First images for the NIRPS spectrograph

The NIRPS spectrograph, whose design is led by a team from the Observatoire du Mont-Mégantic (OMM), the Centre d’optique photonique et laser (COPL) and the Institute for Research on Exoplanets (iREx), in association with engineers from the NRC Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics, obtained its very first images in August…

TESS completes its first mission

NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) completed its first mission last July after two years of continuous sky observations. This telescope, which began its observations in July 2018, is, like its predecessor Kepler, quite the hunter…

René Doyon, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

The iREx is very pleased to announce that our Director, René Doyon, is now a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in the Academy of Sciences. The 2020 cohort of new members includes 87 individuals…

Lookback at our 2020 summer internships

As we get ready for the start of a new academic year, we would like to take a moment to look back at the fantastic work done by our 8 exceptional summer interns! Learn more about the…

astroMIL 2020: “Together under the same sky”

The fourth edition of our astronomy-themed event at the Université de Montréal’s MIL campus MIL was enjoyed from the comfort of our homes this year. The event took place on the evening of August 12th which…

Event : “La petite école de l’espace”

The Institute for Research on Exoplanets and Observatoire du Mont-Mégantic invites kids from 3 to 6 years old to “La petite école de l’espace” (in French). During these online events, astrophysicists Frédérique Baron and Marie-Eve Naud tell…

New MSc/PhD positions for 2021

The iREx invites students who would like to pursue a Master’s (M.Sc.) or a Doctorate (Ph.D.) in the field of exoplanets at the Université de Montréal or at one of the other home universities of iREx…

New launch date for Webb

NASA and its international partners, the Canadian Space Agency and the European Space Agency, are now targeting October 31 2021 for the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope. This seven-month delay, added to the previous…

Citizen scientists help discover two bizarre brown dwarfs in the Milky Way

Thanks to the help of citizen scientists, astronomers have confirmed the existence of two of the most unusual brown dwarfs in the Milky Way. Brown dwarfs form like stars, but are not massive enough to ignite…

Jonathan Gagné becomes the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium’s Scientific Advisor

Jonathan Gagné, a former Banting and Trottier postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Research on Exoplanets at the Université de Montréal, became a Scientific Advisor at Space for Life in May 2020, where he leads a…