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The Canadian Space Agency funds research projects to study star formation

LONGUEUILQC , April 4, 2022 /CNW/ – Three grants totaling $132,831 are awarded to Canadian universities to support projects that use data collected by AstroSat to better understand how stars form.

AstroSat is the Indian Space Research Organization’s first astronomy satellite dedicated to studying hot, high-energy objects in the universe like young stars and black holes. from Canada The contribution of sensitive detectors for AstroSat’s Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope instrument gives Canadian scientists observation time for unique research.

The funded institutions are:

  • University of Victoria: Dr. Patrick Côté will study the galaxies of the Virgo cluster to better understand star formation.
  • University of Calgary: dr. Denis Leahy will use the data to catalog individual hot stars and star clusters in M31 as well as to study the structure of the Hercules X-1 binary star system.
  • University of Alberta: dr. Erik Rosolowski map newly formed stars and their disruptive effect on star-forming dust clouds.

More information about the projects

Media representatives interested in speaking with a Canadian Space Agency expert or Canadian researchers can contact:



Canadian Space Agency

Dr Jean Dupuis, Senior Mission Scientist in Space Astronomy

Canadian Space Agency Media Relations Office


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University of Victoria

Dr. Patrick Coteadjunct associate professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy

Media Relations


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University of Calgary

Dr Denis LeahyProfessor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Faculty of Science

Erin Guiltenane


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University of Alberta

Dr. Erik RosolowskyAssociate Professor, Department of Physics, Faculty of Science

Sarah VernonCommunications Officer
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