Astronomy and astrophysics

The NRC's Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Centre is Canada's gateway to the universe. We operate Canada's national observatories, a national astronomy data centre and develop advanced astronomical instruments in collaboration with industrial partners.

The NRC advantage

The Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Centre manages Canada's participation in some of the world's most important optical and radio astronomy observatories, and facilitates access for the Canadian astronomy community. In astronomy, scientific progress is closely linked to technological innovation. That's why we work with industry and other research partners to design and develop the innovative technologies these observatories used to advance our understanding of the universe. We also provide comprehensive data management, technical support and other specialized services to research and industry partners.

Research Facilities and Scientific Projects

The impact of Canada's astronomical research is rated among the world's highest, thanks in part to the world-class astronomical observatories that Canadian researchers can access, both at home and through partnerships in facilities around the world. HAA supports activities at the following observatories.

Technical and advisory services

The Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Centre has a long history of leading and participating in the development of cutting-edge astronomical instrumentation, including ground-based and space-based projects, for optical, near-infrared, millimetre and radio astronomy. We are also a leading force in data management, archiving and distribution, and support other services related to astronomical phenomena.


Kevin Farris
Telephone: 250-363-6951

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