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Dear Student,

I work in observational astronomy, particularly on nearby galaxies and star clusters. I especially like investigating the very oldest types of stars in galaxies, especially ones that are found in globular clusters and galactic halos. These objects give us a unique way of tracing what happened to the galaxies during their first, crucial formation period 10 to 12 billion years ago. In astrophysical terms, this is a route to connecting the detailed predictions from cosmological model theory to the real universe that we cannot do in any other way.

My students and colleagues get involved, like me, in analyzing and interpreting the raw data that we obtain from observatories like the Hubble Space Telescope, the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT), and the Gemini telescopes in Chile and Hawaii.  Travel to take part in astronomical society meetings and professional conferences is also an expected part of your educational experience here. You'll find that modern astronomy is a thoroughly international subject right from the start -- and one that Canada is an integral part of.

Our astrophysics group at McMaster is a very close-knit one. We work together. I welcome shared supervisions, such as with one of our theorists so that both observation and modelling can be carried out effectively. See my webpage for more, and please contact me at if you think this is a research area you might be interested in. This is a great group to be part of!

Bill Harris


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