• Trottier Postdoctoral Fellowship at iREx (2020) in Exoplanetary Astrophysics

    The Institute for Research on Exoplanets (iREx), affiliated with the physics department of the University of Montreal (UdeM), invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship in experimental, observational or theoretical astrophysics applied to the study of exoplanets….

  • Les grandes conférences de l’iREx – Dr Sarah Hörst

    The Institute for Research on Exoplanets invite you to the public lecture: Titan : 
Ingredients for Life by Sarah Hörst, assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University. Prof. Hörst is an expert on the formation and composition of…

  • Water detected on an exoplanet located in its star’s habitable zone

    An international study lead by Université de Montréal astronomer Björn Benneke has detected water vapour on the planet K2-18b; this represents a major discovery in the search of alien life. Ever since the discovery of the…

  • A lookback on the 2019 iREx summer internships

    As we get ready for the start of the new academic year, we would like to take a moment to look back at the fantastic work done by our 14 exceptional summer interns: a record number…

  • JWST completely assembled for the first time

    After being tested separately, the two halves of the James Webb Space Telescope have finally come together into a single piece for the first time since the project started. Engineers from Northrop Grumman in Redondo Beach,…

  • A Moon-themed day at the MIL campus

    The third edition of the astronomy-themed day at the campus MIL took place on July 21st. Titled astroMIL: the Moon, 50 years later, the event attracted over 700 people from 1 to 11pm and aimed to…

  • The iREx welcomes Eve Lee, new professor at McGill University

    Eve Lee, a specialist in the formation of planetary systems, joins McGill University’s Department of Physics and the McGill Space Institute as an Assistant Professor and becomes a regular member of iREx. She received her B.Sc….

  • The dark side of extrasolar planets share surprisingly similar temperatures

    A new study by McGill University astronomers has found that the temperature on the nightsides of different hot Jupiters is surprisingly uniform, suggesting the dark side of these massive gaseous planets have clouds made of minerals and rocks. Using data from the Spitzer Space and the Hubble Space telescopes, the researchers from the McGill Space Institute found that…

  • iREx astronomers determine Earth’s fingerprint in hopes of finding habitable planets beyond the Solar System

    Two iREx astronomers have assembled a “fingerprint” for Earth, which could be used to identify a planet beyond our Solar System capable of supporting life. McGill Physics student Evelyn Macdonald and her supervisor Prof. Nicolas Cowan…

  • Probing a new class of exoplanets

    An international team led by UdeM astronomer gets a clearer picture of what is likely the most abundant type of planet in the Universe. It was a daunting task that took five years and the accumulation…

  • astroMIL: the Moon, 50 years later

    The Institute for Research on Exoplanets and the Université de Montréal invite you to discover the new MIL Campus during this cosmic party that will be commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission and…

  • 9th edition of the Maunakea Graduate School

    Five Canadian graduate students had the chance to attend the Maunakea Graduate School (MKGS), which took place between April 2nd and 13th. Under the supervision of professional astronomers, the students were able to design scientific programs…

  • 24h of science : Astronomers visit elementary schools

    As part of the 24h de sciences, the Institute for Research on Exoplanets, in collaboration with the Centre for Research in Astrophysics of Quebec (CRAQ), proposed the activity “An Astronomer in your Classroom”. During the week…

  • Inaugural Sureau Bursary awarded

    2019 Sureau Fellow We are proud to announce that the first ever iREx Sureau Bursary has been awarded to Ariane Deslières, an undergraduate student at the University of Ottawa. Ariane, who was selected amongst a pool…

  • 2019 International Day of Astronomy

    Come and join the iREx and many other cosmic partners at the 2019 International Day of Astronomy organized by the Rio Tinto Alcan Montreal Planetarium and the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC). This event will…