iREx and COVID-19

#cavabienaller 🌈 Credit: NASA, ESA.

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 in Your Classroom contest for the 24h of Science event has been cancelled and the Astronomer for a Night contest is suspended until further notice.

COVID-19 is also impacting the James Webb Space Telescope. Testing and integration activities have been postponed to a later date. For more information, please consult the NASA statement on the matter.

The iREx team is taking a break however, on the contrary! Nathalie Ouellette, Coordinator, and Frédérique Baron, Scientific and Education and Outreach Coordinator are participating in numerous online family events. We invite you to meet them during the ‘Astro at Home‘ sessions organized by Discover the Universe.

Although Astronomy on Tap can no longer take place in a pub, we will now have Astronomy on Tap online! Join us on the iREx Facebook page on Wednesday April 8th at 7:30pm to talk about the Exoplanet Zoo with Étienne Artigau (in French)!

Astronomy on Tap HQ is also celebrating their 7th anniversary with a special international online edition of the event on Thursday, April 9th starting at 3PM (Eastern Time). Our Coordinator, Nathalie Ouellette, will be talking about the James Webb Space Telescope at 6PM (Eastern Time) from her living room. You can join us at!

We will see each other in person soon enough in person. In the meantime, wash your hands and take care of yourselves and your loved ones!