Future space observatory named after NASA pioneer Nancy Grace Roman

On May 20, NASA announced that the space telescope known as WFIRST (Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope) will be renamed to highlight the contributions to astrophysics made by Nancy Grace Roman. The Nancy Grace Roman Space…

Discovering an exoplanet the size of Neptune

Astrophysicists detect the orb hidden in the dust and gas debris around the young star AU Microscopii An exoplanet the size of Neptune has been discovered around the young star AU Microscopii, thanks in part to…

Our statement on racial injustice

The mission of our Institute is not only of a scientific nature, but also of a human nature. Current events related to police brutality and systemic racism taking place in the United States, Canada and elsewhere…

SPIRou at La preuve par l’image

An image submitted by Étienne Artigau, a researcher from iREx, was selected by the jury of the contest La preuve par l’image of the Association francophone pour le savoir (Acfas) to be among the twenty finalist…

My master thesis in 400 words : Jonathan Chan

Jonathan Chan, an iREx student at Université de Montréal, finished his master degree in 2020. Here, he summarizes the research project he carried out during his studies: The TRAPPIST-1 system presents us with a unique opportunity…

iREx and COVID-19

The iREx is following the recommendations of the government and the Université de Montréal to limit the spread of COVID-19. As such, all in-person activities conducted by the iREx are cancelled until further notice. The Astronomer…

Meet our 2020 Summer Interns

The iREx team is very pleased to present our 2020 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. Due to…

Iron Rain on WASP-76b

A team of researchers led by David Ehrenreich of the Observatoire astronomique de l’Université de Genève has discovered iron rain on the exoplanet WAPS-76b. An article published in March 2020 in the journal Nature presented the…

CASCA Awards 2020

The Institute for Research on Exoplanets is proud to announce that René Doyon, Director of iREx and Professor at the Université de Montréal, is the recipient of the Canadian Astronomical Society’s Dunlap Award for Innovation in…

iREx wins inaugural FRQ DIALOGUE Award

We are very pleased to announce that the iREx has been selected for a DIALOGUE – Researcher Award from the Fonds de recherche du Québec! The DIALOGUE – Researcher program is designed to encourage Quebec researchers…