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Welcome to Western’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, where we passionately pursue knowledge about the fundamental laws that govern the Universe and all that it contains. Our interdisciplinary research investigates how matter, forces, and energy interact and shape objects and environments, from our own direct surroundings here on Earth to the event horizon of black holes in the distant reaches of the Universe. We are as curious about the practical applications of physics to medicine and the environment as the fascinating physics behind the largest structures in the cosmos!
We bring that passion and curiosity into our student experience. Our students are an essential part of our community, and often key contributors to our research. We are dedicated to helping students and young investigators discover their potential by giving them guidance and support to become better scientists, community members, and people. We are excited to work with you at all stages of your career, to help develop your interests and achieve your goals.
Scott Sutherland, The Weather Network, December 08, 2020
With relatively clear skies at the time, this bright meteor was seen for hundreds of kilometres around. Featuring footage from Western's ASGARD cameras!
Blair Crawford, Ottawa Citizen, December 08, 2020
A fireball, now known as Event 20201208-003040, was observed over Ottawa with a steep descent and (relatively) slow velocity of 47,000 km/h.
Tim Denis, NewsTalk 610 CKTB, November 26, 2020
MSc Astronomy candidate Cole Gregg discusses newly discovered asteroid on Niagara in the Morning talk radio show with Tim Denis (1:25).
Carole MacNeil and Johanna Wagstaffe, CBC News Network, November 26, 2020
CBC interview with MSc Astronomy candidate Cole Gregg discussing his remote discovery of a previously unseen asteroid from a home in Chatham.
London Free Press, November 26, 2020
Cole Gregg, MSc Astronomy candidate, discovered an unknown asteroid through remote access to a Spanish telescope on November 18th
CTV News, October 05, 2020
Dr. Denis Vida talks with CTV Toronto about an early morning fireball event. Watch the video today (18:31).
Jeffery Renaud, Western News, June 23, 2020
Western astronomers may have spotted six new moons orbiting planets in solar systems far from our own – an otherworldly discovery so rare it must wait on future technologies to confirm. Until then, however, the mere possibility of the find sparks excitement over our biggest questions about the universe.
Jonathan O'Callaghan, New York Times, May 13, 2020
A study says the DART mission’s collision with an asteroid near Earth may liberate enough debris to reach Earth’s atmosphere.
Jason Winders, Western News, April 15, 2020
Researchers, led by Western University’s Sarah Gallagher, using the Gemini North telescope on Hawai’i’s Maunakea have detected the most energetic wind from any quasar ever measured. This outflow, which is travelling at nearly 13% of the speed of light, carries enough energy to dramatically impact star formation across an entire galaxy.
Paul Woods, Nature Astronomy, April 14, 2020
In 2010, the Spitzer Space Telescope detected evidence of a complex form of carbon that had never been seen in extraterrestrial environments. Jan Cami recounts the discovery of buckminsterfullerene in space.
May 11, 2019
In 2019, the 3rd annual Science Rendezvous more than 1600 people of all ages attended the free event which included demonstrations, stage shows, and hands-on experiences both in the afternoon and evening, including fireworks with spectroscopy glasses.
April 09, 2019
April 01, 2019
Physics PhD Candidate and lecturer Mark Baker has been announced as the winner of one of four University Student’s Council Award of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. The annual awards recognize the university's finest instructors, innovative teaching methods and techniques.
March 21, 2019
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March 09, 2019
November 13, 2018
September 08, 2018
Professor Sarah Gallagher has been named the Canadian Space Agency's first-ever science advisor. During the two-year appointment, Dr. Gallagher will report directly to Canadian Space Agency president Sylvain Laporte, helping shape the future of Canadian space science and promoting space research to inspire the next generation of Canadian space scientists.
Sarah Gallagher is co-recipient of the Purvis Memorial Award from the Canadian Society of Chemical Industry
February 18, 2021
Congratulations to Dr. Sarah Gallagher, co-recipient of the Purvis Memorial Award from the Canadian Society of Chemical Industry, along with Dr. Cara Tannenbaum, recognizing their contributions to implementing the CanCOVID network.