• Nicolas Cowan, Finalist for the 2021 Relève scientifique Prize

    Nicolas Cowan, Professor at McGill University and a member of both iREx and the McGill Space Institute, is one of the finalists for the Relève Scientifique du Québec 2021 Prize, an award which aims to highlight…

  • My Thesis in 400 Words: Myriam Prasow-Émond

    Myriam Prasow-Émond, an iREx student at the Université de Montréal, submitted her Master’s thesis in the Spring of 2022. She summarises the research projects she conducted as part of her Master’s degree here. When the very…

  • My Thesis in 400 Words: Anne Boucher

    Anne Boucher, an iREx student at the Université de Montréal, submitted her doctoral thesis at the end of 2021. She summarises the research project she carried out as part of her Ph.D here. During my Ph.D.,…

  • Countdown to Webb’s First Images

    The commissioning of the James Webb Space Telescope is nearly over. The sunshield, mirrors, instruments and all of Webb’s other components are nearly ready to begin the observatory’s long-awaited science operations! This historic moment will finally…

  • Two iREx members winners of Excelle Science awards

    The Chapeau, les filles! competition and its Excellence Science award ceremony was held on June 20 by the Ministère de l’éducation du Québec. Among the 67 winners were two iREx members: Érika Le Bourdais and Leslie Moranta….

  • iREx members stand out for the quality of their teaching!

    As part of the 2021–2022 edition of the Petit Nobel Competition organised within the Université de Montréal’s Physics Department, the teaching qualities of four Institute for Research on Exoplanets members were highlighted. David Lafrenière won 3rd…

  • Welcome to our 2022 summer interns

    Once again, iREx members are pleased to welcome this year’s cohort of summer students who will be working with us. These students enrolled in physics and astrophysics programs come from various universities across Canada. Most of…

  • A new planet hunter awakens: NIRPS instrument sees first light

    The Near InfraRed Planet Searcher (NIRPS) instrument, developed in part at the Université de Montréal and the Université Laval, has successfully performed its first observations. Mounted on ESO’s 3.6-m telescope at the La Silla Observatory in…

  • NIRPS gets prepped in Chile

    The NIRPS team has been hard at work for the past few months. This instrument set to detect and study exoplanets using the radial velocity method has finally arrived at its new home, the European Southern…

  • Webb’s Mirror is Aligned!

    The Webb Telescope’s commissioning has been progressing remarkably well since the space observatory arrived at its final destination, 1.5 million kilometres from Earth, fully unfolded in late January. As its instruments have turned on and its…

  • Eve Lee wins the Annie Jump Cannon 2022 Award

    Eve Lee, a McGill University professor and iREx member, has received the 2022 Annie Jump Cannon Award in Astronomy from the American Astronomical Society. The award recognizes her work on the formation of stars, debris disks…

  • Myriam Prasow-Émond receives a scholarship to pursue her Ph.D. studies in England

    Myriam Prasow-Émond, M.Sc. student and member of iREx and the X-TRA Group, has been awarded a scholarship from Imperial College London to pursue her Ph.D., starting in September 2022. Myriam completed a B.Sc. in Physics at…

  • Metal clouds found on the hot Jupiter WASP-121 b using the Hubble Space Telescope

    Astronomers explore the unusual atmospheric conditions of a hot exoplanet An international group of astronomers which includes Jake Taylor, a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute for Research on Exoplanets, has made the first detailed measurement of…

  • Webb and iREx members in the news!

    After twenty years of work, the Webb Telescope team finally saw their observatory launch into space on December 25th. As expected, this event attracted a lot of media interest. The telescope and many iREx researchers who…

  • Webb Launched and Safely Arrived at L2

    After decades of work, development and testing, the James Webb Space Telescope was finally launched into space aboard an Ariane 5 rocket on Christmas morning, December 25 2021 at 7:20 AM (Eastern). Since that magical moment,…