• LHS 1140b, another world to study with the Webb Telescope

    An exoplanet a bit bigger and more massive than the Earth was just detected in the habitable zone of its parent star, which is located 41 light-years away. It was possible to measure both the mass…

  • David Lafrenière, recipient of the CASCA Harvey B. Richer Gold Medal

    David Lafrenière, professor at Université de Montréal and member of iREx, is the recipient of the Harvey B. Richer Gold Medal. This Canadian Astronomical Society (CASCA) medal is awarded every two years, and for the first time in…

  • Astronomy on Tap – MTL (in French) – April 25th at 7:00PM

    The second edition of Astronomy on Tap – MTL  in French will take place April 25th at 7:00PM. Don’t miss it! April 25th, in French, at Pub l’Île Noire, 7:00PM Chérie, j’ai réduit l’Univers! par Loïc Albert Les planètes TRAPPIST-1:…

  • Marie-Eve Naud, the new Scientific and EPO Coordinator of iREx

    In January 2017, iREx had the pleasure to welcome Marie-Eve Naud in his team. Marie-Eve is the new Scientific and Education Public Outreach (EPO) Coordinator of iREx. She just finished her PhD in astrophysics at Université de Montréal with René…

  • Hunting for giant planet analogs in our own backyard

    There may be a large number of undetected bright, substellar objects similar to giant exoplanets in our own solar neighborhood, according to new work from a team led by Carnegie’s Jonathan Gagné and including researchers from…

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  • Seven Earth-sized planets around the ultra-cool dwarf TRAPPIST-1

    About a year ago, the discovery of 3 Earth-sized planets orbiting the very cold star TRAPPIST-1 stirred excitement in the astronomical community. At a distance of forty light-years, this star is among our nearest celestial neighbours….

  • Massive comet-like object pollutes the atmosphere of a white dwarf

    Scientists have witnessed, for the first time, a massive, comet-like object being ripped apart and scattered in the atmosphere of a white dwarf, the burned-out remains of a sun-like star. The destroyed object had a chemical…

  • Meet five new graduate students of iREx

    Many new members are joining iREx in 2016-2017. Among them, four new MSc students and one new PhD student. Learn more about their biography and their research projects below: Lisa Dang, who started a MSc in September…

  • CRAQ Summer School 2017 “Exoplanet Atmospheres”

    iREx is collaborating to organize this year’s edition of the Centre for Research in Astrophysics of Quebec (CRAQ) Summer School on Exoplanet Atmospheres. The school will take place June 12-14th, in Montreal. Instructors : René Doyon…

  • Exoplanet

    An exoplanet, or extrasolar planet, is an object orbiting another star than our Sun. If such definition seems deceptively simple, the current state of the research is driven by the search of a more refined and…