Astronomy

Canadian scientists get stunning close ups of Mars
Publish Date: 02-DEC-2014 02:39 PM
It's the first close-up Canadian view of the Red Planet. Two images of Mars taken Sunday by Western University scientists are the pride and joy of a planetary geologist with a passion for out-of-this world science. They're part of a project spearheaded by Livio Tornabene, a Western professor and pioneering scientist with the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) that has been sending back images of the surface of Mars since 2006, a year after the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) was sent into space. 
 
Airbrushing in space: Canada’s astronomical boasting
Publish Date: 31-OCT-2014 08:27 AM
CANADIANS are known for humility. But leave the Earth’s surface and you'll find the country’s ego somewhere up in the thermosphere. Canada’s government websites use doctored photographs of its contribution to the International Space Station to call special attention to itself. In the image above, America’s Stephen Robinson is on the third spacewalk of space shuttle mission STS-114 in 2005. The NASA photo shows the mechanical arm without the Canadian government logo. But the national branding appears in photos on the websites of its economic policies, immigration service and even the Canadian Space Agency’s official Tumblr account. 
 
Canada contributing to telescope involved in search for extraterrestrials
Publish Date: 04-OCT-2014 11:35 AM
Canada is contributing to a new space telescope that one scientist says may help in the search for signs of extraterrestrial life. The Canadian Space Agency is providing a number of devices for the $8-billion James Webb Space Telescope, which is expected to launch in 2018. The contributions include two cameras and one of the four science instruments on board the telescope. A keynote speaker at a public science symposium in Montreal this Monday and Tuesday is hoping the telescope and others in the future will help lead to finding signs of life beyond Earth. 
 
Space isn’t the place for international politics
Publish Date: 03-OCT-2014 11:30 AM
The Canadian government has refused visas to the heads of the Russian and Chinese space agencies to attend an international space conference being held in Toronto this week. It directly contravenes the multinational partnerships that have been a hallmark of the space program. 
 
We Talked To Bill Nye About The Tar Sands and The Muzzling of Canadian Scientists
Publish Date: 02-OCT-2014 11:21 AM
I caught up with Bill Nye before his keynote to chat about Canada, the tar sands, and the Harper government’s muzzling of scientists. While the topic was a bit of a downer, Nye was incredibly positive about Canada’s space program—gushing over the space station, which is pictured on our five-dollar bill. 
 
Près de la moitié de l’eau de la Terre serait plus vieille que le Soleil ! (French)
Publish Date: 26-SEP-2014 08:46 AM
En étudiant l’origine de l’eau présente dans le Système solaire, des chercheurs viennent de conclure qu’elle se serait formée pour une large part avant la naissance du Soleil et de la Terre. 
 
We See The Rise: Bill Nye and the Planetary Society celebrate the True North’s strong contribution to human space exploration
Publish Date: 25-SEP-2014 08:34 AM
'We See Thee Rise: The Canadian Space Program Today and Tomorrow,' is a two-hour, live presentation of Planetary Radio, the Planetary Society's online podcast series. Host Mat Kaplan will be broadcasting in front of a live audience of space and science enthusiasts, as well as devoted fans of his guest of honour - scientist, comedian, teacher, author, and Planetary Society CEO, Bill Nye, the Science Guy. 
 
Space Agency study looks at benefits of Canadian space program
Publish Date: 26-AUG-2014 03:59 PM
The Canadian Space Agency, which has struggled for years with the gravitational pull of tight budgets, plans a sweeping study of the benefits of Canada’s involvement in space. The agency is seeking bids for what it calls a “comprehensive” overall assessment of the country’s space activity, and will pay up to $250,000 “to capture the economic argument for investment in space,” as well as “demonstrate the larger socio-economic impacts” of Canadians’ activities, public and private, in the sector, according to a written description of the work. 
 
CPI wins Space Agency contract
Publish Date: 21-AUG-2014 03:38 PM
A Georgetown-based company has been awarded a $3.3 million contract to develop a satellite radar component that will play a key role in the first-ever global survey of surface water. Communications and Power Industries Canada Inc. (CPI Canada) will receive the funds from the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) it was announced Monday on behalf of Minister of Industry James Moore by Minister of State (Finance) Kevin Sorenson and Wellington-Halton Hills MP Michael Chong who both toured the Georgetown company. Also on the tour was CSA President Walter Natynczyk.  
 
Canada nearing crossroads on mega telescope project
Publish Date: 29-JUL-2014 08:09 AM
An international effort to build an enormous telescope in Hawaii that would see to the limits of the known universe has taken an important step forward, a signal that the Harper government will have to decide soon if Canadian astronomers will have a share in the instrument’s future discoveries. 
 
