• Supercomputers are clearing up the Venus’ skies
    The most precise version of the full-physics 3D model of the atmosphere of Venus gives insights into its highly unstable and largely unexplored outer layers, according to two new studies, each co-authored and led by researchers of the Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA).
  • Portuguese team moves forward towards the implementation of the MOONS spectrograph
    One of the components of the MOONS spectrograph, designed by a team from Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA), is about to travel to the Paranal Observatory, in Chile, after passing the stage of “Preliminary Acceptance in Europe”.
  • Project in innovation and entrepreneurship training for young researchers kicks-off
    Project SKIES, in which Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) is involved, started this month.
  • Portuguese solution for Athena space telescope was given green light by ESA
    The optical component, led by the Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA), and which will be part of the future European space telescope for X-ray Astronomy, has passed the System Requirements Review and will now start the project phase.
  • First observations of Cosmic Web filaments
    With observations from the MUSE spectrograph, a team or researchers, including from Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA), has managed to observe cosmic filaments, when the Universe was about 15% of its current age.
  • A new method to measure stellar inclinations
    Led by Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) researchers, a new study developed a method to measure, in an automatic way, the inclination angle between the Earth and the rotation axis of red giant stars.
  • IA researchers among World’s scientists of greatest impact
    A list of the World’s most cited scientists includes six researchers of the Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA).
  • Six-exoplanet system challenges current planet forming theories
    Using a combination of telescopes, including ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) and ESA’s CHEOPS space mission, astronomers have revealed a system consisting of six exoplanets, five of which are locked in a rare rhythm around their central star. However, the sizes and masses of the planets challenge current theories of planet formation.
  • Cosmic giants launch a new era in radio astronomy
    The discovery of two new giant galaxies in the radio emission suggests that many more of these impressive structures are about to be revealed, according to an international study with the collaboration of the Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA).
  • ESPRESSO spectrograph studies exoplanetary atmospheres
    The results, which will soon be published in three papers with the participation of several Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) researchers, illustrate this instrument's capabilities to characterize exoplanetary atmospheres.
  • Ariel mission formally adopted by the European Space Agency
    This ESA mission, the first dedicated to study the nature, formation and evolution of exoplanets, has a strong participation of several researchers from Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA).
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INSTITUTE OF
ASTROPHYSICS AND
SPACE SCIENCES
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).
RESEARCH
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.
TRAINING
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.
OUTREACH
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.
Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia COMPETE 2020 PORTUGAL 2020 União Europeia