• Rescuing gravity from the edge
    The bizarre space-time predictions of Einstein's General Relativity might be wiped out by a modified version of the theory, with extensive applications now laid down in a comprehensive review article co-authored by a researcher of the Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA).
  • Planet Earth: catastrophe in slow motion
    In the February session of Noites no Observatório, with João Lin Yun, of IA, learn about the actual risks faced by the human species and imposed by the climate change.
  • ESPRESSO makes ESO's VLT the largest optical telescope in the world
    The ESPRESSO spectrograph, partially built by Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA), has used the combined light of all four of the 8.2-metre Unit Telescopes for the first time. Combining light from the Unit Telescopes in this way makes the VLT the largest optical telescope in existence in terms of collecting area.
  • Two IA researchers awarded Marie Curie Fellowships
    Researchers of Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço receive European support to develop two research projects in the field of study of exoplanets.
  • Sun analog helps in understanding of Sun's variability and its effect on our climate
    This new study, published in The Astrophysical Journal, has the participation of several Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) reseachers.
  • The next generation exoplanet hunter has arrived
    The next-generation spectrograph ESPRESSO, whose construction was co-led by Instituto de Astrofísica e Cências 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.
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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.
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