• PhD::SPACE student wins Humboldt fellowship
    A researcher from Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) has received a prestigious Humboldt fellowship.
  • TESS reveals an improbable planet
    Using asteroseismology, a team, led by an Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) researcher, studied two red-giant stars known to have exoplanets, and in one of them found a seemingly improbable planet.
  • Astrophysicists use artificial intelligence to determine exoplanets sizes
    A team of Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço researchers developed a way to constrain the radius of an exoplanet knowing its mass, using a machine learning technique.
  • From Venus to other worlds
    Unprecedented precision in the measurements of winds on Venus made use of an instrument built to study exoplanets, in a work led by researchers of Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA).
  • Astronomers observe a Cosmic Jellyfish
    An international team, with the participation of an Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) researcher, used data from the ALMA radiotelescope to produce a detailed map of the gas tails of the ESO137-001 galaxy.
  • Gaia-ESO survey helps to estimate the age of giant stars
    With data from this survey, partly analyzed by the Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA), researchers determined that the C/N abundance ratio can be used to estimate the age of giant stars.
  • A new measurement technique found at the frontier between Physics and Astronomy
    The scattering of laser light in the atmosphere enables the measurement of the accuracy of astronomical spectrographs, through a technique demonstrated for the first time with the participation of researchers of the Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço.
  • IA researcher is a Visiting Scientist at the Kavli
    The Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics is the foremost scientific research facility in theoretical physics and allied fields, where the scientific community congregates for sustained periods of time, to work together intensely on a broad range of questions arising from investigations at the leading edges of science.
  • Three regions on the sky selected for the dive into the deep Universe
    The Euclid space telescope knows already where and when to dive deep in the dark Universe, and the locations on the sky have been chosen with the collaboration of researchers of the Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA).
  • TESS first light on stellar physics
    Among the 32 thousand stars observed in short cadence in the first 2 months of science operations, asteroseismic data from the TESS space mission revealed 5 rare roAp stars, including the fastest pulsator in this class.
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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