TESS, the Planet Hunter

The hunt for exoplanets continues! The number of discovered exoplanets has now reached over 4000, yet there are many more waiting to be unveiled. TESS, a NASA mission, will probe the stars closest to the Sun…

Meet our 2019 Summer Interns

The iREx team is very pleased to present our 2019 summer interns! They will be joining us in early May and will be working on a variety of projects with our researchers until late August. Simon…

Nicolas Cowan awarded CASCA’s 2019 Harvey B. Richer Gold Medal

Nicolas Cowan, professor at McGill University and member of iREx, is the recipient of the 2019 Harvey B. Richer Gold Medal. This Canadian Astronomical Society (CASCA) medal is awarded every two years in recognition of major contributions by a…

Astronomy on Tap – MTL (in French) – March 26th at 7:00PM

Astronomy on Tap – MTL  in French will take place at Pub l’Île Noire, on March 26th, 7:00PM. Don’t miss it! Your speakers: Émilie Parent, Ph.D. student at McGill University Annabelle Richard-Laferrière, M.Sc. student at the Université…

Too much sodium turns a star blue

An international team of astrophysicists, led by researchers from the Université de Montréal, has identified a star on which a sodium-rich asteroid has crashed, drastically transforming its apparent color. These results raise many questions about the…

All systems go for exo-Earth hunter SPIRou

Nine months after capturing its first images from atop Maunakea in Hawaii, the scientific instrument SPIRou (SpectroPolarimètre InfraRouge) got the green light to begin its first scientific observation campaign at the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT). The instrument was…

“Astronomer for a Night” Contest at the OMM – 2019 Edition

Are you a high school student? The Observatoire du Mont-Mégantic, the Institute for Research on Exoplanets and the ASTROLab invite you to spend a night at the Observatoire du Mont-Mégantic’s telescope with astronomers who will introduce you to…

Rendez-vous with 2014 MU69

Journey to Pluto It took nearly a decade for the New Horizons probe to reach its main target, Pluto, but it was certainly worth it! For the longest time, Pluto was a very mysterious world that…

Planet 9

Since November 2018, the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium in Montreal has been showing “Planet 9”. This show describes the search for a ninth planet located on the outskirts of our Solar System by astrophysicist Mike Brown….

iREx at the AAS

The American Astronomical Society holds two annual meetings where astronomers from around the globe get together. Their Winter Meeting, commonly called the “Super Bowl of Astronomy” welcomes upwards of 3,000 astronomers who want to talk about…