• À la découverte des mondes extraterrestres – 24h de science

    As part of the “24 hours of science” event organised by Science pour tous, the Institute for Research on Exoplanets (iREx) and the Centre for Research in Astrophysics of Quebec (CRAQ) invite you to discover extraterrestrial…

  • 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,…

  • My Master Thesis in 400 Words: Benjamin Leblanc

    Benjamin Leblanc, an iREx student at Bishop’s University, submitted his M.Sc. thesis in the Winter of 2021. He summarises the research projects he conducted as part of his Master’s degree here. Seismology has been used since…

  • Exoplanets in schools: try our activities!

    One year has passed since the beginning of our “Exoplanets in schools” project, whose objective is to create educational resources on exoplanets and the search for life for elementary and secondary school staff in Quebec. Since…

  • Jonathan Gagné awarded an NSERC Discovery Grant

    Jonathan Gagné, iREx associate member, Scientific Advisor at the Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan (Space for Life) and Adjunct Professor at the Université de Montréal, has been awarded a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada…

  • New insights into seasons on a planet outside our solar system

    Observations of a hot Jupiter may also advance our understanding of planet origins and evolution Imagine being in a place where the winds are so strong that they move at the speed of sound. That’s just…

  • Webb has arrived in Kourou!

    On October 12th, the James Webb Space Telescope moved one step closer to its final destination, arriving safely in Kourou, French Guiana, from where it will soon be launched into space. Its journey began in California,…

  • A brown dwarf detected near a low-mass star

    An international team led by researchers from the Institute for Research on Exoplanets has discovered a brown dwarf near a small star called TOI-1278. Although they are relatively easy to discover, few such systems have been…

  • Myriam Prasow-Émond wins first prize in a poster exhibition

    On Wednesday, October 20th, a special event, the “Journée 100 ans de physique” was held at the campus MIL, to celebrate the centennial of the Department of Physics of the Université de Montréal. During this day,…