Lookback at our 2022 summer internships

It’s already September and the summer internships at iREx have come to an end. After having presented their main results to their iREx colleagues and a few guests on August 24, it’s time for our 10…

My Thesis in 400 Words: Lisa Dang

Lisa Dang, an iREx student at McGill University, submitted her thesis in the summer of 2022. Here she summarises the research projects she conducted as part of her Ph.D. Studying the climate of distant exoplanets with…

The NIRPS Spectrograph – Interview with our astronomers

The Near InfraRed Planet Searcher (NIRPS) is an instrument that was recently installed at the 3.6-metre telescope at the La Silla Observatory in Chile. Its design was carried out by an international collaboration led by the…

My time at iREx – James Sikora

James Sikora, a postdoctoral fellow at Bishop’s University, joined the iREx in September 2019. In September 2022, he left iREx to pursue his career as a postdoc at the Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy at the…

InitiaSciences stands out at the Défi OSEntreprendre

Earlier this year, we were thrilled to learn that the InitiaSciences team won the regional section of the Défi OSEntreprendre Montréal for the project “Initier les jeunes à la recherche scientifique” (Initiating young people to scientific…

Detecting exoplanets with one of the most powerful instruments ever designed – Interview with Romain Allart

Last February, the European Southern Observatory (ESO) announced the discovery of a small exoplanet around the nearest star to the Solar System, Proxima Centauri. This discovery was made possible by ESPRESSO, an instrument installed a few…

Webb’s dazzling first images are just the beginning

To mark the release of the Webb Telescope’s first images over the Summer of 2022, our Deputy Director Nathalie Ouellette, who is also the Outreach Scientist for Webb in Canada, reflects on what this mission means…

Invite an iREx astrophysicist to visit your library in September

As part of Science Literacy Week that takes place between September 19 and 25th, 2022, astrophysicists from the Institute for research on exoplanets are available to visit your library! In our presentation, you will learn about the…

Signs of CO2 in a planet beyond our Solar System

Showing how precise it can be, the James Webb Space Telescope detects the first definitive carbon dioxide signature in an exoplanet atmosphere.   In a remarkable display of its precision and accuracy, the James Webb Space…

An extrasolar world covered in water?

With the help of instruments designed partly in Canada, a team of Université de Montréal astronomers have discovered an exoplanet that could be completely covered in water, a target they hope to observe with the Webb…