Leslie Moranta - Astrophysics

Leslie is a doctoral student in astrophysics at the Université de Montréal. Passionate about astronomy from an early age, she works at theInstitute for Research on Exoplanets (iREx), the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium and the American Museum of Natural History on the study of young star clusters and the discovery of new exoplanets.

Project: Young stars - artificial intelligence to understand them better

" The stars we see in the sky are in fact very similar to human beings: they are born, grow, evolve in groups, and end their days when they no longer have the energy to carry on.

On the other hand, unlike humans, stars are more difficult to access. To study them, we have to rely on the reliability of a range of highly complex instruments, both those on Earth and those we send into space.

But how can we tell young stars from older ones, how can we determine whether they have planetary systems, and above all, how do we know we can trust the data we receive? 

You guessed it, that's what this research project is all about! By joining my team, our goal will be to train an artificial intelligence that detects these different features in the stars closest to us using data from the TESS satellite, which captures the light that comes from the stars. "

This mentored research project will be carried out in French or English, either face-to-face in Montreal or remotely.