• A new educational project on exoplanets thanks to the NovaScience program

    Thanks to a grant from the Ministère de l’Économie et de l’Innovation‘s NovaScience program, the Institute for Research on Exoplanets (iREx) and its partners are developing new educational resources as part of a project titled “Exoplanets:…

  • My master thesis in 400 words: Déreck-Alexandre Lizotte

    Déreck-Alexandre Lizotte, étudiant à l’iREx à l’Université Bishop’s, a soumis son mémoire de maîtrise au début de l’année 2021. Il résume ici le projet de recherche qu’il a mené dans le cadre de sa maîtrise. As…

  • Caroline Piaulet receives an Engagement Scholarship from the Université de Montréal

    Caroline Piaulet, a PhD student at the Université de Montréal, has been awarded an engagement scholarship (Bourses d’engagement de la Faculté des arts et des sciences) for the year 2020-2021. This scholarship recognises her exceptional involvement…

  • La petite école de l’espace is back on May 22, 2021!

    Marie-Eve and Frédérique will be happy to see your children again at the Petite école de l’espace on Saturday, May 22 from 10:00 am to 10:30 am! During this online event, astrophysicists Frédérique Baron and Marie-Eve Naud tell space-themed stories and…

  • Moon Hunt

    During the month of April, participate in our Moon Hunt! Complete the different missions to collect points and you could win prizes! This activity is aimed at kids and their families. Deadline: May 5th 2021 Limited…

  • Astronomers uncover mysterious origins of ‘super-Earths’

    Study shows super-Earths are not leftovers of mini-Neptunes, challenging our understanding of planetary formation Mini-Neptunes and super-Earths up to four times the size of our own are the most common exoplanets orbiting stars beyond our solar…

  • Final tests for Webb’s sunshield

    Despite some minor delays in the project, the James Webb Space Telescope achieved several important milestones in 2020. One of the most important of these was the complete and successful extension of the observatory’s enormous sunshield….

  • My time at iREx – Mohamad Ali-Dib

    Mohamad Ali-Dib, the Trottier 2018 postdoctoral fellow at the Université de Montréal, joined the iREx in January 2019. At the end of 2020, he left iREx to pursue his career at the Center for Astro, Particle,…

  • Astronomer in Your Classroom – 24h of Science

    The Institute for Research on Exoplanets, in collaboration with the Centre de recherche en astrophysique du Québec (CRAQ) and the Observatoire du Mont-Mégantic, is organizing the “Astronomer in Your Virtual Classroom” activity within the framework of…

  • SPIRou stares at a young rebel: the AU Mic planetary system

    SPIRou, the new high-precision infrared spectropolarimeter recently installed at the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, has measured for the first time the mass and density of a Neptune-like planet in close orbit around a very young and extremely active…

  • My master thesis in 400 words: Frédéric Genest

    Frédéric Genest, an iREx student studying at the Université de Montréal, submitted his master’s thesis at the end of 2020. He summarizes here the research project he conducted as part of his master’s thesis. There are…

  • 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…