Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Centre

We are Canada's gateway to the stars. We maintain and operate Canada's largest and most powerful observatories and represent the country in some of the world's leading astronomy initiatives.

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Research publications

Collection of our research publications

Research programs

List of our research programs

Our facilities

List of our research facilities


NRC crafts a new brain for the ALMA telescope

Upgrades to ALMA's central correlator


Canada becomes member of SKAO radio astronomy project

Strengthening Canada's international reputation in astronomical discovery


Directory of science professionals

Learn about our researcher's projects, passions and expertise

Services and information

Dominion Astrophysical Observatory

Capabilities in optical imaging, spectroscopy, spectropolarimetry and operates 2 research telescopes

Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory

Internationally known radio astronomy research and development facility

Canadian Astronomy Data Centre

Web-based virtual observatory housing some of the world's most important astronomical data collections

Square Kilometre Array Observatory (SKAO)

Learn more about Canada's involvement in the next-generation radio astronomy observatory

Covington Fellowship

Awarded to an outstanding, recent doctoral graduate in astronomy or astrophysics to conduct independent research at the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory

Plaskett Fellowship

Awarded to an outstanding, recent doctoral graduate in astrophysics to conduct independent research

Gemini High-resolution Optical SpecTrograph (GHOST)

World-class instrument that will provide high-resolution spectroscopic capabilities at the Gemini South Observatory in Chile

Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) R&D

The world's most powerful radio telescope and the largest ground-based astronomy endeavour ever undertaken

James Webb Space Telescope

The most complex and powerful space telescope ever built

Canadian Time Allocation Committee (CanTAC)

Facilitating telescope access for Canadian astronomers