• Measuring the stars: an essential step to learn how the other “Earths” are like
    An international team, led by the Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA), is defining the way PLATO mission, of European Space Agency (ESA), will extract the maximum amount of information from a set of the satellite’s target stars.
  • New research links the compositions of rocky exoplanets and of their host stars
    Led by a researcher from the Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA), this work was published today in the journal Science. It shows that, although the composition between rocky planets and host stars does correlate, it is not one-to-one, as models previously assumed.
  • Rocky exoplanet with just half the mass of Venus dicovered
    The team, which includes several resesarchers from Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA), shed new light on the exoplanets orbiting the nearby star L98-59, detecting a planet with half the mass of Venus, a water world, and a possible planet in the habitable zone.
  • Unique exoplanet photobombs Cheops study of nearby star system
    While exploring two exoplanets in the bright nearby star Nu2 Lupi, ESA’s Cheops satellite has unexpectedly spotted the system’s third known planet crossing the face of the star. The analisys of this transit, which included several resesarchers from Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA), revealed details which make this planet unique.
  • Asteroid named after Portuguese astrophysicist
    The asteroide (40210) 1998 SL56 is now designated (40210) Peixinho, the name of the Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) and University of Coimbra researcher.
  • Dark Energy Survey reveals that the Universe is just slightly less clumpy than predicted
    The Dark Energy Survey (DES) collaboration, which includes a researcher of the Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA), created the most precise map, so far, of the shapes and the distribution of the galaxies in the Universe.
  • New pole of IA in the University of Coimbra
    With the creation of the University of Coimbra pole, the Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) is now present in three portuguese universities.
  • Going up is the new move on Venus
    The largest ever quest for atmospheric wave patterns on the night side of Venus, and a new window onto vertical winds, are the two recent major insights into the super rotating cloud level of the planet, made by researchers of the Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA).
  • 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).
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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.
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