• iREx and COVID-19

    The iREx follows 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. Astronomer in Your…

  • 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. Mitchell…

  • 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…

  • The End of the Spitzer Space Telescope

    The Spitzer Space Telescope’s mission ended on January 30, 2020, after scanning the Universe in the infrared for over 16 years. The discoveries made by this telescope have led to a better understanding of our Universe,…

  • A second planet in the closest extrasolar system to our Sun?

    A study published in Science magazine in January 2020 and led by Mario Damasso, an astrophysicist from INAF-Osservatorio Astrofisico di Torino in Italy, claims to have discovered a second low-mass planet around Proxima Centauri. Proxima Centauri…

  • A Lookback on TESS’s First Year

    NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) completed its first year of scientific observations between July 2018 and July 2019. More than 1100 candidate exoplanets in the vicinity of the Sun were discovered in the southern sky…

  • “Astronomer for a Night” Contest at the OMM – 2020 Edition

    **Due to COVID-19, this contest is suspended until further notice** Are you a high school student in the province of Quebec? The Observatoire du Mont-Mégantic, the Institute for Research on Exoplanets and the ASTROLab invite you to…

  • Astronomer in Your Classroom – 24h of Science

    **Due to COVID-19, Astronomer in Your Classrom has been cancelled. **   The Institute for Research on Exoplanets, in collaboration with the Centre de recherche en astrophysique du Québec (CRAQ), is organizing the “Astronomer in Your…

  • Maunakea Graduate School | June 2-13 2020

    Submit applications here by January 20th 2020. The Institute for Research on Exoplanets (iREx) is proud to announce the 2020 competition for the Maunakea Graduate School in Astronomy (MKGS). The MKGS presents an opportunity for six graduate students in…

  • My master thesis in 400 words : Dominic Couture

    Dominic Couture, an iREx student at Université de Montréal, finished his master degree in 2019. Here, he summarizes the research project he carried out during his studies:   Young moving groups (YMG) are associations of stars,…

  • A star has left us

    On November 1, Gilles Fontaine, professor in the Départment de physique at the Université de Montréal and a member of the Institut for research on exoplanets, passed away. Gilles Fontaine was a specialist in the study…