• Citizen Science project integrates elementary school teachers in research
    CoAstro is a citizen science project, developed by researchers at Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço and at the Science Faculty of the University of Porto, which involves elementary school teachers in astronomy research and outreach.
  • Planet hunter with portuguese DNA reveals its first images
    The NIRPS spectrograph, developed and build with the participation of the Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço, will observe the Universe in infrared, thus complementing visible band spectrographs like HARPS, at the La Silla Observatory, and ESPRESSO, at the Paranal Observatory.
  • Artificial Intelligence helps in the identification of astronomical objects
    SHEEP is a new artificial intelligence software, developed by researchers at Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço, to help classify astronomical sources.
  • European Research Council grants 2.5 million euro fund to develop new methods for the detection of other earths in the Universe
    For the next 5 years, project FIERCE, led by Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço researcher Nuno Cardoso Santos, will develop new data analysis methods, to model and characterize, with unprecedent precision, the origins of stellar noise, which will lead the way to the detection of Earth 2.0.
  • European Space Agency orders IA’s optical technology
    An optical calibration system produced by the Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) for the PLATO space mission has been trusted by the European Space Agency (ESA) for a third direct order, outside the consortium.
  • Portuguese researchers use NASA tool to try to solve several mysteries of the Solar System
    A team of researchers of the Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) analysed observations of the atmosphere of Solar System planets, together with a simulator of chemical abundances, to help answering questions about life outside Earth, volcanism on Venus, and the water history on Mars.
  • Stars for Ukraine – Relief Astronomy Event
    The Institute of Astrophysics and Space Sciences (IA) joins the solidarity movement for Ukraine, and organises a free astronomy event to collect goods to be sent to refugee populations from Ukraine.
  • The secret of Venus may be hidden in the heat of the night
    The most complete profile of Venus winds parallel to the equator on the nightside launches fresh clues on the possible link between the rampant greenhouse effect of the atmosphere and the violence of the winds at the top of the cloud deck, according to a new study led by the Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço.
  • New planet detected around star closest to the Sun
    The exoplanet, named Proxima d, was detected by a team lead by an Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço researcher, and is the "lightest" ever discovered with the radial velocity method.
  • Rare super-mercury discovered
    With data from NASA's Kepler space mission and ESO's HARPS and CORALIE spectrographs, a team lead by an Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço researcher, was able to discover a rare super mercury.
  • Cheops reveals a rugby ball-shaped exoplanet
    This research, lead by an Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço researcher, is the first time that the deformation of an exoplanet has been detected.
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The Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) is a research infrastructure with a national dimension. It embodies a bold vision for the development of Astronomy, Astrophysics and Space Sciences in Portugal, taking full advantage and fully realizing the potential created by the national membership of the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Southern Observatory (ESO).
The research and development effort at the IA includes most of the topics presently, and for the next decade, at the forefront of research in Astrophysics and Space Sciences, from the Solar System to the large-scale properties of the Universe, complemented by work on instrumentation and systems with potential use in Astronomy and Astrophysics projects.
The provision of advanced training is also at the core of IA, with the support of teaching and research at undergraduate and postgraduate level in Astronomy, Astrophysics and Space Sciences related degrees, in particular at the Universities of Lisbon and Porto, where such degrees have more solid backing. The Doctoral networks PhD::SPACE and DAEPHYS, recently funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), are examples of the commitment of IA in this area.
The public outreach groups of IA are recognized as Outreach ESO partners, engaging in a broad range of public outreach activities, most of them based at the Porto Planetarium and at the Astronomical Observatory of Lisbon. Our main objective in outreach is to be the prime source of information on Astronomy, Astrophysics and Space Sciences topics for the media and the public in Portugal, and to improve the public awareness of the latest and most relevant findings in Astrophysics and Space Sciences.
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