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  1. Dunlap Institute Introduction to Astronomical Instrumentation Summer School

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    Every year, the Dunlap Institute holds its Introduction to Astronomical Instrumentation Summer School at the University of Toronto. The school is an intensive week of lectures and hands-on labs, designed…

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    • Super-Size My Solar System

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      Dr. Quinn Konopacky of the Dunlap Institute describes the recent discoveries she and her team have made about the atmosphere of exoplanet HR 8799c. She explains the implications for the search…

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      • Testing Pixels For A Radio Telescope

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        Prof. Keith Vanderlinde of the Dunlap Institute tests feeds --the radio equivalent of a pixel on a camera sensor. The feeds will be part of the CHIME hybrid telescope, which will map the largest…

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        • The Lives of Galaxies

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          Galaxies come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. Some galaxies consists of large discs with impressive spiral arms and dust lanes, just like our own Milky Way. Others look more plain: elliptical…

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          • Where Have All the Quasars Gone?

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            An international team of astronomers has discovered two gigantic black holes with masses about 10 billion times the mass of our sun. These black holes have a mass more than 50 per cent greater than…

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            • My Path to Space, by NASA Astronaut Dr. Drew Feustel

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              Ever wondered what it takes to become an astronaut? Dr. Drew Feustel worked as a car mechanic, got a PhD in geophysics and worked for oil companies before enrolling in the astronaut program. In this…

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              • Copernicus's Search For A More Perfect Heaven

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                Best-selling non-fiction author and science writer Dava Sobel takes us on her trip to Poland to discover for ourselves where Copernicus worked, how the people around him lived and interacted with…

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                • Chasing Stardust with Cool Technology

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                  Humans often don't realize that they can sense more than visible light. They feel infrared radiation as heat, which is also another form of light. Over the past few decades, there has been an…

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                  • Dark Matter 101, by Dr. Anne-Marie Weijmans

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                    Dark matter plays an important role in our Universe: without it, galaxies and stars could not have formed. Through gravitational instabilities, the initially smooth distribution of dark matter in…

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                    • Cosmology 101, by Dr. Adrienne Erickcek

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                      Nearly 400,000 years after the Big Bang, electrons and protons formed the first hydrogen atoms, and the Universe became transparent. The photons that were released at that time form the cosmic microwave…

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                      • Pulsars 101, by Dr. René Breton

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                        Meet the family: neutron stars, pulsars, magnetars … Neutron stars are among the most extreme objects populating our Universe and represent one of the ultimate evolutionary stages of massive…

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                        • High-Energy Astrophysics 101, by Dr. Rongfeng Shen

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                          This lecture gives a short, undergraduate level survey of the high energy astrophysics, focusing on the basic concepts, properties of compact objects (mostly neutron stars and black holes) and their…

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