It's great to know that some of the great women in astronomy and science today, live right here in Canada.
One of those, is Astrophysicist Vicki Kaspi of McGill University, in Montreal Canada.
She just won the $100,000 Killam prize which is awarded by the Canada Council for the arts, for academic
Among her achievements she also happens to be a leading authority on magnetars, which have shed light on how stars evolve
and how they die in the supernova explosions that produce pulsars.
Notably, Vicki Kaspi is McGill’s Canada Research Chair in Observational Astrophysics.
Now you don't have to be the next Einstein in the hobby of amateur astronomy.
In fact, many discoveries are made by amateur astronomers on a regular basis.
From Comet's to Supernovaes and all kinds of stuff inbetween.
With access to equipment today, and the time to use it, many research projects are possible
and everyday, amateurs around the world are doing science and research.
And mostly from their backyards.
We've come a long way, baby!
PS There is still a lot we don't know about the Sun, but this new instrument from our friends at Lunt Solar Systems
will certainly allow more amateurs to gain access.