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.
Canadian Astronomical Data Centre (CADC)
Dominion Astrophysical Observatory (DAO)
Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory (DRAO)
Atacama Large Millimetre/submillimetre Array (ALMA)
Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT)
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.
Astronomy Technology program
The Astronomy Technology program is organized in multi-functional teams that offer a diverse set of technical, engineering, and management capabilities. Including:
- Adaptive Optics
- Electrical Engineering
- Instrumentation Science
- Manufacturing and Machining
- Mechanical Engineering
- Millimetre Technology
- Optical Engineering
- Project Management
- Radio Engineering
- Software and Controls
Canadian Astronomy Data Centre (CADC)
The CADC is a data archive, management and delivery organization that provides access to data from astronomical telescopes, as well as advanced data products from several astronomical surveys. Based in the DAO offices in Victoria, BC, the CADC also supports the Canadian Advanced Network for Astronomical Research (CANFAR), a distributed processing solution for large astronomical datasets.
The NRC is committed to excellence in astrophysical research through provision of first-class facilities and services to Canadian researchers. Through community membership in the Canadian Time Allocation Committee (CanTAC), we manage peer review proposals for observing time at Gemini and CFHT telescopes.
Learn more about CanTAC and its members.
HAA provides and supports other services related to astronomical phenomena, including:
- Solar radio monitoring: The NRC has led Solar Radio Monitoring in Canada for nearly 70 years. The data service is an ongoing collaborative activity with Natural Resources Canada.
- Sunrise/sunset calculator: Calculate the sunrise and sunset time, for selected dates.
Working with us
Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Centre 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.
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