This year, we’ve made some changes to the 2024 competition dates and rules. Please see the description under each competition and the contest dates for the current academic year.
The format of the CAAO Senior is similar to that of last year. We will make some adjustments to the question types.
Date: March 2–9, 2024
CAAO Senior Camp
The training camp is for students who have performed well on the CAAO Senior. We have moved the date of the camp to March 2024 as well. Unlike last year, the IOAA team will be formed based on the CAAO results instead of the camp exam results.
Date: March 29–31, 2024. This date is subject to change depending on the location availability.
Last year, we hosted the CAC Sr. and CAC Jr. This year, we will only host one CAC for students in Grade 10 and lower.
Date: Friday, April 26
We will introduce a new Olympiad competition for students in aged 15 and under. This is the team selection exam for the IOAA Jr. and IAO Jr. competitions.
Date: May 24–31, 2024
CAAO Junior Camp
The training camp is for students who have performed well on the CAAO Junior.
We are thrilled to announce Team Canada's returned from the 16th IOAA held in Chorzów, Poland, decorated with three medals: gold, silver, and bronze.
Their collective effort has truly showcased the talent Canada brings to the international stage, and each one of them deserves our admiration and gratitude.
We would like to express our sincere appreciation to McMaster University's Planetarium for their generous support. Your support is essential to help us bringing astronomy and astrophysics education to more students across Canada.
We would like to express our sincere appreciation to Perimeter Institute for their generous support. Your support is essential to help us bringing astronomy and astrophysics education to more students across Canada.
A mere 46 million light-years distant, spiral galaxy NGC 2841 can be found in the northern constellation of Ursa Major. This deep view of the gorgeous island universe was captured during 32 clear nights in November, December 2021 and January 2022. It shows off a striking yellow nucleus, galactic disk, and faint outer regions. Dust lanes, small star-forming regions, and young star clusters are embedded in the patchy, tightly wound spiral arms. In contrast, many other spirals exhibit grand, sweeping arms with large star-forming regions. NGC 2841 has a diameter of over 150,000 light-years, even larger than our own Milky Way. X-ray images suggest that resulting winds and stellar explosions create plumes of hot gas extending into a halo around NGC 2841. via NASA https://ift.tt/mSNa6DC
What are these two bands in the sky? The more commonly seen band is the one on the right and is the central band of our Milky Way galaxy. Our Sun orbits in the disk of this spiral galaxy, so that from inside, this disk appears as a band of comparable brightness all the way around the sky. The Milky Way band can also be seen all year -- if out away from city lights. The less commonly seem band, on the left, is zodiacal light -- sunlight reflected from dust orbiting the Sun in our Solar System. Zodiacal light is brightest near the Sun and so is best seen just before sunrise or just after sunset. On some evenings in the north, particularly during the months of March and April, this ribbon of zodiacal light can appear quite prominent after sunset. It was determined only this century that zodiacal dust was mostly expelled by comets that have passed near Jupiter. Only on certain times of the year will the two bands be seen side by side, in parts of the sky, like this. The featured image, including the Andromeda galaxy and a meteor, was captured in late January over a frozen lake in Kanding, Sichuan, China. via NASA https://ift.tt/cryfIHk