Company blames CSA for some cost overruns
Publish Date: 28-JUL-2014 10:34 AM
The company involved in the building of a made-in-Canada asteroid hunting satellite says an audit that was critical of the project was more about deflecting blame for the Canadian Space Agency's handling of the project than about understanding any problems. Space firm MSCI said the challenges with the satellite project, some of which were identified in the audit, weren't a result of a lack of experience on its part. Rather, the company argues, the problems with the project started with poorly written system requirements that lacked specifics. It said members of the CSA who tried to mentor MSCI - as the audit suggested they should - generally got in the way. 
 
Canada’s space-bound laser has eyes for asteroid
Publish Date: 22-JUL-2014 10:22 AM
A motley crew of kids, scientists and politicians posed in front of a boxy machine at the Royal Ontario Museum on Thursday. The instrument, known as a laser altimeter, quickly scanned them to create a multi-dimensional map of the scene. Four years from now, a new version of that instrument will be sent to map something slightly trickier — the asteroid Bennu, a carbon-rich space rock with a fascinating, if slightly menacing, biography.  
 
La NASA rend homage à l’astronaute Neil Armstrong (French only)
Publish Date: 21-JUL-2014 09:51 AM
La NASA a honoré l'un de ses plus célèbres astronautes, lundi, en rebaptisant un édifice du centre spatial Kennedy, en Floride. L'édifice porte maintenant le nom de Neil Armstrong, premier homme à avoir marché sur la lune, il y a 45 ans. 
 
Conquête de la lune : 45 ans après, les Américains se souviennent (French only)
Publish Date: 19-JUL-2014 11:52 AM
Le 20 juillet 1969, Buzz Aldrin n'avait pas les pieds sur terre lorsqu'une bonne partie de l'humanité s'est unie pour saluer un événement sans précédent. Alors, en cette date anniversaire de la mission Apollo 11 - et à cinq ans du 50e anniversaire -, Aldrin demande à tous de se souvenir où ils étaient lorsqu'Armstrong et lui sont devenus les premiers êtres humains à marcher sur la Lune, et de partager leurs souvenirs sur Internet. 
 
OSIRIS-Rex asteroid mission will use Canadian 3D technology
Publish Date: 17-JUL-2014 02:54 PM
Canada is about to build technology that will be used to map an asteroid in 3D using lasers on an upcoming space mission. Canadian scientists will work with space technology firm MacDonald, Dettwiller and Associates Ltd. (MDA). The company is about to start building and testing the new tool, known as the OSIRIS-REx Laser Altimeter (OLA). 
 
Scientist wants to use LED light to grow plants on other planets
Publish Date: 14-JUL-2014 09:18 AM
Researcher Mike Dixon with the University of Guelph in Canada has some big plans to amplify Light-Emitting Diode (LED) energy. If these work they could provide an energy source for plants to grow on Mars and other planets throughout the solar system.  
 
No Canadian at space station before 2017
Publish Date: 02-JUL-2014 08:44 AM
Unless Canada makes a lot more contributions to the International Space Station, it could be a while before another Canadian astronaut visits the giant orbiting space laboratory.For the moment, what's clear is that no Canadians will be heading up to the space station before 2017 - at the earliest. 
 
Canadian astronomers hope for spectacular meteor shower
Publish Date: 22-MAY-2014 01:48 PM
Astronomers are gearing up for some celestial fireworks when Earth hurtles through a curtain of space dust a million kilometres thick later this week. Although predictions range widely, the result may be an exceptionally good meteor shower in the wee hours of May 24, just when Canada has a front-row seat. “I’m hopeful this is going to be one for the top ten list,” says Paul Wiegert, an astronomer at the University of Western Ontario. Meteors, sometimes called shooting stars, appear as glowing specks of light that streak rapidly across the night sky. They are caused by small bits of interplanetary debris, from pea-size rocks to powder-size specks, that tear into the atmosphere, usually at speeds well above 50,000 kilometres per hour, and burn up while still high above Earth’s surface. 
 
Dr JJ Kavelaars
Publish Date: 14-MAR-2011 01:37 PM
Dr JJ Kavelaars is Senior Research Officer at the NRC Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics and archive scientist with the Canadian Astronomy Data Centre, the worlds largest repository (by data volume) of astronomical imaging data. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Physics and Astronomy Departments at McMaster University and the University of Victoria.  
 
Dr. Daniel Durand (French)
Publish Date: 04-OCT-2010 08:40 AM
Daniel Durand's was trained as an astronomer. He works at the Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics of the National Research Council.