• 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).
  • CHEOPS observes its first exoplanet
    ESA’s new exoplanet mission, CHEOPS, has successfully completed its almost three months of in-orbit commissioning, exceeding expectations for its performance, and observed its first exoplanet.
  • Unraveling formation time-scales of galactic bulges
    A new study lead by Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) researchers provided new insights into galaxy formation and evolution.
  • Waves in thin air with wide effects
    Understanding a type of air waves in the Mars' atmosphere improves the meteorology for the red planet, according to a study led by the Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA).
  • ESPRESSO observes an exoplanet with iron rain
    A team of researchers from Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) was part of a study which detected and characterized the atmosphere of exoplanet WASP-76b, a study only made possible thanks to the ESPRESSO spectrograph.
  • “Cotton Candy” exoplanet might be planet with rings
    A team from Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) found evidence which suggests this type of exoplanet, apparently with very low densities, might be similar to Uranus, with rings more than 2.5 times the size of the planet.
  • First image from CHEOPS space telescope
    This first science image from CHEOPS, which had the participation of Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço researchers, was intentionally blurry to maximize the precision of CHEOPS’ measurements.
  • Indigenous star helps to understand the past of the Milky Way
    Data from satellite TESS made possible the characterization and dating of a star from the Indus constellation, allowing for a better understanding of a past galactic collision, in a study with the participation of researchers from Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA).
  • The turbulent life of two black holes caught in a galactic collision
    The most detailed image of the material surrounding two supermassive black holes in a galaxy in the process of merging was obtained with the collaboration of a researcher now at 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.
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