• Scientists Solve the Mystery of Blinking Brown Dwarfs

    Dim objects called brown dwarfs, less massive than the Sun but more massive than Jupiter, have powerful winds and clouds — specifically, hot patchy clouds made of iron droplets and silicate dust. Scientists recently realized these…

  • 21 August 2017: See the Solar Eclipse at Université de Montréal

    A rare celestial event will take place on Monday, August 21 while the Sun, Moon and Earth will be aligned. The Moon will pass between the Sun and us and will mask the light of our…

  • Contest: Win an observation night at Observatoire du Mont-Mégantic!

    Are you a high school student? The Observatoire du Mont-Mégantic and the Institute for research in exoplanets invite you to spend a night at the telescope of Observatoire du Mont-Mégantic, with astronomers who will introduce you to their…

  • Les grandes conférences de l’iREx – Dr Victoria Meadows

    The Institute for research on exoplanets invite you to the public lecture NASA’s Search for Life Beyond the Solar System (en anglais) by Victoria Meadows, Professor of Astronomy and the Director of the Astrobiology Program at the…

  • Boyajian Star, an unresolved mystery

    Few stars have sparked the curiosity of astronomers and the general public as much as KIC 8462852. Commonly known as Tabby’s Star or Boyajian’s Star, in honor of the American astronomer, Tabetha S. Boyajian, this unique…

  • Jason Rowe, a new professor at Bishop’s University

    On July 1st, 2017, Jason Rowe has joined Bishop’s University, as Assistant Professor in the Physics & Astronomy Department. He has varied research interests related to the study of the properties, statistics and occurrence of exoplanets, and…

  • Over 50 participants at the CRAQ Summer School 2017

    From 12 to 14 June 2017, students and researchers of iREx participated to the Center for research in astrophysics of Quebec (CRAQ) Summer school. The school takes place every year with a new theme. It is…

  • New Branch in Family Tree of Exoplanets Discovered

     Since the mid-1990s, when the first planet around another sun-like star was discovered, astronomers have been amassing what is now a large collection of exoplanets—nearly 3,500 have been confirmed so far. In a new Caltech-led study,…

  • Our Trottier Summer Interns 2017

    iREx will count 6 new researchers this summer. The Trottier summer interns will work from May to August with iREx researchers. These undergraduate students were selected among more than 20 applicants from all over Canada. To…

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  • Exoplanet

    An exoplanet, or extrasolar planet, is an object orbiting another star than our Sun. If such definition seems deceptively simple, the current state of the research is driven by the search of a more refined and…