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
PLANET-DEVOURING STAR REVEALS POSSIBLE LIMESTONE CRUMBS
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).
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