Jonathan Gagné becomes the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium’s Scientific Advisor

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Jonathan Gagné, a former Banting and Trottier postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Research on Exoplanets at the Université de Montréal, became a Scientific Advisor at Space for Life in May 2020, where he leads a…

A planet around the young star AU Microscopii

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Jonathan Gagné, collaborator of the Center for Research in Astrophysics of Quebec (CRAQ), former iREx Banting postdoctoral researcher and now Science Advisor at Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan, was involved in the discovery of a planet the…

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…

Julie Bolduc-Duval receives the 2020 Qilak Award from the Canadian Astronomical Society (CASCA)

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CRAQ member Julie Bolduc-Duval is the recipient of the CASCA Qilak Award in 2020. Julie Bolduc-Duval has worked in the field of education and public outreach of astronomy for almost 20 years. Her love for scientific…

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…

A fast radio burst tracked down to a nearby galaxy

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Astronomers in Europe, working with members of Canada’s CHIME Fast Radio Burst collaboration, have pinpointed the location of a repeating fast radio burst (FRB) first detected by the CHIME telescope in British Columbia in 2018. The…

Daryl Haggard wins 2020 Breakthrough Prize for Physics

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Daryl Haggard, assistant Professor in the Department of Physics at McGill University and member of the Center for Research in Astrophysics of Quebec (CRAQ) has been honoured for her contribution to the field physics as a…