The dark side of extrasolar planets share surprisingly similar temperatures

A new study by McGill University astronomers has found that the temperature on the nightsides of different hot Jupiters is surprisingly uniform, suggesting the dark side of these massive gaseous planets have clouds made of minerals and rocks. Using data from the Spitzer Space and the Hubble Space telescopes, the researchers from the McGill Space Institute found that…

iREx astronomers determine Earth’s fingerprint in hopes of finding habitable planets beyond the Solar System

Two iREx astronomers have assembled a “fingerprint” for Earth, which could be used to identify a planet beyond our Solar System capable of supporting life. McGill Physics student Evelyn Macdonald and her supervisor Prof. Nicolas Cowan…

Probing a new class of exoplanets

An international team led by UdeM astronomer gets a clearer picture of what is likely the most abundant type of planet in the Universe. It was a daunting task that took five years and the accumulation…

astroMIL: the Moon, 50 years later

The Institute for Research on Exoplanets and the Université de Montréal invite you to discover the new MIL Campus during this cosmic party that will be commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission and…

9th edition of the Maunakea Graduate School

Five Canadian graduate students had the chance to attend the Maunakea Graduate School (MKGS), which took place between April 2nd and 13th. Under the supervision of professional astronomers, the students were able to design scientific programs…

24h of science : Astronomers visit elementary schools

As part of the 24h de sciences, the Institute for Research on Exoplanets, in collaboration with the Centre for Research in Astrophysics of Quebec (CRAQ), proposed the activity “An Astronomer in your Classroom”. During the week…

Inaugural Sureau Bursary awarded

2019 Sureau Fellow We are proud to announce that the first ever iREx Sureau Bursary has been awarded to Ariane Deslières, an undergraduate student at the University of Ottawa. Ariane, who was selected amongst a pool…

2019 International Day of Astronomy

Come and join the iREx and many other cosmic partners at the 2019 International Day of Astronomy organized by the Rio Tinto Alcan Montreal Planetarium and the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC). This event will…

Astronomy on Tap – MTL (in French) – May 28th at 7:00PM

Astronomy on Tap – MTL  in French will take place at Pub l’Île Noire, on May 28th, 7:00PM. Don’t miss it! Your speakers: Mohamad Ali-Dib, postdoctoral researcher at the Université de Montréal Anne Boucher, Ph.D. student at…

Jason Rowe wins the 2019 Emerging Scholar Award at Bishop’s University

Bishop’s University just announced that iREx member Prof. Jason Rowe has been awarded the 2019 Emerging Scholar award. The Emerging Scholar awards recognise outstanding researchers and creators whose work has made a significant impact on their disciplines…