• A water world in another planetary system
    An international team, including several researchers from Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA), studied in detail the LHS 1140 system and found that the "b" exoplanet, which orbits within the stars habitability zone, should have a large ocean of liquid water.
  • First results from CHEOPS reveal peculiar star and extreme exoplanet
    The exoplanet WASP-189 b, detected by a team including several Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) researchers, has a temperature of nearly 3200º C.
  • Euclid is closer to revealing the geometry and history of the Cosmos
    The two scientific instruments of the Euclid mission will be integrated with the space telescope. Portugal, through the Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA), takes part in the planning and in the future science of this ambitious mission.
  • Decades-long deep giant cloud disruption discovered on Venus
    A planetary-scale cloud discontinuity has been periodically lashing the depths of the thick blanket of clouds on Venus for at least 35 years, says a study with the participation of the Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA).
  • Portugal leads the development of a system for the space telescope that will scan the Universe in X-rays
    The Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) won the contract of the European Space Agency to develop a precision optical system for the future high-energy space telescope.
  • Undressed planet provides glimpse of the inside of giants like Jupiter
    The core of a planet stripped of its atmosphere might reveal the nature of the solid inner part of the giant planets in the Solar System, according to a study with the participation of eight researchers of Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA).
  • A Mini Solar System and the youngest rocky exoplanets found
    An international team of astronomers, including researchers from Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço have reported discovering a “miniaturized” version of our solar system, and some of the youngest rocky planets discovered to date.
  • ESPRESSO confirms the nearest exo-Earth
    An international team, with the participation of several researchers from Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA), used the ESPRESSO spectrograph to confirmed the presence of the exoplanet Proxima b, the nearest “exo-Earth” to our Solar System.
  • A new machine learning tool to derive stellar parameters
    A team from Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço developed an automatic computational tool, able to quickly and reliably derive stellar parameters of red dwarf stars.
  • Awarded Euclid’s exploration track
    A prize from one of the large European Space Agency missions was awarded to a team with a strong participation of 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