As Dennis Overbye noted in his 2005 New York Times article, "Those nice people up north are taking over the Universe". In February 2005 Canada was ranked as the top country in the world in astronomy based on how often Canadian research papers are referred to by other astronomers. The study was published by the Institute for Scientific Information which tracks this kind of thing. The Canadian Astronomical Society issued a press release on this at their 2005 annual meeting in Montreal. Issuing a press release announcing "we're #1" is very un-Canadian but the truth is that Canadians are doing lots of great research and have built some of the world best telescopes and instruments. The latest article in the press noting Canada's ranking appeared on Canada Day.
In this blog I will try and keep you informed about the work of Canadian astronomers: their research, their new projects and their plans for really taking over the Universe.