• Citizen scientists help discover two bizarre brown dwarfs in the Milky Way

    Thanks to the help of citizen scientists, astronomers have confirmed the existence of two of the most unusual brown dwarfs in the Milky Way. Brown dwarfs form like stars, but are not massive enough to ignite…

  • Jonathan Gagné becomes the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium’s Scientific Advisor

    Jonathan Gagné, a former Banting and Trottier postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Research on Exoplanets at the Université de Montréal, became a Scientific Advisor at Space for Life in May 2020, where he leads a…

  • Future space observatory named after NASA pioneer Nancy Grace Roman

    On May 20, NASA announced that the space telescope known as WFIRST (Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope) will be renamed to highlight the contributions to astrophysics made by Nancy Grace Roman. The Nancy Grace Roman Space…

  • Event : “La petite école de l’espace”

    The Institute for Research on Exoplanets invites kids from 3 to 6 years old to “La petite école de l’espace” (in French). During this online event, which will be held on Saturday July 11th from 10:00…

  • Discovering an exoplanet the size of Neptune

    Astrophysicists detect the orb hidden in the dust and gas debris around the young star AU Microscopii An exoplanet the size of Neptune has been discovered around the young star AU Microscopii, thanks in part to…

  • Our statement on racial injustice

    The mission of our Institute is not only of a scientific nature, but also of a human nature. Current events related to police brutality and systemic racism taking place in the United States, Canada and elsewhere…

  • SPIRou at La preuve par l’image

    An image submitted by Étienne Artigau, a researcher from iREx, was selected by the jury of the contest La preuve par l’image of the Association francophone pour le savoir (Acfas) to be among the twenty finalist…

  • My master thesis in 400 words : Jonathan Chan

    Jonathan Chan, an iREx student at Université de Montréal, finished his master degree in 2020. Here, he summarizes the research project he carried out during his studies: The TRAPPIST-1 system presents us with a unique opportunity…

  • iREx and COVID-19

    The iREx is following the recommendations of the government and the Université de Montréal to limit the spread of COVID-19. As such, all in-person activities conducted by the iREx are cancelled until further notice. The Astronomer…

  • Meet our 2020 Summer Interns

    The iREx team is very pleased to present our 2020 summer interns! They will be joining us in early May and will be working on a variety of projects with our researchers until late August. Due to…

  • A second moon for the Earth?

    On February 15, 2020, a team of astrophysicists uncovered a small, fast-moving object on the detector of the 1.5m telescope at the summit of Mount Lemmon, Arizona. The telescope is part of a group of three…

  • Iron Rain on WASP-76b

    A team of researchers led by David Ehrenreich of the Observatoire astronomique de l’Université de Genève has discovered iron rain on the exoplanet WAPS-76b. An article published in March 2020 in the journal Nature presented the…

  • CASCA Awards 2020

    The Institute for Research on Exoplanets is proud to announce that René Doyon, Director of iREx and Professor at the Université de Montréal, is the recipient of the Canadian Astronomical Society’s Dunlap Award for Innovation in…

  • iREx wins inaugural FRQ DIALOGUE Award

    We are very pleased to announce that the iREx has been selected for a DIALOGUE – Researcher Award from the Fonds de recherche du Québec! The DIALOGUE – Researcher program is designed to encourage Quebec researchers…

  • JWST Call for Proposals Announced

    With the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) still planned for the year 2021, the call for telescope time proposals for Cycle 1 of the mission has just been announced. Thanks to its contribution…