• The Universe beyond the imagination
    Noites no Observatório
    16th December, 2017, with Fernando Buitrago, of IA
    Join us on a journey from our Earth to the edges of the Universe and of the human understanding.
  • The next generation exoplanet hunter has arrived
    The next-generation spectrograph ESPRESSO, whose construction was co-led by Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) is already operating at the Very Large Telescope.
  • MUSE probes Hubble Ultra Deep Field
    The MUSE instrument allowed an international team, which includes a Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço researcher, conducted the deepest spectroscopic survey ever.
  • Closest temperate exoplanet discovered orbiting star close to the Sun
    Ross 128 b is the closest Earth-sized exoplanet orbiting a quiet red dwarf star, which may increase the likelihood that this planet could potentially harbor life. It was detected with the HARPS spectrograph, with the participation of Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço.
  • Portuguese researchers in the front row to study the childhood of the Universe.
    The Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) participates in the science and construction of the next-generation instrument for the forth-coming largest optical telescope in the world.
  • Want to work with us and help to shape the future of Astrophysics?
    See the list of open opportunities
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.
Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia