Planetary System is a Super-Sized Solar System

14 March 2013 – A team of astronomers, including Quinn Konopacky of the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics, University of Toronto, has made the most detailed examination yet of the atmosphere of a Jupiter-like planet beyond our Solar System. According to Konopacky, “We have…

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Around the Milky Way Galaxy in 11.5 Years

Around the Milky Way Galaxy in 11.5 Years

4 October 2012 – An international team of astronomers, including the Dunlap Institute’s Tuan Do, has discovered a star that orbits the supermassive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way Galaxy in record time. Referred to as S0-102, the star circuits our galaxy’s…

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A Grand-Design Spiral Galaxy Before Its Time

A Grand-Design Spiral Galaxy Before Its Time

12 July 2012 – A team led by an astronomer at the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics, University of Toronto, has discovered a spiral galaxy that appears to have formed a billion years before other spirals. The galaxy is 10.5 billion light-years from Earth,…

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The Transit of Venus at Varsity Stadium

The Transit of Venus at Varsity Stadium

May 9, 2012 – On June 5th, 2012, the world will be watching as the planet Venus passes in front of the Sun. This phenomenon, called a transit of Venus, has not happened since 2004 and will not happen again until 2117. For virtually every…

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