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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.
CBC News, October 12, 2021
Physics and Astronomy professor Peter Brown confirms rock, which fell through the ceiling and landed on a pillow next to Ruth Hamilton in her home in Golden, BC, was indeed a meteorite.
Debora Van Brenk, Western News, October 06, 2021
New director shares vision for interdisciplinary space research collaboration
September 24, 2021
An international team of astronomers from Armagh Observatory in Northern Ireland and the University of Western Ontario in Canada published a paper today in the Monthy Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society sharing new insights into the origin and evolution of the magnetic field of white dwarfs.
Publication of "Essential Astrophysics Interstellar Medium to Stellar Remnants" by professor Shantanu Basu
September 20, 2021
This highly accessible story of the observed contents of our Galaxy includes intuitive explanations, informative diagrams, and basic equations, as needed. It is an ideal guide for undergraduates with some physics and mathematics background who are studying astronomy and astrophysics. It is also accessible to interested laypeople, thanks to its limited equations.
Debora Van Brenk, Western News, August 17, 2021
Western researchers Jamie Noel, Lyudmila Goncharova and Des Moser awarded $3.3-million research grant for work to safeguard storage of used nuclear fuel.
Raquel Fletcher, Global News, August 07, 2021
“One of the biggest questions in astronomy nowadays is the search for life — extrasolar life — in the universe,” said Stanimir Metchev, Canada research chair in extrasolar planets and professor at Western University‘s Institute for Earth and Space Exploration.
Jeff Renaud, Western News, August 06, 2021
The Perseid meteor shower peaks Aug. 12 to 13 and the stars are aligning for a really big show.
Mari-Len De Guzman, Western News, August 06, 2021
Victoria Pinnegar, a graduate student in Robert Sica's research group, is tracking air particulates from wildfires over 1000km away
Heather Rivers, The London Free Press, August 01, 2021
Western University scientists Denis Vida and Mike Mazur monitor the sky with the Global Meteor Network to pinpoint meteors more accurately.
July 01, 2021
Welcome announcement for new faculty from Applied Math.
Debora Van Brenk, Western News, June 15, 2021
Twelve Western researchers – including Francesca Vidotto – have been named Canada Research Chairs as they bolster their place among the top scholars and scientists in their fields.
June 07, 2021
Our first-year physics course offerings have changed! Check out this link if you need help deciding which course is right for you.
Debora Van Brenk, Western News, June 01, 2021
Alexei Ouriadov of Western’s Department of Physics and Astronomy researching use of hyperpolarized xenon gas to obtain high-resolution information about the lung during MRI scan.
Western Communications, Western News, May 20, 2021
An international team, including Els Peeters from Western University's Institute for Earth and Space Exploration will use NASA's James Webb Space Telescope to study the Orion Bar.
Western Communications, Western News, May 18, 2021
Mikko Karttunen among ten Western initiatives have been awarded a total of $1 million in funding as part of the eCampusOntario Virtual Learning Strategy.
Jeff Renaud, Western News, May 17, 2021
Western University and Bishop’s University are the recipients of $1.1 million to develop what could become Canada’s next space telescope mission.
Randall Hyman, Astronomy Magazine, April 28, 2021
Astronomy Magazine article on ‘Oumuamua’s origins cite study by Western University’s Paul Wiegert and Tim Hallatt, which argues that ‘Oumuamua could have formed less than 100 million years ago.
Jeff Renaud, Western News, April 26, 2021
Botswana asteroid likely came from Vesta – one of the largest objects in the asteroid belt
Jeff Renaud, Western News, April 08, 2021
Using data from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, a team led by Western space scientists Megan Tannock and Stanimir Metchev has identified the three fastest-spinning brown dwarfs ever found.
Jeff Renaud, Western News, March 11, 2021
Canadian researchers have helped discover and study a rare meteorite that fell over Winchombe, England in February. The rare space rock, called carbonaceous chondrite, remained in a deep freeze for the last 4.5 billion years and contains presolar grains, which are small dust particles even older than the Sun.
Sarah Gallagher is co-recipient of the Purvis Memorial Award from the Canadian Society of Chemical Industry
February 12, 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.
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).