Supersonic winds, rocky rains forecasted on lava planet

News “Rocky” weather could change the surface and atmosphere over time on exoplanet K2-141b PUBLISHED: 3NOV2020 Image by Julie Roussy, McGill Graphic Design and Getty Images. Among the most extreme planets discovered beyond the edges of our solar system are lava planets: fiery hot worlds that circle so close to their host star that some regions […]

Astronomers uncover mysterious origins of ‘super-Earths’

Study shows super-Earths are not leftovers of mini-Neptunes, challenging our understanding of planetary formation PUBLISHED: 10FEB2021 Image by ESO/M. Kornmesser. Mini-Neptunes and super-Earths up to four times the size of our own are the most common exoplanets orbiting stars beyond our solar system. Until now, super-Earths were thought to be the rocky cores of mini-Neptunes whose […]

May 2021 TEPS Seminar - May 12th @ 2PM ET

Date & Time: Wednesday, May 12th, 2021 @ 2pm ET Location: Zoom - Meeting ID: 944 7637 3440 Passcode: 798189 Featured Speakers: Peter Keum, Akash Chauhan Peter Keum Peter Keum is MSc candidate at York and a B. Eng graduate in Aerospace Engineering from Carleton University. His interest in space began with a capstone […]

TEPS April Seminar - April 14th, 2021 @ 2pm ET

Featured Speakers: Thomas Vandal, Tim Hallatt, Alexander Frias Thomas Vandal Thomas Vandal received his B.Sc. from McGill University in 2020. During his undergraduate studies, Thomas completed two summer internships at the Institute for research on exoplanets (iREx) under the supervision of René Doyon, Julien Rameau and Lauren Weiss. He worked on modelling the stellar pulsations […]

TEPS March 2021 Seminar w/ Abhishek Gupta

Featured Speaker: Abhishek Gupta Bio Abhishek Gupta is the Founder and Principal Researcher at the Montreal AI Ethics Institute (​ ) and a Machine Learning Engineer at Microsoft where he serves on the CSE Responsible AI Board. He is representing Canada for the International Visitor Leaders Program (IVLP) administered by the US State Department as […]

TEPS February 2021 Seminar w/ Victoria Meadows

Title: Do The Clouds of Venus Contain Phosphine? Abstract: The observation of a 266.94 GHz feature in the Venus spectrum has been attributed to phosphine (PH3) in the Venus clouds, suggesting unexpected geological, chemical or even biological processes. Since both PH3 and sulfur dioxide (SO2) are spectrally active near 266.94 GHz, the contribution to this […]

TEPS January 2021 Seminar w/ BJ Fulton

Title: Is our Solar System Unique? A Holistic View of Exoplanet Demographics Abstract: The Kepler and K2 missions blessed the community with a plethora of planet transit detections which enabled studies of exoplanet size demographics. Much of the recent progress in this field is driven by improved characterization of the stellar hosts. Our group recently […]

TEPS December 2020 Seminar w/ Ellyne Kinney

Ellyne Kinney is a Principal Solutions Engineer at MDA. Her expertise lies in Aerospace Program Management and Engineering, with experience in technical program management and systems engineering for ground and space-based remote sensing missions, instrument system integration and testing, and ground as well as on-orbit calibration. She was a key contributor to projects that include […]