• Soirée d’initiation à la recherche en astrophysique

    L’Institut de recherche sur les exoplanètes, en collaboration avec le département de physique de l’Université de Montréal et le Centre de recherche en astrophysique du Québec organise la Soirée d’initiation à la recherche en astrophysique, une…

  • A ‘super-puff’ planet like no other

    A University of Montreal-led team of astronomers discovers that the core mass of exoplanet WASP-107b is much lower than previously thought possible for a gas-giant planet. The core mass of the giant exoplanet WASP-107b is much…

  • Look up Challenge!

    JOIN THE #LOOKUPCHALLENGE HERE! The holidays will undoubtedly be different this year. You may not be able to see all your loved ones… but you will all be under the same sky! The institute partners with…

  • Jonathan Gagné joins iREx as an Associate Member

    Jonathan Gagné, a Scientific Advisor at the Rio Tinto Alcan Montreal Planetarium with Space for Life became an Adjunct Professor with the Department of Physics at the Université de Montréal in September 2020. We are thus thrilled to…

  • Supersonic winds, rocky rains forecasted on lava planet

    “Rocky” weather could change the surface and atmosphere over time on exoplanet K2-141b Among the most extreme planets discovered beyond the edges of our solar system are lava planets: fiery hot worlds that circle so close…

  • Towards a better understanding of the β Pictoris system

    Recent work led by Thomas Vandal, an iREx master’s student at the Université de Montréal under the supervision of René Doyon, succeeded in constraining the physical characteristics of the planets around Beta Pictoris using a new…

  • My master thesis in 400 words : Raphaël Hardy

    Raphaël Hardy, 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: Hot Jupiters are exoplanets with unique features. Due to…

  • My master thesis in 400 words : Charles Cadieux

    Charles Cadieux, 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 many detections of Kepler and its extended mission…

  • Interview with professors Björn Benneke and Nicolas Cowan on LTT 9779 b, a special hot Neptune

    LTT 9779 b is an exoplanet the size of Neptune and very close to its star. It was discovered recently thanks to NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) space telescope. Two iREx researchers, Professors Björn Benneke…

  • 2021 Trottier Excellence Grants for Summer Interns

    The Institute for Research on Exoplanets (iREx), affiliated with the Department of Physics of the Université de Montréal (UdeM), is calling for applications from undergraduate students to the 2021 Trottier Excellence Grants for Summer Interns. Apply here:…

  • 2020 Grandes conférences de l’iREx – Finding an Alien Biosphere… on Venus?

    Extraterrestrial life… on Venus?? Join us for the 2020 Grande conference de l’iREx to learn all about the recent discovery of phosphine, a potential biosignature, in the atmosphere of Venus. The talk will take place online…

  • JWST Postdoctoral Fellowship (2021)

    The Institute for Research on Exoplanets (iREx), affiliated with the Department of Physics at the Université de Montréal, is seeking applications for a postdoctoral position to join the NIRISS instrument team for the James Webb Space…

  • Trottier Postdoctoral Fellowship (2021)

    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….

  • First images for the NIRPS spectrograph

    The NIRPS spectrograph, whose design is led by a team from the Observatoire du Mont-Mégantic (OMM), the Centre d’optique photonique et laser (COPL) and the Institute for Research on Exoplanets (iREx), in association with engineers from the NRC Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics, obtained its very first images in August…

  • TESS completes its first mission

    NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) completed its first mission last July after two years of continuous sky observations. This telescope, which began its observations in July 2018, is, like its predecessor Kepler, quite the hunter…