Astronomers have pinpointed for the first time the home galaxy of a Fast Radio Burst, moving scientists a step closer to detecting what causes these powerful but fleeting pulses of radio waves. FRBs, which last just a few thousandths of a second, have puzzled astrophysicists since their discovery a decade ago.

Classified as: astrophysics, galaxy, Kaspi, telescope, science and technology, Fast Radio Bursts, FRB, neutron star, magnetar, CHIME, Tendulkar, American Astronomical Society, Astrophysical Journal Letters, astronomers
Published on: 4 Jan 2017

McGill professor Vicky Kaspi, a world-renowned astrophysicist known for her cutting-edge work on neutron stars and pulsars, was awarded the Killam Prize today, one of the country’s most prestigious awards for academic-career achievement. The $100,000 prize was granted for outstanding scholarship in the natural sciences. Five awards – one each in the categories of the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, health sciences and engineering -- are distributed every year by the Canada Council for the Arts.

Classified as: cosmology, astrophysics, Kaspi, Killam, McGill News, Canada Council for the Arts, magnetars, neutron stars, pulsars
Published on: 14 Apr 2015

Brief pulse detected by Arecibo telescope appears to come from far beyond our galaxy

Classified as: astrophysics, Astrophysical Journal, Kaspi, Arecibo, Cordes, fast radio burst, Max Planck Institute, Parkes Observatory, Spitler
Published on: 10 Jul 2014