An Overview of Canadian Astronomy

Greg Fahlman
Event Date and Time: 
Mon, 2015-04-13 15:30 - 16:30
Hennings 318

The Government of Canada recently announced an unprecedented award of $243.5M to enable Canada’s participation in the construction and operation of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT). This international project has its origins in a community-based Long Range Plan presented in 2000. A subsequent Plan in 2010 further amplified that case for this project among a suite of “World Observatories” that were planned for the early decades of the 21’st century. In this talk, I will provide an overview of the current state of Canadian astronomy, focusing on the role of NRC-Herzberg and its interaction with the academic community and placed within the context of the Long Range Plans. Particular emphasis will be given to the TMT and the other three “big ticket” items: the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA), and the Square Kilometer Array (SKA).

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