The mission of the CRAQ is to :

-Promote excellence in astrophysics in Québec and help Québec astronomy shine on the world stage
-Insure teaching at the graduate level and train highly skilled students in astrophysics
-Help engrain this field of knowledge within the popular culture of Québec
-Consolidate the material and financial resources of its members for cutting edge research
Events to come : Seminars/Colloquia ou Public outreach activities

News from the CRAQ Latest news


A group of researchers using the W. M. Keck Observatory have discovered a planet-like body that may have been encrusted in limestone and is having its surface layers devoured by its deceased host star. In addition to extending a relatively new method of determining the chemical composition of planets to examine their internal structure, the team found that the rocky material being accreted by the star could be comprised of minerals that are typically associated with marine life processes here on Earth. The team -- comprised of Carl Melis of University of California, San Diego, and Patrick Dufour of the Université de Montréal -- is announcing their findings at the 228th meeting of the American Astronomical Society this week.  Click here for more info

Awards Latest news

Jason Rowe awarded NASA’s Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal for exoplanet research

CRAQ’s researcher, iREx member and Bishop’s University adjunct professor, Jason Rowe, is the recipient of NASA’s Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal for his contribution as a team member for the Kepler mission, one of the most successful science experiments of recent times.  Click here for more info

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The Centre for Research in Astrophysics of Québec (CRAQ) is a partnership between the Université de Montréal, McGill University, and the Université Laval. The CRAQ brings together all researchers working in the field of astronomy and astrophysics of these three institutions, as well as other collaborators from Bishop's University, the Canadian Space Agency, the Cégep de Sherbrooke, and the private sector (Photon etc., ABB Bomem Inc., Nüvü Caméras). The CRAQ is funded through the program Regroupements stratégiques of the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FRQ-NT).

The CRAQ constitutes a unique grouping of researchers in astrophysics in Québec bent on excellence and whose varying and complementary fields of expertise allows them to be innovative, creative and competitive in several scientific fields, thus offering graduate students a wide variety of subjects in both fundamental and applied fields of research.

The activities of the CRAQ follow four main thrusts :

  • Fundamental and applied research in astrophysics,
  • Development of instrumentation for national, international and space based observatories through the Laboratoire d'astrophysique expériementale (LAE),
  • the Observatoire du Mont-Mégantic (OMM),
  • and, finally, the spreading of our astrophysics knowledge to the public at large.


Seminars/Colloquia to come (next 7 days)

Tuesday, 19 January 2021
From Be/X-ray transients at low X-ray luminosity to bright unusual short gamma-ray bursts
Alicia Rouco Escorial, Northwestern University (Ciera)
Time : 15:30
Site : McGill University, Zoom

Thursday, 21 January 2021
A Song of Ice and Fire: the Fate of Planetary Systems After Stellar Death
Andrew Vanderburg, UT Texas & Madison/Wisconsin
Time : 11:30
Site : Université de Montréal, Zoom


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