NRC Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics

NRC Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics (NRC Herzberg) is Canada's gateway to the universe. We operate Canada's national observatories and a national astronomy data centre, and develop advanced astronomical instruments in collaboration with industrial partners — bringing out-of-this-world technology back down to Earth.


NRC Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics operates three research programs: the Optical Astronomy Program, the Radio Astronomy Program and the Astronomy Technology Program.

  • Astronomy Technology Program (ATP)
    Supporting Canada's goal to be a world-class provider of astronomical instrumentation. The program has built instruments for many of the world's major observatories. The majority of this work is carried out with a diverse group of national and international partners, both in industry and universities.
  • Optical Astronomy Program (OAP)
    Supporting Canada's national optical observatories, including the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory (DAO), the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT) and the Gemini Observatory. It also operates the Canadian Astronomy Data Centre (CADC), providing access to high-capacity digital infrastructure that furthers astronomical research.
  • Radio Astronomy Program (RAP)
    Supporting Canada's national radio astronomical observatories, including the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory (DRAO) and the Atacama Large Millimetre/submillimetre Array (ALMA).

The NRC advantage

NRC Herzberg manages Canada's participation in major astronomical observatories worldwide and at home, thereby ensuring Canadian astronomers have full access to world-class facilities spanning the entire sky.

In astronomy, scientific progress is closely linked to technological innovation. That's why instrumentation experts at NRC Herzberg develop new, state-of-the-art devices that are critical for research at world-class observatories.

We are also a leading force in data management, archiving and distribution, thanks to the Canadian Astronomy Data Centre.

From providing support to users of our world-class observatories, to developing instrumentation for new research, and comprehensive data management, NRC Herzberg provides wide-ranging expertise and services to researchers and industry clients who work with us.

Working with us

NRC Herzberg is Canada's foremost authority on astronomy and astrophysics, maintaining Canada's largest and most powerful observatories, as well as representing Canada in some of the world's foremost astronomy initiatives. We welcome leading researchers from around the world to undertake research at our facilities, to better understand the universe.

Industrial collaborations and technology transfer are high priorities for us. We have helped several industry partners win major contracts and establish a competitive presence in the world market. Contact us to learn more about potential opportunities to work together.


Kevin Farris
Telephone: 250-363-6951

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