• Discovering the closest habitable worlds: the grand planet survey

    SPIRou’s long awaited large planet survey will be debuting soon. This program will extent for a period of three to five years at the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope and will allow for the detection of planets orbiting 100…

  • Olivier Hernandez: the new director of the Planetarium Rio Tinto Alcan

    Olivier Hernandez, director of operations for the Observatoire du Mont-Mégantic and iREx coordinator, will start a new position as the director of the Planetarium Rio Tinto Alcan as of May 1st, 2018. M Hernandez had an important…

  • Our Trottier Summer Interns 2018

    iREx will be adding six new researchers to their ranks this summer as the Trottier summer interns team up with iREx researchers to tackle various projects related to the detection and study of exoplanets throughout the months…

  • My master thesis in 400 words: Jonathan St-Antoine

    Jonathan St-Antoine, an iREx student at Université de Montréal, finished his master degree in 2018. Here, he summarizes the principal research project he carried out  during his studies: In 2020, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)…

  • Astronomy on Tap – MTL (in French) – April 17th at 7:00PM

      Astronomy on Tap – MTL  in French will take place at Pub l’Île Noire, on April 17th, 7:00PM. Don’t miss it! Your speakers: Julie Bolduc-Duval, scientific communicator and director of Discover the Universe program. Nicolas Cowan,…

  • When do aging brown dwarfs sweep the clouds away?

    Brown dwarfs, the larger cousins of giant planets, undergo atmospheric changes from cloudy to cloudless as they age and cool. A team of astronomers led by Carnegie’s Jonathan Gagné measured for the first time the temperature…

  • Jason Rowe newly appointed Canada Research Chair in Exoplanet Astrophysics

    Jason Rowe, a professor at Bishop’s University and researcher of iREx, was newly appointed as Canada Research Chair in Exoplanet Astrophysics. This honour comes with an award of $100,000 annually for a period of five years,…

  • My master thesis in 400 words: David Berardo

    David Berardo, an iREx student at McGill University, finished his master degree in August 2017. Here he summarizes the research projects he carried out during his MSc. Gas giant planets such as Jupiter are some of…

  • A ‘hot Jupiter’ with unusual winds

    Puzzling finding raises new questions about atmospheric physics of giant planets The hottest point on a gaseous planet near a distant star isn’t where astrophysicists expected it to be – a discovery that challenges scientists’ understanding…

  • Planets around Other Stars are like Peas in a Pod

    Montreal, QC — An international research team led by Institute for research on exoplanets astrophysicist Lauren Weiss has discovered that exoplanets orbiting the same star tend to have similar sizes and a regular orbital spacing. This…

  • Two Super-Earths around the red dwarf K2-18

    Researchers find exciting potential for little-known exoplanet – and discover another planet in the process New research using data collected by the European Southern Observatory (ESO) has revealed that a little-known exoplanet called K2-18b could well…

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