Two CRAQ researchers receive a major grant from the Schmidt Futures Foundation

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Laurence Perreault Levasseur and Yashar Hezaveh, both members of the Center for Research in Astrophysics of Quebec (CRAQ) and professors at the Université de Montréal, were awarded a $ 4 million grant by the Schmidt Futures…

Three CRAQ researchers participate in the discovery of a “surviving” planet, orbiting a white dwarf star

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An international team of astronomers using NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) and retired Spitzer Space Telescope has reported what may be the first intact planet found closely orbiting a white dwarf, the dense leftover of a Sun-like star, only…

René Doyon, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

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The iREx is very pleased to announce that our Director, René Doyon, is now a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in the Academy of Sciences. The 2020 cohort of new members includes 87 individuals…

Simon Blouin receives a PhD Prize from IAU

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Simon Blouin, who recently completed a doctoral thesis under the supervision of Professor Patrick Dufour, was awarded a PhD Prize from the “Stars and Stellar Physics” division of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) for the year…

Seeing the light: Professor Anthony Moffat and an international team of astronomers find new way novae light up the sky

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A nova, or stella nova the Latin word for “new star,” is an explosion which occurs on the surface of a star. The explosion produces an incredible amount of energy resulting in an increase in the…

Professor René Doyon receives the 2020 Dunlap Award from the Canadian Astronomical Society (CASCA)

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The Center for Research in Astrophysics of Quebec (CRAQ) congratulates René Doyon of the Université de Montréal, member of the CRAQ and director of the Observatoire du Mont-Mégantic (OMM) and the Institute for Research on Exoplanets…

Simon Blouin receives the 2020 Plaskett Medal

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The Canadian Astronomical Society (CASCA) and the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) awarded the J.S Plaskett Medal for 2020 to Simon Blouin for the best doctoral thesis in astrophysics in Canada. Simon Blouin completed his…

iREx wins inaugural FRQ DIALOGUE Award

This artist's conception illustrates the brown dwarf named 2MASSJ22282889-431026. NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes observed the object to learn more about its turbulent atmosphere. Brown dwarfs are more massive and hotter than planets but lack the mass required to become sizzling stars. Their atmospheres can be similar to the giant planet Jupiter's. 

Spitzer and Hubble simultaneously observed the object as it rotated every 1.4 hours. The results suggest wind-driven, planet-size clouds.

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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 to…